10 Important Soft Skills You Can Get with an MBA Degree

Professionals in MBA programs around the globe strive to gain the skills needed for career success. An MBA degree represents the qualifications that a graduate has gained. Yet, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), career success is not rooted solely in technical qualifications, but rather soft skills that will help you move your way to the top.

Technical qualifications often help you land a job, but having specific soft skills might be the difference in how quickly you move up the corporate ladder.

An MBA degree not only teaches you technical and professional skills but the best MBA programs also teach you soft skills necessary for career success.

The infographic below highlights 10 soft skills that are needed for career success. At the top of the list is innovation and the ability to develop new ideas and approaches. Also included on the list are collaboration including developing relationships and accomplishing team goals and decision making including assessing risks, opportunities and alternatives.

Take a look at the infographic below for the complete list of skills and a short description of each.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, George Mason’s MBA Program prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA degree is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.

MBA degree teaches 10 Soft skills for success

Source: GMAC

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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