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I talked to 1,000 CEOs of highly successful companies—and they all agree this is the No. 1 type of employee

By | Robert Reiss |

As the host of the radio program the “The CEO Show” for the last 15 years, I’ve interviewed more than 1,000 of the world’s top CEOs.

These leaders all come from different backgrounds and have run very different companies, from Procter & Gamble to Dunkin’ Brands to LinkedIn. But they all agree on one thing: the No. 1 type of employee.

Based on my conversations, the most successful individuals who rise to the top are what CEOs call “transformative employees” — and they do four key things that help them transform both the company and themselves.

1. They take on assignments that no one else wants.

Robert Sanchez became CEO of Ryder System, a multibillion-dollar transportation and supply chain solutions company, in 2013.

Sanchez, who has been with the company for nearly 30 years, attributes his success to his enthusiasm for jumping into different projects, even if they were outside his immediate skillset. This made him stand out from the rest of his peers.

“I always took on new assignments,” he told me during our interview. “I became known as the ‘problem-solver’ and was increasingly given career-advancing opportunities.”

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