I’m very fortunate here at Centresource to manage a team of excellent employees. Recently one of them sent me an article published by Inc. Magazine that listed the top eight characteristics of a remarkable employee. I’m thrilled to say our team could be the poster children for this model. The top items on their list where:
- Ignore job descriptions – They adapt quickly to shifting priorities by doing what it takes, regardless of their job role.
- Eccentric – They stand out and are comfortable enough in their own skin to be confident
- Know when to dial it back – They know when something is serious and when it’s funny
- Publicly praise – They recognize the contributions of others in public forums
- Privately complain – They come to you before and after a meeting to discuss sensitive topics rather than lead the group astray
- Speak when others won’t – They have an innate feel for the issues and concerns of those around them
- Prove others wrong – They are driven by something deeper and more personal than just a desire to do a good job
- Always fiddling – They make existing progresses better all the time.
If you scored your team individually on each one of these attributes (1-5) how would they score? If there are areas that are low, focus on those within your organization and tell your leaders that they have to model these attributes. As they model, others will emulate.