The Importance of Soft Skills for Teachers: Enhancing Communication and Collaboration to Advance Your Career

Teaching is a profession that requires not only subject matter knowledge and pedagogy knowledge but also strong interpersonal skills. These intangible interpersonal skills are now popularly called ‘soft skills’. Soft skills are particular competencies like communication, problem-solving, self-motivation, decision-making, and time management talents.


In today’s modern classroom, teachers are expected to do more than delivering knowledge. They are expected to act as navigators who guide students to overcome problems and to channelise emotions. They also direct students towards a successful life and career. Therefore, soft skills are a crucial part of a successful teacher’s career.

Soft Skills & Teaching Career

Possessing soft skills can significantly enhance communication and collaboration among teachers and students, resulting in better academic outcomes. In addition, the current push towards a knowledge-based economy further lays greater impetus on inculcating soft skills for students and teachers, from an employability lens.

Recruiters today want to hire dependable, resourceful, and ethical teachers with effective communication. They are on the lookout for 21st century teachers who are self-directed, willing to work and learn, and have a positive attitude. Therefore, teachers must invest in developing their soft skills to advance their careers and positively impact their students’ lives.

Let us delve a little deeper into how having soft skills can directly impact teachers’ profession.

How Soft Skills Aid Teachers?

 Effective Communication with Students

Effective communication is the core of any successful teaching career. Teachers need to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues daily. Hence, they must be able to convey complex ideas in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.

Good communication skills allow teachers to explain concepts clearly and answer questions concisely and coherently. Additionally, strong communication skills help them build relationships with their students, which is crucial for creating a positive learning environment.


Collaboration with Colleagues

Teaching is not a solitary profession. Collaboration with other teachers is an essential component of any successful teaching career. For example, teachers may need to work with their colleagues to create lesson plans, develop curricula, or organise extracurricular activities.

Good collaboration skills allow them to work effectively with colleagues, which can result in better student outcomes. Additionally, collaboration skills can help teachers build a network of professional contacts, which can be valuable for career advancement.


Building Positive Relationships with Parents

Parent-teacher relationships are crucial for the success of students. Teachers must build positive relationships with parents to ensure they are involved in their children’s education. Good communication skills are essential for building these relationships.

They must be able to communicate with parents clearly and respectfully. Additionally, they must listen to their concerns and constructively provide feedback. Building positive relationships with parents can help teachers create a supportive learning environment for their students.


Conflict Resolution

Conflict is inevitable in any profession, and teaching is no exception. Teachers, too, may encounter conflicts with colleagues, students, or parents. In such cases, conflict resolution skills allow them to address these conflicts constructively.

Teachers with sound soft skills would be able to listen to all parties involved, identify the root cause of the conflict, and develop an effective solution. As a result, good conflict-resolution skills can help build stronger relationships with colleagues, students, and parents.



Leadership is an essential soft skill for teachers. Teachers are responsible for leading their classrooms and guiding students. Additionally, they may be responsible for leading extracurricular activities or committees.

Good leadership skills allow them to inspire and motivate students and colleagues. Teachers with such skills can set goals, delegate responsibilities, and constructively provide feedback. Good leadership skills can also aid in advancing their career by allowing them to demonstrate their ability to take on more responsibility and give them the confidence to spread their wings in the global education arena.

Wrapping Up

A Deloitte report states, “Soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030”. Teachers need to pay careful attention to this and invest in acquiring and honing these skills to stay relevant in this ever-changing ecosystem.

Teachers trained in soft skills would be able to produce quality human capital that is equipped to mark their way in the coming global future. Hence, reorienting teacher training to include soft skills is the need of the hour.

In conclusion, the importance of equipping teachers with soft skills cannot be overstated, especially in today’s educational landscape, where there is a growing emphasis on holistic personality development. Teachers with the necessary soft skills not only have the opportunity to advance in their careers but also can enhance the learning experiences of their students, ultimately leading to a more successful and empowering journey for all.



(The author is Mr. Rishabh Khanna, Founder, and CEO of Suraasa, and the views expressed in this article are his own)


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