What Are 10 Essential Organizational Skills?

by K Sue Redman ; Updated September 26, 2017

There are 10 essential organizational skills that can be developed through a combination of self-awareness techniques and situational practices. Self-care methods promote self-awareness, and first-hand learning experiences provide situational practice.


Self-awareness may be achieved by taking care of one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, also known as self-care. The methods and quantity of self-care vary according to personal preference and include behaviors such as exercise, journaling, yoga and meditation, all of which make a person more aware of self.

Organizational Skills Developed Through Self-awareness

Self-motivation, self-discipline and positive attitude are three organizational skills that may be derived through persistent self-awareness techniques. Other developed skills include accountability, sense of urgency and ethics and integrity. All of these organizational skills are internally driven based on conscious choices.

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Situational Practice

Situational practice provides the first-hand learning experiences in the context of situational events and promotes the development of analytical and problem-solving skills.

Organizational Skills Developed Through Situational Practice

Analytical and problem-solving skills that develop through practice include communication, prioritization, flexibility and teamwork.


Essential organizational skills are developed through two distinct yet synchronistic means: self-awareness and situational practice. Applying both of these methods will result in continual development and improvement of highly coveted organizational skills.

About the Author

K. Sue Redman is President of Redman Advisors, a private consulting firm specializing in the areas of enterprise risk management, corporate finance, accounting and strategy. She is also an executive professor in the accounting department of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. She has been writing business articles for five years and her articles have appeared in "Compliance Week", "DIrectors and Boards" and "Business Officer." She is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a CPA licensed in Texas, Arizona and California.

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