What are the two traits most indicative of success?
I'm reading a book called, "Hiring With Your Head', and in it the author, whose been a head-hunter for over 20 years, says the following is the single best indicator of success. And additionally, he says that you will only very very rarely find a successful person who doesn't have the following two traits in abundance:
Personal Energy - One's individual drive and motivation
Team Leadership - One's ability to cooperate with, influence and motivate others
10/10. I'd say spot on.
I've read elsewhere that grit (resilience, sticktoitiveness) is the number one factor for achieving high-level success. The equivalent to ones personal energy for drive or finding motivation towards a goal
And here we learn that leadership comes from leading yourself first. No one stands alone, especially in business, so thats where the second trait comes in.
Thinking of all the successful entrepeneurs and business owners I've met/worked with they all have these traits. Drive to be successful and then leadership over their employees/cooperation with their team. The only truly world-class olympic level sucessful man I've spent time with has these two in spades.
That's like saying rocket scientists need to be good at math and science.
No... it's like saying that rocket scientists need to be good at personal energy and team motivation ; )
seriously though - that's his exact point. A lot of hiring managers, if they were hiring a rocket scientist would look for someone good in science and math, and his point is that while those are important, the better indicator as to whether the candidate will be a good rocket scientist for the company is their personal energy and team motivation
But yeah it def. is a little bit like, 'duh' but i think what's more interesting about the book is how he analyzes for those traits. His process for doing this, is super helpful for learning to craft your own personal 'career story"
No dude a rocket scientist needs to be good at math and science. Once again sales guys thinking they secretly rule the world ;)
Not denying ambition/drive and team building aren't the end all be all, in fact that's exactly what I am saying. But that's so generic and obvious- hence the analogy. How'd he break those down further?