25 Traits of a Highly Successful Employee 

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There’s no one type of successful person. There’s an abundance of human beings across all personality types that have a myriad of accomplishments. However, especially when it comes to the workplace, highly successful people share the same habits. If you want to be a rising star in your industry, there are certain habits that are sure-fire ways to become successful in your workplace, according to the website The Muse.  

1. Show up on time (And just general timeliness) 

2. Dress for the job you want 

3. Know how to communicate with higher-ups 

4. Speak up in meetings 

5. Take charge during projects  

6. Be receptive to feedback 

7. Solve problems instead of just pointing them out  

8. Don’t compare yourself to others 

9. Take on leadership opportunities, but don’t overcommit yourself  

10. Think about the skills you want for your future job  

11. Record your accomplishments  

12. Make friends and allies 

13. Pay attention to who is getting promoted  

14. Keep up to date on the happenings of your company 

15. Don’t be afraid to socialize 

16. Remain calm and collected even under pressure 

17. Hold yourself and your mistakes accountable  

18. Know the type of environment that makes you productive 

19. Avoid office gossip 

20. Remain positive 

21. Keep it professional  

22. Give people your undivided attention  

23. Know how to pitch ideas 

24. Know what you need to improve 

25. Actually like your job  

Read more about the habits of highly successful employees on The Muse.  

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