What does it take to be a top performer? According to the preliminary results of an ongoing study by NFI Research, there are three skills that are most common among high-performing individuals.
The study presents findings from a survey of 1,200 top performers (as cited by their managers) across a range of industries. It focuses on the 12 Executive Skills many psychologists say are required for decision making and regulating behavior because they help people "execute" tasks. The skills include defining and achieving goals, emotion control, flexibility, focus, organization, observation, planning and prioritization, self-restraint, stress tolerance, task initiation, time management, and working memory. Most people have strengths and weaknesses in two or three areas. The three skills most common among top performers are organization, planning and prioritization, and working memory. The weakest skills were emotional control, stress tolerance, and task initiation.