Top talent are motivated, well-trained people who are willing to make personal sacrifices for the team.

A competitive nature can be important, but it will not work well for your business unless it’s accompanied by a deep sense of loyalty and responsibility.

If you want to staff your business with a top talent team, look for these qualities when you interview candidates or promote from within:

  1. Top talent goes above and beyond expectations. They don’t stop when they meet the minimum goals for their jobs but strive to set new records.
  2. Top talent offers solutions, not problems. They may alert you to a problem but will offer suggestions on how to solve it.
  3. Top talent bounces back from failure. When they fail, they don’t let it get them down. They admit the mistake and find ways to fix it.
  4. Top talent won’t make excuses. They don’t blame others for their own errors. They take responsibility.
  5. Top talent finishes tasks on time. They set interim deadlines for long-range tasks and they don’t panic when the work is due.
  6. Top talent sets realistic goals and don’t strive for perfection. They know their capabilities. People who seek perfection tend to get frustrated and put themselves under so much pressure that they rarely accomplish what they’re capable of doing.
  7. Top talent is proactive. They try to plan for all possibilities, so they’re prepared for the unexpected. Resulting in fewer unpleasant surprises.
  8. Top talent doesn’t dwell on their successes. They know there’s another job to be done and quickly move on.
  9. Top talent doesn’t assume too much. When they have doubts, they ask for clarification.
  10. Top talent negotiates deals and get going. They don’t wait for numerous orders to be sure they’re doing everything exactly the way you want.

Of course, no one individual is likely to possess all these traits. However, the more of these a person displays, the more likely your company will reach its goals. And one top talent employee can be worth three mediocre workers.