I stumbled across this and felt like it was something I’d like to share.   Shamelessly stolen from Lance Mindheim.

  • The ability to get along with, and work effectively with, others. I’ll put this at the top of this list.  This CAN be learned.  Sadly, it is rarely taught -odd given it’s importance. Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” should be required reading for all college students.
  • Work ethic. Hard work doesn’t guarantee success but it certainly stacks the odds in your favor!
  • Drive. This is work ethic with emotion and passion attached to it.
  • Ability to prioritize. It’s not enough to work hard.  You need to work hard at the right things.  Recognizing which tasks are the most important is a critical skill.
  • Perseverance and the ability to weather adversity.  Every career goes through hard times.  Being able to weather the storm and make adjustments is critical.
  • Focus and follow through.  The ability to stay on task and see it through to completion even in the existence of chaos and boredom.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both the written and spoken word. You need to be able to get your point across accurately and efficiently and in a manner that gives the impression that you know that the sentence, “I done seen a movie” is not correct English.   Tip: Pay attention in your English, writing, and speech classes.
  • Creativity.
  • Character. Doing the right thing, even when it’s not popular.  Treating people civilly, fairly, and with dignity.
  • Education/knowledge of the right things.  Knowing more is better than knowing less.  Your knowledge needs to be in the right areas though.

I vote for Character as the number one trait I like in co-workers.  It trumps nearly everything when push comes to shove.  Perhaps honesty is above all else – but that’s part of good character in my mind.