The traits that make an ideal learner

by Brett Henebery13 Apr 2017
Having a diverse team made up of learners who exercise their individual strengths can be a powerful thing for any organisation.

However, there are some learners who exhibit a range of skills that can make them an indispensable asset to their employer.

In a recent article that appeared in Forbes, Ken Sundheim, founder and CEO of sales and marketing recruiting firm, KAS Placement, outlined the 15 traits he believes make an ideal learner.

Action-oriented: Hire employees who take action and take chances. While chances may lead to failure, they will more often lead to success and mould confidence while generating new ideas.

Intelligent: Intelligence is not the only thing, but it's a strong foundation for success. While there are many variables you can be flexible on when hiring, intelligence is a must.

Ambitious: Employees can only help your company if they want to help themselves have a better career. Ambition is what makes a company innovative, it's what spawns creative ideas and what generates candour and openness amongst employees.

Autonomous: You are hiring an employee who can get the job done without extensive hand-holding. As the owner of the company, you have your own tasks.

Display leadership: Do you see this individual being a significant part of your company and leading future employees of the firm? Leadership begins with self-confidence, is moulded by positive reinforcement and repetitive success.

Cultural fit: When recruiting, personality can mean the difference between an employee who doesn't stay long and fails to produce vs. an all-star who is going to significantly increase your competitive advantage.

Upbeat: Employees who come into work fresh and energetic everyday are going to out-produce workers who think negatively and easily burn-out when they encounter defeat.

Confident: The best companies are highly confident in their abilities to provide a superior product or service and this belief spawns a culture of improvement and client confidence.

Successful: One of the most effective ways to predict future success in a candidate is their past success at other firms. If one looks closely, a lot can be deciphered from a resume.

Honest: If nothing else, you want honest, forthright employees at your organisation, otherwise your company will turn off clients and, ultimately won't survive.

Detail-oriented: Attention to detail is crucial or mistakes will be made within your company. Detail-oriented employees take pride in their work.

Modest: The most sought after employees shout their value not through their words, but rather through their work. They are humble, don't need to pump themselves up in front of others and quietly out-produce those who do

Hardworking: Nothing great is accomplished easily. Nothing great is accomplished via hiring 9 - 5 employees. Rather, the foundation of an effective organisation lies in its ability to recruit results oriented, hard-working employees who execute.

Marketable: By marketable, I mean presentable to clients. Business is not a fashion contest nor do looks dictate success, however most successful applicants are well put together and, when dealing with clients are going to represent your organisation as professional and organised.

Passionate: Employees who are passionate about their job never work a day in their life. While money should be a motivator in all individuals whom you hire, make sure that they enjoy the journey when pursuing that end-goal.

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