Who You Are is Who You Attract: Seven Key Attributes

Leaders are always on the lookout for ultra high performers (UHPs). I think we each carry around a “must have list.” Think about yours, do you know who or what you’re looking for right now?

Stop right now, take a moment to reflect, and make a list of the top qualities you would like the people on your team to have.

Remember, the ironclad law, “who you attract is not determined by what you want, it is determined by who you are.”

Seven key attributes:
1. Grit
The raw quality of passion and persistence.
Often our military academies recognize that those who succeed in selection and graduation are those who experienced challenges, difficulties, and failures in their past. These experiences build “lasting power and grit.”

2. Optimism and Attitude
Look for positive attitudes, an optimistic outlook, appreciation, and thankfulness in others while avoiding those who show entitlement.
Positive attitude will sustain them in the “ebs and flows” of business (and life) battles.

3. Self-Awareness
Understanding moods and emotions are contagious. 
Keen awareness of you and your teams’ strengths and weaknesses is key. I like to ask people, “what are your core-four competencies?” People with high self-awareness can tell you their strengths and strong competencies.

4. Solid Background
One of my favorite team-members was raised by a single mom who worked 12-hour work days. This set an amazing example for her son, teaching him work ethic and instilling personal drive. I like to ask about background because people reveal their internal DNA which they bring to work and life.

5. Energy
Physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. 
A lot of leaders overlook energy. I believe we never outperform our energy. Energy is the life-source to execution and what people attract. High-energy people create a momentum and also display greater balance.

6. Talent
Like attracts like.
Look for giftedness, unique skills in social awareness, solution finders, and innovators. Go for talented and gifted people.

7. Leadership Ability
Look for influencers.
People of positive impact inspire others by what they model and how they show up. These are the people you want to look for!

Final challenge: Don’t just focus on your dream and goals, focus on your team. Be on the lookout for potential leaders who possess grit, optimism, self-awareness, solid background, energy, talent, and leadership!

The better leader you are, the better leaders you will attract! 

Here’s to building better leaders!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.