Students should be aware that there are many other factors that matter apart from your qualifications to be a top performer and be successful in your career. So, let’s discuss qualities of successful professionals.
Always focus on goals
Successful professionals always focus on their goals. They make smart goals and start each week and each day by assessing their personal, professional expectations and aspirations. Their professional behaviour is aligned with their goals.
Are trust worthy
The mark of a successful professional is when people find them trustworthy. Your superiors should be able to trust you to perform all the work responsibilities efficiently. Your team workers should be able to trust you that their interest will always be protected and they will be given growth opportunities. Trust is the foundation for strong relationships which are critical to creating and sustaining high performance.
Have a positive outlook
Top performers have good people skills and are positive when interacting with others irrespective of their designation or position in the company. High performers know that a person’s attitude affects their environment.
Open to challenges
When assigned a challenging task successful professionals don’t complain. They are always open to take up challenging assignments which would help the organisation to grow.
Have strong skillsets
Top-performing employees are highly capable and are skilled in terms of their technical knowledge or subject expertise as well as their interpersonal and relational abilities. Top performers are team players, problem solvers, are flexible and able to perform well under pressure.
Always look for growth opportunities
Top performers are life long learners. They are constantly looking for professional growth opportunities that include continuing education, skills-based training, research and additional responsibilities.
Behaves like a leader
It’s one thing to be a boss and another to be a leader. Leaders take one and all together as a team and work efficiently. When a colleague or co-worker asks for help, a top performer is happy to assist. They offer guidance or support graciously and they follow through on their commitments.
Top performers at work are active listeners. They are respectful and kind. They show their respect for others by using language that is inclusive and accepting, and they try to lift others up by being polite and helpful.
Accepts constructive criticism
A successful professional is one who accepts criticism and looks at it with a growth mindset. When receiving feedback, they don’t take it personally. A top performer realises that the time a superior takes to offer constructive criticism is an investment in their own success. For this reason, they always express their gratitude for the feedback.
Advocates a healthy work life balance
Top performers know that having a healthy work-life balance, and ensuring that they take time for themselves, is crucial for establishing sustainable routines and better performance outcomes. They are consistent in their work efforts, but they do take sick days when they’re sick and schedule vacation time to rejuvenate so that they can keep working efficiently for their entire career.
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