Many modern female leaders naturally spend time mastering the “people” process.Dave Kotinsky/ Getty Images

Many modern female leaders naturally spend time mastering the “people” process. Dave Kotinsky/ Getty Images

What used to be called “soft” skills are now some of the most coveted skill sets in the business world — now and for the foreseeable future.

As Boomers retire for next decade at a rate of 10,000 per day, they will be replaced by female leaders — many of them Millennials.

Both women and Millennials put a premium on communication, community, and meaningful connection. We are entering a whole different era of leadership with millennial female execs as the new powerhouse leaders.

Many modern female leaders naturally spend time mastering the “people” process. Their business experience and inherent personality traits give them the ability to connect with and motivate people. They can easily advocate and facilitate between different groups, sectors, and departments, and run interference between technical and creative parties to launch major products.

Soft skills — the ability to be compassionate, empathetic, sensitive, and human, creating a safe psychological space — are a sought after combination lead by companies like Google. The company recently commissioned a three-year study called Project Aristotle that attempted to determine the factors of a productive team. What distinguished the good teams from the bad was the way people treated each other. High-performing teams had high social sensitivity characterized by trust, mutual respect, and real connections.

Most of these soft skills are innate for thoughtful female leaders. You probably already possess most of them, and can easily master them. Because of this, you are the most coveted type of leader in the workplace today. These are factors recognized by leading CEOs, like The Container Store’s Kip Tindell. They have been ranked for 16 years as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and Tindell is enthusiastically supportive of his workforce … 70% of them women.

This is the perfect time for female leaders to embrace these strengths, and seize the “soft” skill leadership advantage at their fingertips. In fact, if you are suppressing your natural skills and trying to emulate traditional “tough” leadership skills, you might even be feeling stunted, frustrated, or unwell.

The interesting reality is that when we don’t exercise this side of the work balance, we see a lot of illness, burnout, fatigue, conflict and missed opportunity. Embracing and developing these characteristics is the most important way you can shape your career right now. Here’s how to embrace and use your “soft” skills masterfully.