To compete in the modern workplace, you need to be a creative and innovative employee. Here are 10 characteristics of great employees;
1. Solve problems.
Fix the tough things that others aren’t willing to tackle. The path to success is a difficult one for those who focus their energy on the mundane tasks that anyone can do. Those who create value are the ones who fix the big problems that companies face.
2. Be an Opportunist
3. Earn it.
Don’t ever adopt a mindset of entitlement. We all know that we’re worth something, but we aren’t owed anything. Employee entitlement mindset manifests itself in the workplace in many ways; the poor performer who asks for a severance package after being fired; the employee who fails to meet sales goals but demands a bonus anyway; or those who expect bonuses just for fulfilling the basic bullet points on a job description.
4. Don’t show up for a paycheck.
Show up because you’re passionate about what you do, who you work for, and you believe in your product or service. The money will follow.
Don’t wait for the timing or circumstances to be just right, they rarely are. Learn to make the best decisions you can then activate.
6. Become a people person.
And I don’t mean socialize more. Intentionally surround yourself with the right people. “A” players. People who will inspire you to be better and achieve better results. Then invest in other people and treat everyone with respect.
Leaders are learners. Read books and magazines, listen to CDs, attend a seminar or a training course, blog, and network with other professionals and share best practices. Meet with others in your business to gain perspective.
8. Be yourself.
You bring something unique and valuable. It makes you different. Don’t try to fit a mold, if you do you’ll find yourself expending all your energy trying to be someone that you’re not and neglecting the value that you bring. And ultimately, you’ll be found out eventually anyway because we all revert back to who we are. Find someone who appreciates you for being you.
9. Own it.
Your successes and your failures. In interviews, I listen intently as to how others describe their failures. Do they talk about what they did, how they learned, and how they became better, or do they blame a boss, coworker or a company. Everyone has failures and successes. Leaders own them and become better.
Arrogance is one of the traits that should not be encouraged by anyone. Nobody likes a bragger; so being humble is important.
Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.– Harold B. Lee
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Culled from: Ronalvesteffer.