Qualities of Successful People:

In this blog post, Greg Hoy lists qualities you are most likely to find in people who achieve the most success. Listed in no particular order:

    – They are humble. Their success doesn’t consume them.

    – They are on time. On time for work, on time for meetings, on time for the train. They hate wasting their own time, and as a byproduct, anyone else’s.

    – They always appreciate what they have. And as a result, they usually get more.

    – They are universally respectful—to their friends, their boss, or to the person that makes their sandwich for lunch.

    – They don’t let work consume them.

    – They make sacrifices for the benefit of others.

    – They are patient.

    – They put in the extra effort when it’s needed, without any strings attached.

    -They resolve issues or conflicts directly.

    – They respectfully push back. It’s easy to push back. To do so with respect takes skill.

    – They trust their colleagues.

Read Greg’s full post: Good work isn’t enough.

14 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This pretty much sums it ALL up

  2. This post is curious to me, because I wonder how it defines success. I’m a pastor and a mama, and for me, success is raising great and happy kids and helping my congregation to grow in faith and number, have a balanced budget, etc.

    Certainly the qualities listed above are admirable, and many people follow them and are successful.

    However… I think there are a lot of examples of “successful” people who do not embody these qualities, they are not sacrificial for other benefit, they do not resolve conflicts, they are not humble, etc.

    Anyway, a very thoughtful post and I liked it. The cynic in me says “yeah, but what about?”

  3. I believe these are qualities of just plain good human beings.

  4. Traci –

    Thanks for your comment!

    I’m not trying to define a global sense of what it means to be successful, I’m simply attempting to articulate what I look for when hiring and promoting people as a CEO of a design studio.

    If there are broader applications to my observations, that’s awesome!

  5. @Joerg – agreed!

  6. I’d add one more:
    When a mistake or failure occurs, they seek out error instead of blame.

  7. Hum maybe the title should be ‘Qualities of Gods, thats right, you will never be successful’

    I’ve met a few people who i would call ‘successful’ who are not super human like the unachievable list above. None of these people were CEOs. I’ve never met a CEO who could be accurately described as patient, or humble. ‘They trust their colleagues’, hum. If they did, I’m not sure I felt it.

    Am I simply unlucky?

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  10. Depends on what you mean by “successful”. Someone with those qualities is going to be loved by friends and colleagues and perhaps valued by their company. They are not going to be CEO of a large established firm.

    There is a good reason that CEOs have disproportionately more psychopaths in their ranks than the general population. To reach the top you are going to have to scramble over the bodies of your competition. The people who schmooze and self-promote and take credit for the work of others or blind luck get noticed and get rewarded.

    Take everyone’s favourite example of success – Apple. How many of these qualities did Steve Jobs have? (I agree with dissenters, he was not actually all that impressive; for most of his career he had middling success, no one was particularly interested in Macs until the iMac which was more an act of desperation than a planned move.)

    If you are starting out on your own, or work in a boutique outfit, you might pull this off and you’d probably have a fantastic company as a result. For the rest of us, it’s a jungle out there and there is a cost to being too nice.

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