During my 24 years in the Navy, I worked hard to develop the soft skills that I can now apply to my professional career and the projects that I lead. Soft skills are essential to ensuring projects are successful. Skills like leading, coaching, and empowering those around you are vital to a project management role. Skills such as working to achieve the best out of your team and capturing the hearts and minds of those around you are also key to effective project management. Being able to schedule, budget, resource, plan and navigate risk and issue management, is all part of the job. Without people, projects do not happen, which means being able to effectively use soft skills are equally as vital as the hard skills required for a competent project manager.