My three teenagers are straight-A students, which means they can tell you all about Julius Caesar, how to find the area of a polygon, and the symbolism in To Kill A Mockingbird. But how strong is their emotional intelligence? How effective is their communication when they’re not using Snapchat? Can they lead others? Do they have grit?
In a world where more and more work is being automated (yes, the robots really are coming), counter-intuitively, soft-skills matter more than ever before. And specifically, leadership skills are the most in demand. One high school in Longmont, Colorado, demonstrates that teaching traditional academics and real-world interpersonal skills don’t have to be mutually exclusive.