i. Be a part of team activities
It could be either as a part of your church choir, or an NGO, or your local youth circle. Observe your own behavior in the group and how you relate to others.
ii. Ask family members or close friends to write down your best and worst traits.
Ideally, have at least four to five people do this for you. Evaluate the common traits all of them have mentioned. Thus, you can be aware of your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses.
iii. How well do you manage your time?
Think. Can you do more in life? Or is your day too crammed with activities? Effective time management is very essential in the corporate world.
iv. Introspect on how you react to feedback.
In organizations, people’s skills mostly come into the picture when there is feedback given -- be it for an idea, an executed project or a presentation. You are judged by the way you respond to feedback.
Do you get defensive?
Do you insist you were right?
Do you meekly accept criticism?
Remember, people tend to be judged and stereotyped according to their responses. You will, too.
v. How good are you at critiquing?
While responding to feedback is one side of the coin, giving feedback is the other side. Are you aggressive? Are you pessimistic? Do you believe in constructive criticism? Or prefer to be the yes-man?
vi. Live consciously
Any organization is manned by people; therefore soft skills are all about how you deal with people and present yourself.
Most people claim that those things may be easier said than done, however, soft skills can be enhanced simply by being aware of oneself and living consciously.