Friday, March 21, 2008

Top 10 Traits of a Successful Business Professional

Whether you are an entrepreneur or are working your way up the corporate ladder, you have the same goals as any other business professional. However, not everyone becomes part of the successful elite. That is because not everyone demonstrates the following 10 traits:
  1. Studious – Whether they are reading books or observing others, successful professionals are always learning.
  2. Flexible - Remember, the business you are in will constantly evolve. Likewise, you must evolve with it in order to obtain and maintain success.
  3. Ambitious – No one gets to the top by slacking off and procrastinating. You need to seize every opportunity you have to reach the top… short of trampling others along the way.
  4. Charismatic – There are very few careers in this world that don't require you to interact with other people. You need to be charismatic, personable and always networking.
  5. Analytical – No matter what type of business you are in, an ability to analyze data and figures is always a huge bonus.
  6. Focused – The successful businessperson sets goals and focuses on how to obtain them. This helps a person to navigate through any obstacles or setbacks.
  7. Outgoing – Networking is an art that requires the skills of an extrovert. Don't give up on developing this trait if you are currently an introvert, as you can certainly change that.
  8. Tech-Savvy – No, you don't have to be a code monkey to become a success in business. It doesn't hurt, but you really only have to be more tech-savvy than the average Joe.
  9. Courageous – It isn't easy to stick one's neck out every day to obtain success. The business world is not for the faint of heart.
  10. Accountable – Are you responsible with your time and your work? Being punctual with deadlines, as well as adhering to any other commitments, goes a long way with business connections.
Successful people are cut from the same cloth when it comes to the traits above. However, you don't have to become a robot/clone to develop all of these traits. In fact, it will also give you an edge to maintain your unique personality along your path to prosperity.

Heather Johnson is a freelance business, finance and economics writer, as well as a regular contributor at Business Credit Cards, a site for business credit card and best business credit card offers. Heather welcomes comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address


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