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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.

  • http://www.visualdeviant.com visualdeviant

    I dissect, understand, analyze, & calculate. Lead by example w/ team above spotlight & value accountability w/ skills fortified by resolve.

    • rizzle

      eh, not me.

      What are these two replies anyway? You’re just repeating in different words the point of the article. I guess it’s in case people only read comments instead of articles?

  • http://waltersthinking.blogspot.com/ Walter Ruggieri

    When change is the norm (which it is for the Digital Age), the ability to be constantly learning is the key ability to have.

  • hawken

    Just love what you do and you be at the top.

  • http://www.squirrly.co/ Alexandra Petean-Nicola

    Being able to adapt to the situation is the greatest thing of all that makes for great talent.

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