Intrapersonal skills allow people to identify their strengths and weaknesses while interpersonal skills help people collaborate and work well with others. The skills and topics in this domain help students recognize and reflect on the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of themselves and others. By engaging in this reflective practice, students can grow and develop personally and professionally. Furthermore, these skills can help students strengthen and empower their interactions and relationships with others. Intra- and interpersonal skills complement one another and contribute to work and life success.

What you’ll find on each skill page:

  • Overview and description
  • Importance and relevance to students’ academic lives
  • Strategies and activities for students to apply in their learning

Academic entitlement (learner version)

Academic entitlement is the externalization of responsibility in academic environments and the unrealistic expectation that academic achievement should be granted, regardless of merit or effort.

Emotional intelligence (learner version)

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand one’s emotions and the emotions of others.

Empathy (learner version)

Empathy is the ability to emotionally identify with another person after recognizing their experiences.

Imposter syndrome (learner version)

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon where an individual experiences extreme self-doubt in relation to their skillset, accomplishments, and/or talents.

Knowing your strengths (learner version)

Knowing your strengths is the process of identifying talents, skills, and abilities and playing to those strengths to develop and improve.

Leadership (learner version)

Leadership is the ability to influence or guide others.

Opposing views (learner version)

Opposing views are differences in thoughts, ideas, opinions, or beliefs that are often present during social interactions.

Personal growth and development (learner version)

Personal growth and development refer to the process of continuous improvement towards personal goals.

Reframing failure (learner version)

Reframing failure is the process of embracing failure, recovering from it, and using it to inform future success.

Self-advocacy (learner version)

Self-advocacy is the act of communicating one’s needs and exercising one’s rights.

Self-awareness (learner version)

Self-awareness is the ability to identify one’s thoughts and the practice of understanding how they influence actions and outcomes.

Self-care (learner version)

Self-care is consciously taking steps to support one’s overall health and wellbeing.

Self-motivation (learner version)

Self-motivation or intrinsic motivation is the ability to engage in a behavior or activity without the expectation of an external reward.

Self-promotion (learner version)

Self-promotion is the act or practice of furthering one’s growth to present yourself as competent as possible.

Working with others (learner version)

Working with others is the ability to effectively interact with people to achieve a common goal.