What makes an exceptional employee? Is it a natural talent like a high IQ or an amazing dexterity, or is it something that can be learned such like the hard work, an amazing focus, or a great personality? All of these qualities do matter, but they are the qualities that most of the good or great employees possess. An exceptional employee, on the other hand, has something else in his or her arsenal. What is it?
It is being “proactive.” A proactive employee does not only complete what a manager assigned to him or her. A proactive employee goes beyond the requirements. You see, a manager or a team is not always right. You cannot always try to finish the goals set by someone else and succeed. Being a perfectionist does not always work, but there are times when the proactive attitude matters a lot. And that is when you join a company.
But being proactive means different things. Being proactive means to network proactively to connect with your coworkers and others around you. Being proactive means to actively mentor others and to help others. Being proactive means to give back to the community, thereby becoming a member reflecting the goodness of your company. Being proactive means to improve upon your weakness and to transform that weakness into your strength. In another word, being proactive means to bring the dynamic to the company and to keep improving upon your previous self.
So, when you join a company, be proactive. Don’t just wait for your assignment and complete your task. Take the ownership of what you are assigned with and work on it as you are doing the right thing. The end result will be amazing.