Potential Measurement Instrument

The following Traits and Descriptions would measure the High-Potential of an Employee. Please rate the applicant using a Score of 1 to 5. Where 5 the best and 1 is the least that describes the employee. This 22 Characteristics of High-Potential Employee is based on TINY Pulse, 2019.

Traits Description Score
1 2 3 4 5
1. Good at what he or she does a. Is extremely talented and produce consistently great work.
b. Desire the authority to make decisions that will impact the organization.
2. Work well autonomously a. Get things done every time and are completely reliable.
b. Could be trusted to do his or her job well without having to check in.
3. Take initiative a. Doesn’t wait around for you to tell him or her what to do.
b. Constantly brainstorming new ideas and is eager to take on more work.
c. Whenever a spontaneous project pops up, he or she is usually the first to volunteer to take care of it.
4. Does not buckle under pressure a. When things get heated at work, he or she does not lose his or her composure, instead he or shew will remain calm, cool, and collected—even when the going gets tough.
5. Ask Questions a. Curious, and eager to understand the bureau’s strategy and decisions even if he or she is not in managerial positions.
b. Wants to make sure that the right decisions are made every time.
6. Eager to develop new skills a. Always interested in learning new things.
b. Strive to become better workers, and they make moves to improve on a daily bases.
c. Reads up on industry news and continue sharpening his or her skills so they can become even more effective.
d. Shows desire to develop new skills in a variety of ways - whether that be asking for more responsibility or seeking out new training and certification opportunities.
7. Help co-workers when they can a. Understands that the success of their organization depends on the efforts of everyone who works there.
b. When co-workers are overwhelmed, he or she will offer to help lighten the load by taking on additional tasks and responsibilities.
8. Contribute to the positivity of the workplace a. Understands the importance of maintaining his or her composure and helping create and enjoyable work environment.
b. He or she may have bad days like everyone else. But, by and large, he or she is noticeably positive.
9. Can accept not always being right a. Willing to negotiate on his or her ideas - and in some cases abandon them altogether.
b. When he or she realizes someone has a better idea, he or she is willing to support it.
10. Take on responsibilities outside of his or her job description a. Know that his or her job doesn't have to be confined to what's written in his or her job description.
b. Eager to take on additional responsibilities and often tackle tasks he or she is not directly responsible for.
11. Recognizes coworkers' hard work a. Show recognition and gratitude for his or her co-workers and show interest in the greater good of your company.
12. Get better at his or her job with constructive feedback a. Loves getting feedback - both the good and the bad
b. When his or her boss tells he or she is doing something wrong or could be doing something better, not only he or she listens to the advice, he or she consciously try to improve because of it.
13. Have friends in the office a. Generally, has a positive attitude and express his or her gratitude and support for others.
b. Tend to get along with everyone in the office swimmingly.
c. His or her relationship-building skills can have a positive impact on your bottom line and help to reduce turnover.
14. Trusted by peers a. Has earned the trust of his or her peers.
b. Colleagues respect him or her and go to him or her when they need advice.
c. Values this trust and view it as a leadership opportunity and a chance to support others.
15. Possess a high level of emotional intelligence a. Easily able to monitor his or her own emotions, as well as the emotions of other.
b. Uses emotional information to the guide his or her behavios - a highly valued skill in leadership roles.
c. Has a high level of emotional intelligence, empathetic and understands where other people are coming from.
16. Live and breathe company culture a. Reinforces that culture with everything he or she does - which encourages the his or her peers to do the same, and as result, the office becomes a more enjoyable place to be - and, collectively, the team becomes more productive.
17. Want to be engaged a. Driven and motivated.
b. The wheels are always turning and he or she can easily become bored and disengaged if he or she is not challenged and supported.