I found that some of the best teams I have ever been a part of or managed all had one thing in common: people with great attitudes. As I have helped Porch.com, a home-improvement network, grow, I have put a premium on attitude when managing and developing teams. In fact, I consider attitude as a lead indicator when I make hiring decisions.
Here are four reasons why you should hire for attitude.
I have found that people with a great attitude fly above the noise and refuse to be distracted by the pull of negative chatter. In many cases, their desire and focus to keep moving the bar can be contagious. Their positive attitude gets people focusing on the right behaviors, which ultimately lead to better business results and overall employee satisfaction.
At work we often spend more time with our co-workers than we do with family and friends. A great attitude can be a determining factor in whether a person is going to exceed their goals — and many times they do, because they have the support of those around them.
Part of having a great attitude is being able and willing to celebrate the daily wins. These wins (which may seem trivial at the time) are actually motivators for building long-term success.
I have found that above all else people with a great attitude are more successful at driving and leading winning teams. Part of the reason is their focus on the “we” over the “me”. Read more…