Top Qualities of High-Performing Employees

By Dennis McCafferty
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Have you ever wondered whether you have what it takes to be one of your company's top-performers? Then consider the following checklist of must-have qualities of indispensable professionals, so you can perform a self-assessment. Sure, opinions will vary, but there are a number of core characteristics that employers and HR experts frequently cite. They include traits related to motivation, resourcefulness, knowledge base, time management and a team focus. Few workers can honestly claim to score "10s" on every quality highlighted here, but everyone can identify where on this list they shine and where they need to improve. Our top-performer qualities were adapted from a number of online postings, including those contributed by Laura Stack, author of Execution IS the Strategy (Berrett-Koehler/available now), and (through LinkedIn.com) Kevin Daum, an entrepreneur and marketing consultant. "It takes a lot to recruit and maintain top talent," Daum writes. "As an employer, I have always been grateful for those special employees who come along and just get it. They understand the power of cause and effect, drive the company forward, and know exactly what they need to do for advancement and rewards."

This article was originally published on 2014-08-07
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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