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What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to success in your field?

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Paul’s Answer

I would say that one of the most important attributes to have is dependability. If your supervisors and co-workers know they can rely on you to get something done correctly, the first time, you'll build a solid reputation that will lead to a lot of success.

Another that comes to mind is being "thick skinned". What I mean by that is you must be able to accept constructive feedback without taking it too personal or feeling like you're being attacked. If you're surrounded by people who only tell you good things or that you can do know wrong, they're doing you a disservice and hindering your career growth.

You also must be a good communicator both orally as well as written. In today's world you must be able to deliver an effective message in order to get people to buy into your idea. You will have to stand up in front of a group and you may have to send out mass e-mails to very important people in your company. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to develop those things while in school by taking public speaking classes as well as English and Literature courses as well. Please note, while the younger generation may think that Tweeting, texts, emojis, etc. are always an acceptable form of communication, they are not. You need to learn how to write in complete sentences without the use of acronyms and slang.
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Wendy!

You have received some great responses already and I hope they have helped answer your question.

In my role in quality assurance, some of the skills and personal abilities I need are:
Time Management
Attention to detail
Being open to receive feedback
Present confidence
Don't be afraid to coach up to others that may be in a higher position
Be honest
Stay organized
If you don't know something, then ask
Don't make assumptions
Speak clearly and maintain an even pace

These are practices I have used in many roles over my career. Just remember to stay professional and that we are all human. Mistakes will happen. It's how you handle those that help you grow as an individual and a leader of your business.

Thanks!
Jennifer
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Courtland’s Answer

I would say communication skills, both written and verbal, are the most vital across all jobs and industries. Warren Buffett, the famous stock guru, said that “what’s really essential is being able to get others to follow your ideas. If you’re a salesperson, you want people to follow your advice. If you’re a management leader, you want them to follow you in business”. One of the best classes I took in college was public speaking. Speaking in front of others can be nerve racking, especially if it's a room full of strangers that you're giving a presentation to. The public speaking class not only helped me get over those fears, it gave me the confidence to share my own thoughts and opinions with others who may disagree.

Courtland recommends the following next steps:

Take a public speaking course
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Johanna’s Answer

Hard work, frustration tolerance, confident, self-esteem. If you got that, you can just wait for results, I always said to myself: ¨It is just work, I can do this, I only need time¨

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I would say that one of the most important attributes to have is dependability. If your supervisors and co-workers know they can rely on you to get something done correctly, the first time, you'll build a solid reputation that will lead to a lot of success.

Another that comes to mind is being "thick skinned". What I mean by that is you must be able to accept constructive feedback without taking it too personal or feeling like you're being attacked. If you're surrounded by people who only tell you good things or that you can do know wrong, they're doing you a disservice and hindering your career growth.

You also must be a good communicator both orally as well as written. In today's world you must be able to deliver an effective message in order to get people to buy into your idea. You will have to stand up in front of a group and you may have to send out mass e-mails to very important people in your company. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to develop those things while in school by taking public speaking classes as well as English and Literature courses as well. Please note, while the younger generation may think that Tweeting, texts, emojis, etc. are always an acceptable form of communication, they are not. You need to learn how to write in complete sentences without the use of acronyms and slang.
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Melissa’s Answer

For me, the following are important attributes to have:
* highly dependable
* trust worthy
* humility
* servant leader
* collaberative
* organized
* detail oriented
* efficient
* be true to yourself and your values
* willing to work hard
* open to feedback

There of course are more, but these are a few attributes/qualities that would be beneficial to have regardless of the field.
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