No matter the field of work you’re in, there’s no question that the people who are most successful in any position hold a few similar character traits when it comes to leadership and achievement. After all, there is more to be being fruitful in life and work than just being intelligent and having money. To maximize success, here are a few of the most important characteristics to hone.
One of the essential traits when it comes to creating strong, trusting relationships, as well as a positive reputation at work and beyond, is honesty. In a study conducted by Pew Research Center based around the subject of what makes someone a good leader, data shows that 84 percent of the participants believed honesty to be the most important trait in a successful leader. This is especially true because honesty in all relationships promotes a comfortable setting and makes one more approachable.
2. Competitive Drive
Those who are wildly successful don’t just make it to the top with ease. While there’s never a reason to be crude and mean, it’s definitely true that a little friendly competition never hurt anybody. For successful individuals, the success of others is often a push to do better; to keep up with (or ahead of) the pack. These people have a dream and won’t let others get in the way on their path to success.
3. Devotion to Improvement
Being “good enough” is never really an option for successful people. There is always room for improvement, whether it is a new idea, better work ethic, or whatever it may be. Successful people are never content with just what they have and what they are, but rather are constantly problem solving and trying to better themselves in any way possible.
4. Desire to Give Back
Truly successful people realize that with the any kind of power, there comes an opportunity to effect some sort of change on a bigger scale. Giving back, no matter the form, is a way to motivate others and help them to realize their own potential and make the most of their own opportunities.
5. Commitment to Networking
Those who achieve success know that you can never really build too many connections. Being able to build and maintain relationships of all sorts is a major component to maximizing success in the future, since you never know when you might need a helping hand or could potentially parlay a relationship into a new opportunity.
Some of the largest innovations come from the “craziest” of ideas. Close-minded people are missing out on so many opportunities by failing to accept the full potential of even the most unusual ideas. The reality is that one small, creative idea can become a massive wave in the future; it’s giving the different ideas shots and keeping your mind open that can lead to great success.
7. Attentive to Any and All Details
Minor details can end up creating something major in the future. Some of the most successful people are very attentive to everything that goes into their work, down to the very last detail, because they know that in order to move forward and succeed, it’s important to take pride in every piece of work as a whole, right down to the smallest components.
8. Not Afraid to Fail
It is okay to make mistakes, and it’s most definitely okay to fail. Successful people take those moments in their lives, learn from them, and use those lessons to help themselves succeed in the future. It’s rare, if not impossible, to find somebody in a position of power or success who hasn’t experienced at least one major failure or roadblock in the course of their career, and it’s important to remember that success just doesn’t come over night. Rather, it takes multiple attempts, a ton of hard work, and plenty of “dust yourself off and try again” moments.
9. Calm in a Crisis
Being under pressure ignites a fire under determined people; instead of surrendering to stress, they take that stress and use it to drive them to work even harder. A crisis doesn’t get the best of them. If anything, it motivates them to work even harder and more meticulously as they turn their attention to troubleshooting and getting over the hump.
10. Being Grateful for the Help of Others
It’s not always easy to achieve success by being a one man (or woman) show. In most cases, success comes with the assistance and support of others, from friends and family to mentors and coworkers. Respecting the people who help you along the way and showing thanks for them is a great way to keep those positive relationships strong and to ensure that the people in your life who motivate you and push you forward the most remain by your side for the long haul.