What traits make for a great employee? Depending on who you ask, there are thousands of possible answers to this question. We narrowed down the list, collecting the qualities that tie together top-performing employees. See what traits will bring out your inner star and how they apply to any job.
Quality of work means nothing if it comes at the cost of an individual’s integrity or reflects poorly upon their organization.
When a project/task is assigned that project/task will be completed; or if there are bumps in the road, there is early notification of those bumps and ideas for how the team can reach the main goal through an alternate path.
Outcomes must be used to inform future strategy or processes won’t improve.
They know that to get better results, they must try new things.
They listen respectfully to other peoples’ ideas without judgment; they ask for and offer support to their teammates.
They have a mindset which tends to build relationships, promote healthy dialog, expand ideas, encourage the upward flow of ideas and stimulate innovation. They always look for the possibilities in an idea.
They ask the question “what more can I/we do to get the results we desire?”
- Assume positive intent
They assume the best in others and believe that everyone is doing the best they can, given their current thinking. They do not act on their assumptions.
- Good listener
They give someone their full attention in conversation and don’t multi-task while listening; they hear the entire message, understand beyond the words being spoken and gain deeper insight and perspective.
They appreciate positive behavior that strengthens relationships and improves morale.
They have a positive attitude and are enthusiastic.
- Role Model/Leader
They are conscious of the shadow they cast and model the behaviors and attitudes that they want to see in their colleagues.
- Good communicator
They are able to make themselves understood and do not hesitate to ask others for clarification when necessary.
They try to understand their teammates’ perspectives when deciding how best to support each other.
They are able to work with a variety of personalities, in a variety of conditions, and are willing to adapt to address unfamiliar or changing obstacles.
Their work ethic is fueled by a personal desire to succeed, rather than drawn from an external source.
Trust is crucial to working as a team, and honesty is the key to establishing trust in a relationship.
They allow themselves to become emotionally invested in their work, which yields better outcomes.
Little mistakes can have big consequences, so they pay attention to the details, which allows them to understand the bigger picture.
When they face a tricky problem, they dig their teeth in rather than admitting defeat.