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How to Show You are a Superstar

November 11, 2013

Daily ReadHow to Show You are a Superstar

It’s a competitive world out there and if you want to stand out as a superstar employee there are a few simple things you can do to rise above your peers. What makes an employee remarkable is not just skill, although skill is important. And not just experience, although experience can be important. What matters most is attitude: motivation, temperament, emotional intelligence, a willingness to lead and follow, a willingness to be coached. Without those qualities, skill and knowledge are worthless–because they won’t be put to use. Here is a simple guide to help you stand out as a superstar and shine over your peers:

  1. Show your teammates you are willing and able to learn.  Ask to be shown how even if–especially if–you already think you know how. Volunteer for responsibility before responsibility is delegated. Then…
  2. Volunteer for every new task.  And if there are no new tasks, think of ways to make current tasks better. No matter what, don’t wait to be told what to do. Being proactive shows you are a leader.
  3. Anticipate the needs of coworkers, and the team, and the department. Helping others demonstrates you care about teamwork. Volunteering to train and mentor new employees demonstrates leadership interest and aptitude. Self-interest–your needs–should always be the smallest area of focus.
  4. Demonstrate competence in your job. Even if your job is taking out the trash or making coffee, do it to the best of your ability, be on time, and never complain.
  5. Offer help to anyone and everyone who needs it (or doesn’t need it).  Even the simple act of saying, “Jeff, I’m not doing anything right now. Do you need help with anything?” demonstrates a “we” and not a “me” mindset.

Skills can be learned. Competence can be developed. Great companies can become badass companies, but only by focusing on the one thing that makes the world go round: relationships.

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