Technology may be the leading driver for innovation today, but many professionals think people still mean everything to a successful business.

This is known among many HR professionals, but as industries become more “disrupted” by new technologies, it might be worth looking into the must-have skills to thrive in the workplace of the future.

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This year, many technological innovations have shaped the way we live our day-to-day lives. For instance, who would’ve thought way back in the 2000s that a decade later, one could get a job as a social media manager?

Social hiring has also revolutionized the recruitment industry, with many HR professionals reaching out to job seekers directly through their social media accounts. And we’re just talking about the tip of the iceberg here, as there’s a whole lot more that has changed since then.

Despite technology taking the limelight for the progressive changes we see today, much of the foundation of successful businesses are the fruit of individuals—leaders, managers, and employees alike—who had the necessary skills that allowed them to contribute to the success of their organizations. That’s because, without a collaborative working environment and a workplace culture built on empathy, a business will fall apart, no matter how advanced its technology is. It’s that simple.

Human capital is still the most important element of a successful business. Robots may become more common in the future as they get more powerful, but it’s a still a long way to go before they can replace humans in leadership and managerial roles.

Therefore, one can say that the successful professional of the future is someone who has the creativity to solve technical problems and emotional intelligence to build relationships and inspire his team towards a vision.

[Infographic] Skills of the Future: 10 Skills You’ll Need to Thrive in 2020

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