Attitude might be more important than talent. Talent alone might be the car without wheels, or the train without a track, you can see the potential but they’re not going anywhere. Most experts will agree that having a great attitude will improve your career.
Elements and Reasons
Attitude might consist of many elements. Each element might also serve as a reason.
Here are five of my favorites:
- Motivation. Motivation and attitude are closely connected. When you illustrate that you are motivated it pulls more people towards the goal. Pull is almost always better than push.
- Learning. When you have the right attitude you are always interested to learn more. Knowledge, skills, and abilities are critical for success. Always keep collecting more.
- Eager. Eager might be tricky to define, but most people know it when they see it or feel it. A willingness to jump in and get things started demonstrates the right attitude.
- Integrity. It’s important to care. When you care about quality and ethical standards of your product or service your customers will feel it. Just good enough is not enough, at least not for the person with high integrity.
- Honesty. Honesty has a unique way of instilling trust. It doesn’t hide and it doesn’t tell only half of the story. It isn’t only about the lie versus the truth, it is about team character. Honesty breeds trust.
Improve Your Career
An organization with the greatest talent, but poor attitude probably won’t accomplish much. Would you want to be on that team?
Having both talent and a positive attitude might be considered to be a choice. Potentially both can be developed. Who has more potential?
If having the right attitude includes an interest in learning, I would choose attitude every time.
You might see the potential in great talent, but great talent with a poor attitude is likely going nowhere.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.