The Significance of Soft Skills in Education and Leadership With Chantelle Kohn | Season 2: Episode 4

In this episode, I am joined by Chantelle Kohn –  educator, facilitator, change-maker, and Founder of The Change Collab, specialising in helping leaders, teams and teachers develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to create and sustain thriving communities. 

In this conversation, we unravel the significance of “soft skills” in education, exploring their role in leadership, the intersection with emotional intelligence, and actionable steps for educators to take to enhance these vital competencies, fostering transformative outcomes for both individuals and school communities

In this episode, we cover:

  • The importance of personal development so you can have a positive impact at home, in the workplace and in the community
  • How having a scientist mindset versus a judge mindset can help us cultivate deeper relationships
  • The difference between soft and hard skills and why a balance of both is needed
  • Why soft skills are particularly essential in education for leaders and staff
  • How building trust and connection with your teams is essential to resolving and preventing conflict
  • Which soft skills are most essential in the education space
  • Common challenges educators may be facing that could be greatly improved by focused work on building soft skills and emotional intelligence
  • Practical steps that we can take to begin developing our soft skills individually and as a whole school community
  • The positive changes that can be seen when a school focuses on developing their people’s soft skills and emotional intelligence

About Chantelle Kohn:

Chantelle Kohn, is an educator, facilitator and change-maker with over a decade of leadership development experience within the non-profit, corporate, government and education sectors. She is passionate about helping others develop the human competencies to transform our communities and create a better society for all. Previously, as a Director of Learning and Development, Chantelle designed and implemented training programs and corporate training for facilitator teams in Australia and across the globe.

Chantelle is now the Founder and Director of The Change Collab, specialising in helping leaders, teams and teachers develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to create and sustain thriving communities. She is passionate about supporting leaders to build their capacity to be transformative leaders, team members or educators by strengthening their human skills (‘soft skills’), emotional intelligence, global competence, and intercultural competence. All of which can lead to an increase in the social, emotional and academic outcomes of our students. 

Thank you so much for listening. I’m so honoured that you’re here and would be so grateful if you could leave me a review on Apple Podcasts or on your preferred podcast app – that way, we can inspire and educate even more people together.

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