8 Traits of a High-Performer at the Workplace

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All of us strive to work hard, excel in our careers and try our best at work. However, not all of us can be labelled as a “high-performer” as occasionally, we may lack certain qualities. In order for a company to grow, there needs to be employees who are deemed as high-performers, i.e. going beyond their job description and exhibiting leadership potential. Below are 8 traits that high-performers have in common.

1) Result-Driven

High-performers are result driven. They measure themselves not by effort put in or number of hours working, but by the result they have achieved. It is this trait that makes them valuable to their employers as they can be relied upon to deliver and get the job done.

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2) Good People Skills

In today’s business world, where departments needs to work together to deliver results, having good people skills is as important as having strong technical knowledge. High-performers have good people skills as they communicate purposefully and understand the importance of nurturing professional relationships.

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3) Develop Others

High-performers are aware that along the way of achieving career success, they had others to support and encourage them. As such, high-performers have a sense of giving back and nurturing the lesser experienced teammates to ensure they excel at their jobs. High-performers are usually the first ones to volunteer to be a mentor to any new joiner.

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4) Going The Extra Mile

The extra mile or commonly known as putting in the extra effort and exhibiting grit to get the job done. If situation calls for, high-performers will move mountains and stones to get the job done. Putting in the extra effort and going the extra mile may mean sacrificing some social life, but they know that it will be worth it.

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5) Volunteering for Large Projects

Even if it’s not within their job description, high-performers tend to volunteer for large projects if it fits with their long term career goal. This is because they don’t view it as extra effort, but rather as extra investment to allow them to reach their goals.

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6) Avoid Usage of Jargons

High-performers avoid using complex jargons when communicating to others, especially if it’s about their work. This is because they don’t need to use jargons to sound smart. Instead, through their strong communication skill, they are able to articulate their point to anyone in a more simplistic manner.

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7) Ask Questions

Ever sat in meetings and your colleague just can’t stop asking questions about the presentation? Chances are, your colleague is a high-performer. They ask a lot of questions to ensure that they understand the subject matter and hence, able to articulate their points across effectively.

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8) Have Fun

That’s right! High-performers know how to have fun. While they do work hard and are results driven, but they also believe in the phrase “Work hard, play harder”. This also helps them to build trust and bond with their colleagues in a more casual setting.

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