Earlier it was easy to spot an exceptional employee. The characteristics were quite easy to identify — hard working, punctual and abiding by the rules. However, now the scenario is entirely different, with changed work culture and heightened competition. These days employees are expected to be flexible with their approaches, multitask, and satisfy a diverse group of people. Loyal and dutiful no more remains the criteria for being an exceptional employee. Such employees might be liked by a handful of managers, but in this highly competitive world, an employee needs to have much more to become truly exceptional. An international study which surveyed around 500 business leaders to know what makes an employee exceptional revealed surprising conclusions. 78% of leaders said that personality is the main factor which makes an employee exceptional, 53% opined that cultural fit is important whereas only 39% of them voted for skills.
However, personality is a set of traits through which we approach the world and this differs for different people. Delving deeper into the study the researchers found that while saying personality, the leaders are actually referring to emotional intelligence (EQ). Exceptional employees do not have exceptional traits right from the beginning. They adapt to the work culture and develop their EQ in a way that makes them exceptional.
Let’s have a look at the important qualities which differentiate exceptional employees from others: