Interpersonal Wellness principle number four is Competency – competencies are skills and abilities acquired through observation, practice, coaching and feedback. No one is born with the necessary skills and competencies to manoeuvre all of life’s challenges. Part of being social beings is that we learn most of what we know by imitation. The same is true for interpersonal skills and for job skills and competencies. There are times however, when we put far too much pressure on ourself and judge those we work with very harshly because they are not competent in a particular skill area. It is important to remember that we are all different and bring different skills to the workplace. We each bring a unique gift to the universe. Learning to respect each other and valuing each other’s strength is far more productive than competing, complaining or criticizing each other. Failure to respect this principle will result in a very unproductive work environment and will negatively impact your occupational wellness.
There are many ways in which one can develop competencies. The first step is to acknowledge the need for improvement. Once this is done the various means include, training and development, observing others, reading, reflection, practicing a skill, and of course by working with a coach. Research has show that one accelerates this process when working with a coach. Our Interpersonal Wellness coaching approach is uniquely geared towards the development of interpersonal skills for relationship and life success.
What competencies do you need to acquire? Are you up to snuff?