The most important factor to building a successful, collaborative team is the foundational skills developed within each employee. Even at the Executive level, the fundamentals skills established and grounded at the foundational level are highly apparent.
Therefore, it is extremely important to develop a strong foundation early on as a young professional and continuously strengthen your expertise at various points in your career.
Although there are many values that make up a strong foundation, we have identified three core values that contribute to one’s success: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA). The circular diagram below demonstrates the unified combination of KSAs that enables individuals to be successful in their own fields of expertise.
You can deepen your knowledge by completing formalized educational programs, earning advanced professional degrees, gaining field experiences and on the job training, earning specializations and certifications, and becoming an industry or subject matter expert.
You can strengthen your skills by practicing your analytical thinking and negotiating effectiveness, enhancing your communication and leadership abilities, acquainting yourself with global etiquettes and cultural norms, managing your time and stress efficiently, learning new languages and improving your inter-personal skills.
You can improve and alter your attitudes by staying open-minded consistently throughout your career and being optimistic specifically during times of change and difficulty. The most important attitudes that can be found in successful individuals are ongoing creativity and commitment, strategic vision and challenging mind, self-confidence and integrity, service-oriented mindset and cooperativeness, and most importantly, unyielding passion and perseverance.