Seven Traits of Top Performers

Seven Traits of Top Performers 

Earlier  this week, I was asked, “What common characteristics do you see across strong performers?” As I thought about my answer, seven traits emerged. While the below seven traits are by no means exhaustive, I believe they are representative of the people that consistently deliver strong performance.

  • Attitude is the difference maker. You can control your attitude. A positive attitude triumphs a negative attitude every time. Attitude determines circumstances; circumstances do not determine attitude.
  • Be a problem-solver, not a problem-spotter. If you see an area where you can help the organization or team, step up and lead. Work to solve problems, not just spot them. Followers spot problems; leaders solve them.
  • Commit to personal development. Do not wait for your company to train you. Take responsibility for your personal development and growth. When it comes to improving you, it is the responsibility of you.
  • Deliver consistent and predictable performance. The more consistent and predictable your performance, the more confidence and faith others will have in you. Execution excellence is the goal.
  • Focus on what you can control. When you get frustrated, make a list of what you can and cannot control about the situation. Only focus on what you can control. If you focus on what you cannot control, you waste energy.
  • Have fun. There is no contradiction between being intense and having fun at the same time. Work is about a team of people working together toward something bigger than themselves and enjoying the experience along the way.
  • Take Initiative. Do not wait for others build relationships with you or take action on your behalf. Take the initiative yourself. “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than get permission.”

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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