Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock recently did an interview with The New York Times to uncover what it takes to be top talent:
For every job, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.
The second, he added, “is leadership — in particular emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership. Traditional leadership is, were you president of the chess club?…We don’t care. What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead. And just as critically, do you step back and stop leading, do you let someone else? Because what’s critical to be an effective leader in this environment is you have to be willing to relinquish power.”
The other three traits include: humility, ownership, and finally expertise. Surprisingly, expertise really isn’t what makes the world’s top workers who they are. According to Bock, it takes a generous mix of all five traits to be someone worthy of the title “top talent.”
Whether you’re looking to get hired at a place like Google, or to be one of the undisputed leads at your current job, you’ll want to read the full interview to explore all five.