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The Perfect Employee in 17 Simple Words

Source | LinkedIn : By Dave Kerpen

Making sure the right people are in the right seats on your time is the most important role for any leader.

As the CEO of a startup that’s constantly growing and changing – Likeable Local, and the Chairman of a more-mature-but-still-fast-growing agency, this continues to be a key priority of mine. To understand more about the perfect employee, I thought I’d ask members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) about their best employees.

The YEC is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. I asked these CEO’s and entrepreneurs what they believed was the 1 most important word to describe their perfect employee. Here is what they shared:

1. Motivated

A motivated employee is likely to possess other qualities that make them the perfect employee. They will want to advance within the company so they will want to stand out. This means that are much more likely to communicate which is a key trait. They likely will be a good listener who will take direction and wants to learn. They are more likely to think about the consequences of their actions.

– Scott Kacmarski, President/Founder, Reps Direct

2. Humble

It’s easy to find someone skilled, smart, talented and has a good resume, but a good attitude is gold. It’s not easily found, and cannot be taught. For me, the perfect employee is someone who is really smart, but is also humble. They still follow rules, accept mistakes and respect others.

– Daisy Jing, Founder, Banish

3. Dedicated

A dedicated employee is one who takes ownership of their role and the company as a whole. They are committed to the mission of the company, and really lives the values that have been created by the culture of the team. There is no blaming or ego. Dedicated employees really look at the overall good of the company, and understand what is best for everyone.

– Tom Alexander, Founder and CEO, PK4 Media

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