The 10 Proven Qualities of The World’s Top Performers, Part Two

Top PerformerThis post was inspired by these thoughts by Albert Einstein:

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.”

In yesterday’s Part One, we discussed the first five qualities of the world’s top performers:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Value
  3. Networking Skills
  4. Confidence
  5. Gratitude

And now, Part Two of “The 10 Proven Qualities of The World’s Top Performers”…

6. Communication Skills

When was the last time you heard someone complain because a leader communicates too much or too effectively?

Didn’t think so.

The foundation of any business relies on your ability to convey ideas clearly and efficiently.  It’s a skill that carries incredible advantages for those who hone it well.

In fact, when LinkedIn surveyed 7,000 professionals globally and found that 84% of them believed in career luck; and “having strong communication skills” was the top factor they contributed to that luck.

Great communicators employ three things in their messages.

  1. Credibility: Before others will even begin to listen to you, you need to give them a reason.  You can do this through sharing stories, case studies, and displaying integrity.
  2. Emotion: People need to know why they should care. How are you planning on connecting to your audience? This is why many public speeches start with a joke or anecdote to build that connection right at the start.
  3. Logic: Emotion is a necessary part of connecting, but it takes logic to convince. Data and proof will help ease concerns and build trust in your communications.

7. Humility

Dale Carnegie wrote, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

Top performers recognize their success often came from the help of their teams, network, friends, and family. The self-made man is a myth.

A fascinating study that looked at personality traits of 1,000 of the top business-to-business sales people from leading companies found that despite the conventional stereotypes that successful salespeople are pushy and egotistical, 91 percent of the top salespeople had medium to high scores of modesty and humility.

Humility comes with a number of benefits. Because you are more down to earth, people tend to relate to you more easily. And because you don’t toot your own horn every time success finds its way to you, others like you.

8. Innovative

Innovation is a lot like magic to the business world. It’s the key to solving vexing social problems, spreading new “innovative” products virally across the web, and once you lose it…you are doomed.

Blockbuster, Borders, Polaroid, Kodak, Xerox, and Palm are all examples of companies that have suffered major casualties because they failed to innovate.

What once were giants are now replaced by companies like Google and Facebook, which didn’t even exist 10 years ago.

So it’s no wonder that innovation ranks highly on the list of traits top performers possess.

9. Strong Willed and Competitive

In the same study mentioned earlier about humility in top performers, they found most top performers lacked discouragement.

Top performers were able to “handle emotional disappointments, bounce back from losses, and mentally prepare themselves for the next opportunity to compete.”

For many, becoming a top performer meant experiencing a number of failures along the way. Having the determination to get through it is what set one group apart from the other.

10. The Ability to Inspire, Engage & Empower

And lastly, top performers are known for their charisma and ability to inspire.

When a company needs to get their staff on board a new initiative, when a manager has to greet an exhausted and demotivated team, or when a brilliant but underperforming subordinate needs to be realigned; the one and  only person who can do all these jobs is the charismatic leader.

Brilliant CEO’s have been hired and fired on this trait alone.

And I know, not all of us can turn on the charm at the drop of a hat, but you might consider at least looking into it.


Over this two-part post, you have learned ten ways you can add more “value” to this world. Becoming a top performer isn’t about destroying your competition or taking short cuts. It’s not about chasing success or changing who you are.

It’s about the small steps, the simple shifts, and giving your talents and abilities the attention they need to perform at their fullest. All while focusing on… value.





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