Every employer desires to have the best employees. This is why some companies invest a lot of time, money, and resources when seeking the right candidate to fill a role. Especially, if it’s a high-profile position. You can be sure that the scrutiny given to the recruitment process will be at a much higher level.
So, you’ve passed all the stages of the interview process, and you were lucky enough to land that great job. The next thing is to live up to the expectations and prove your worth. Maybe, you’ve just been promoted, and you want to impress your boss more than anything. Well, sometimes your enthusiasm and skills may not be enough to win the admiration of your supervisor. Rising to superstar status in your unit or company will require some grit, discipline, and some more hard work.
An excellent way to become a superstar employee is to take a cue from people who have occupied similar roles in your company in the past. But if you’re a new employee, or just new to that office, you may not have the privilege of close mentorship. Fortunately, we live in an information-rich world today. You can learn from many other sources. The purpose of this article is to show you how to win the hearts of your boss or employer by becoming a superstar employee.
Here are some traits that will help you stand out:
I will put this at the top of the list because that’s actually where it should be. Check out every high flyer you know, either at work or anywhere else; they have something in common — motivation. Interestingly, it’s not something you can drill into people. It’s naturally there or self-cultivated. No one can teach you to be motivated.
Motivation comes when you love what you do and want to achieve the best. Somehow, as you move, others are attracted by your energy and draw inspiration from your success. However, you should take care not to come across as a self-serving, over-ambitious person. It may repel people who are supposed to be your friends and allies.
So, keep in mind that superstar employees are motivated people, always seeking to do better than they did yesterday. They don’t rest on their oars when the goal hasn’t been met yet.
2. Grit and stamina
As you settle into your new position, one thing is clear. You’ll face good times and low times on the job. If it’s genuinely something you looked forward to doing, you’ll be determined to push beyond every kind of obstacle and live up to expectations.
Superstar employees are people who have the grit to move on despite the challenges. When others come up with excuses to explain why things may not work out, they think of solutions and workarounds to overcome the situation. This does not necessarily mean that you will not be discouraged at times, but it is a deep-seating will to push beyond obstacles and keep moving that sets you apart.
3. Understand the culture
There’s only one way to fit into an organization — learning the culture there. Many employers have had to let their employees go simply because they didn’t fit into their organization. As trivial as it sounds, it is as essential as it is to know your job. However, it is also easy to learn.
Start by going out of your way to make new friends. Sit at coffee tables, have a conversation with people; watch how things are done; study the management to understand what they value the most. It is from little observations about how the company runs that you catch the drift and join along. By doing so, you will likely meet people who share similar values and ethics as you. Remember, no one is successful alone.
4. Be confident
You must have been hired because the hiring manager felt that you had the right amount of confidence needed for the job among every other candidate. Well, now is not the time to develop cold feet, even if the job turns out to be more challenging than you had imagined. A superstar trait is a constant display of confidence. The opposite will send the wrong signal to your colleagues and managers.
People generally like to be around confident personalities. It is easier for you to make new friends when people see you as confident rather than having an air of fear or doubt about you. Learning with others is a great way to boost your confidence level.
5. Work hard and give it time
Becoming a top player on your team depends greatly on your energy level and how much you can get done. If you have a sales role, your success is measured, among many other criteria, by how many new deals you closed and how many new customers you onboard.
Remember also that you don’t have to sweat it all the time. There are smart and intelligent ways to bring in results. What matters is that you meet expectations. If you must learn from other high-achievers, by all means, do. If you must take extra courses and certifications, then go for it. The only reason why your employer is obligated to keep you is, of course, because you know the job and you’re productive. But sometimes, to make a lasting impression, you have to go the extra mile.
Next, give yourself time. Put in your best, but give it time for results to show. While it’s okay to go for it, you may need to take some time to settle into the role first.
The qualities discussed above are not exhaustive on the topic, but they are some of the most important traits you’ll find in any superstar employee. Each organization will have its code of conduct and work ethic, which employees are expected to live by. Therefore, in addition to what we’ve said so far, it is your duty as an excellent employee to learn and abide by these principles.