When asked about getting ahead in today’s organization, I used to tell folks that it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. While those tenets certainly hold some truth, individuals that work their way up in a company exhibit a number of qualities that separate themselves from others. Understanding these qualities is exceptionally important to our managers and leaders, as this will allow them to provide better development plans for personal and career improvement for their direct reports. For the company, this allows for a solid foundation in succession planning and workforce stability. Older performance measures also focused on what it means to be competent; but, failed to drive home what it means to be a role model. A role model is the ideal behavior that we all want to strive for in today’s workplace, in order to optimize overall performance. So what exactly are these qualities that allow our employees to rise to the top of today’s organization?