15 Critical Traits of Top Performers - American Society of Employers - Linda Olejniczak

15 Critical Traits of Top Performers

In every organization, top performers stand out not just for their skills but for their attitude and approach to work. These individuals possess certain traits that set them apart and drive the success of their teams and companies. Here are 15 critical traits of top performers:

  1. Action-Oriented: Top performers don't wait for instructions; they take the initiative and start tasks before being asked.
  2. Hard Working: They have a strong work ethic. They focus on getting things done efficiently and avoid wasting time on unproductive activities.
  3. Solutions-Focused: Instead of merely pointing out problems, top performers are the first to seek solutions. They bring ideas and options to the table rather than just highlighting issues.
  4. Proactive Updater: Regular updates and progress reports are a hallmark of a top performer. They ensure that there are no last-minute surprises by keeping everyone informed and seeking help when needed.
  5. Willing to Stretch: Top performers step outside their job descriptions when necessary and never utter the phrase, “That’s not my job.”
  6. Learning Obsessed: They have a passion for continuous learning. They ask questions, present new information, and do not rely solely on their past experiences.
  7. Respectful Dissenter: Top performers are not afraid to voice their opinions, even if they differ from the majority. However, they do so professionally and do not sabotage outcomes if their opinions are not adopted.
  8. Adaptable: Top performers remain positive and adaptable when things change, avoiding the mindset of, “That’s how we’ve always done it.”
  9. Open to Feedback: They actively seek feedback from all directions and use it constructively.
  10. Ownership-Minded: They believe in fixing issues themselves rather than blaming others and understand that ownership leads to better outcomes.
  11. Kind: Empathy and kindness are key traits. They support colleagues, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.
  12. Reliable: Top performers do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it, and avoid making excuses.
  13. Infectious Enthusiasm: Even if they are not in leadership positions, they inspire and motivate those around them.
  14. Yes-and Attitude: Instead of shutting down ideas, top performers build on them.
  15. Collaborative: Top performers work well with others, teach, and support their teammates without back stabbing or hoarding information.

By embodying these traits, top performers not only excel in their roles but also elevate the entire team’s performance. Cultivating these attributes can help anyone become a standout contributor in their organization.



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