Need for the Acquisition of Soft Skills for Enhanced Leadership trough English Fantasy Literature in the Digital Era

Dr.V. Vijayalakshmi and Dr.S. Patchainayagi

Aim: soft skills’ is a term related to a collection of personal, positive attributes and competencies that enhance a person’s relationships, job performance and value to the market. Soft skills include one’s ability to listen well, communicate effectively, approach positively, handle conflict, take responsibility, show respect, build trust, work well with others, manage time effectively, accept criticism, work under pressure, amiable to others and demonstrate good manners. The nature of today’s job demands creativity, confidence, assertiveness and team building skills. In order to survive and thrive in the highly competitive environment, organisations require employees with good sot skills and this paper discusses on training the soft skills needed for the workplace using literature. Method and Material: English is a global language and it is by and far the most useful language for international communication and for multilateral contacts today. English Literature helps its readers enhance their imagination level as the readers visualize the situation. This involvement may be more absorbing for the students than the usual lesson found in the textbook because a play or novel may engage students in complicated adult issues. An English teacher can create a wonderful classroom atmosphere to teach and train soft skills using literature as a tool. The age old quote by Confucius ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’, ascertains the fact that only through a good blend of theory and practice, students can be made to acquire the skills effectively. Conclusion: This paper focuses on the need for soft skills training to students for acquiring enhanced leadership through fantasy English literature ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.

Volume 11 | 04-Special Issue

Pages: 2255-2262