The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

  1. 1 Demonstrate the importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace.

Photo of Virginia Rometty shaking hands with a man in Beijing while smiling

IBM Chief Executive Virginia Rometty has the interpersonal skills required to succeed in management. Communication and leadership skills distinguish managers such as Rometty, who rise to the top of their profession. Shown here at a meeting in Beijing, Rometty is an innovative leader capable of driving IBM’s entrepreneurial culture.

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Until the late 1980s, business school curricula emphasized the technical aspects of management, focusing on economics, accounting, finance, and quantitative techniques. Course ...

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