Guest Author - Dianne Walker
When you think about essential workplace skills, there are so many that come to mind. Creativity and teamwork, however, are two important skills required by anyone looking to move into a management position or is interested in leadership within the organization. While both can exist without the other, together they provide a strong foundation.
Sometimes when we think about creativity, we think about the ability to do things like paint a picture or be good at crafts. In the professional world, however, creativity actually takes on a different meaning. Creativity in the workplace is the ability to, not only identify challenges and set goals for completion, but also utilize critical-thinking skills and resolve issues. Creativity involves strategic planning from development to project completion. So many organizations these days have wonderful “ideas” but the problem comes in making sure that the “idea” comes to fruition.
Creativity in the workplace also involves multi-tasking or the ability to manage one’s time well in an organized manner. You are not creative if you are pulled in so many different directions that nothing ever gets done. Communication skills are also important when discussing creativity. The ability to create and share the vision is crucial.
Along with the creative aspect, teamwork in the workplace is of utmost importance. Without the ability to work well in a team, leadership is out of the question. Think about teamwork in the workplace. Everyday professional challenges arise that can not be resolved by the individual employee. You must be able to work with others efficiently and effectively.
Teamwork and working with others require the ability to communicate respectfully with peers of different backgrounds, experiences, skills and even agendas. Diversity is often the trademark of a successful team. Teams, which successfully utilize and bring out the best skills in each member, will propel a project to success.
Working on a team requires cooperation and the ability to make decisions as a unit. Everyone might not agree, but general consensus must be reached in order to be effective. Teamwork also involves sharing the credit with all members of the team.
So why are creativity and teamwork essential career skills? As companies are trying to do more with less, the ability to be creative and operate as a team in a workplace environment is critical for not only company success, but career success as well. They also provide the building blocks to becoming a leader in any environment. Do you intend to lead, or maintain a position within a thriving organization? Development of these two skills will provide the perfect foundation.