9 Traits Of Highly Promotable Employees

(Last Updated On: July 29, 2014)


According to Dharmesh shah co founder of hubspot, he focuses on the employers attitude where performance and advancement are concerned.

To Dharmesh, Highly promotable employees are:

1. Humble, not arrogant.

Success is not limited by how high you can stretch but by how low you are willing to bend that said, Humble people are always learning, ask questions, ask for help, automatically share credit because they instinctively realize that every effort, no matter how seemingly individual, is actually a team effort, are willing to take on any job, no matter how menial, because they realize no job is beneath them…and in the process they prove that no job is above them..

2. Are servants, not self-serving.

People never accomplish anything worthwhile by themselves. That’s why great teammates make everyone around them better.

Great leaders focus on providing the tools and training and culture to help their employees do their jobs better — and to achieve their own goals. It should be noted that The employee only in it for himself will someday be by himself. The employee in it for others may not get all the limelight…but the right people definitely notice.

3. Are optimistic, not pessimistic.

optimism is infectious. Optimists are great because they add energy to a situation or meeting or business try more things and take more (intelligent) risks simply because they’re focused on what can go right while on the other hand pessimists drain away energy and never get started because they’re too busy thinking about what might go wrong.

Thus Optimists don’t feel they need to wait — to be promoted or accepted or selected or “discovered” — they feel they can, if they work hard, accomplish almost anything..

4. Think execution, not just planning.

Success starts with strategy but ultimately ends with execution

The best employees develop an idea, create a strategy, set up a basic operational plan…and then execute, adapt, execute, revise, execute, refine, and make incredible things happen based on what works in practice, not in theory..

Employees who advance are certainly good at planning, but they are awesome at execution.

5. Think forever, not one day.

Real leadership isn’t short-lived as Real leaders are able to consistently inspire, motivate, and make people feel better about themselves,. are the kind of people you follow not because you have to…but because you want to because she/he has a knack for making you feel you aren’t actually following — wherever you’re going, you feel like you’re going there together.

This however takes time. Great employees consider not just the short-term but also the long-term — and then act accordingly.

And in time, are placed in positions where they can truly influence the long-term success of their team, their unit, and their company.

6. Are volunteers, not draftees.

The best employees are natural volunteers. They volunteer for extra tasks, for responsibility before responsibility is delegated, to train or mentor new employees. They offer to help people who need help — and even those who don’t.

Volunteering demonstrates leadership aptitude. Leaders are proactive, thus don’t wait to be told what to do simply because They’re already doing it a and this is why in time their careers flourish

Successful employees earn their promotions by first working harder, just like successful businesses earn higher revenue by first delivering greater value, and like successful entrepreneurs earn bigger payoffs by first working hard well before any potential return is in sight.

Draftees expect to be asked. Draftees expect to be compensated more before they will even consider doing more.

7. Are self-aware, not selfish.

Self-aware people understand themselves, and that awareness helps them understand the people around them thus they are more empathetic and more accepting of the weaknesses and failures of others because they know how it feels to fail.

They lead with empathy, compassion, and kindness because they know how it feels to be treated with disregard, disdain, and scorn and also do everything they can to help others reach their goals, because they know how it feels to fall short.

Self-aware people solve for the team, the organization, and the customer — not just for themselves.

Every organization needs self-aware people in every role.

8. Are adaptable, not rigid.

Things constantly change in high-growth companies. Inflexible people tend to grow uncomfortable with too much change and consciously — even unconsciously — try to slow things down.

Great employees are willing, even eager, to change thus they respond to new circumstances and new challenges with excitement, not hesitation. Employees willing to adapt and adjust tend to advance more quickly because that is what every company — especially a high-growth company — desperately needs.

9. Are teachers, not truant officers?

The best people like to teach. They don’t hoard knowledge; they spread it. They share what they know.

A truant officer’s job is to make sure people show up. A teacher’s job is to make sure people learn.

Besides, truant officers tend to give “advice.” Do this. Don’t do that. Go here. Don’t go there.

A teacher gives knowledge. A teacher helps other people gain experience, gain wisdom, gain insight. A teacher willingly and happily gives other people tools they can use.

In the process a teacher build teams.

And a teacher advances, because a true team builder is a rare and precious gem.

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