Although no one listening is likely to be on the 2024 moon mission, we can all learn a lot from the astronauts NASA has chosen.  In a recent article Psychologist James Picano shared the three qualities — besides the technical skills and abilities — that made these women and men ideal for the job

  • They put their differences aside for the sake of the mission.  They can overcome the challenges of not only being a diverse group, but one that will work closely with counterparts from other countries.  
  • They are excellent communicators.  They’re able to translate complex systems and ideas into everyday language so everyone can understand. 
  • They know when to lead and when to follow.  They’re humble enough to know when someone else with different expertise needs to lead and when they need to give that person their support.  

These are soft skills that everyone, no matter position, can use to be a better team member.