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The place to start when describing the ideal employee, is with the basic things that influence every persons' behavior, individual characteristic. The ideal employee would need to have the right personality, values, work-related attitudes, abilities, and skills. From there, it is best to expand into the role of groups and leadership, and how these aspects of business affect the ideal employee. Beyond the basic things that an employee would possess, vision, and creativity also need to be looked at.
Personality is the most important thing to look at in the beginning. She would need to be dependable, and slightly more extroverted. She needs to have the ability to speak her mind and share her ideas, yet know when it is time to keep quiet and let the boss talk. Her personality would need to be open to new experiences, and be very emotionally stable. At Motorola, a manager there was going through some difficult, personal problems. As a result, she would suddenly burst into tears in the middle of the workday. She could not focus on her job, and let her emotions overwhelm her. The ideal employee should still be emotional, but she needs to have the capability to control those emotions and get to work. She would need to be likeable and self-monitoring. A co-worker everyone hates is not an asset, and can cause the workplace to become uncomfortable. The ideal employee would also have a high locus of control, the understanding that she can control the world around her to achieve company goals.
The ideal employee should have a good value and moral system. She would need to value hard work, and her cultural values would need to fit well with the company's values. A Relativist View of ethics would be more flexible, and would allow the ideal employee to function well with her co-workers. She would also need to understand what her co-workers did. Often a problem that occurs in the workplace is when on employee has no concept of their co-workers jobs. Without the understanding of what others in the company are doing, the company may not be able to move forward. A breakdown in communication can cause harmful side effects in all parts of the business (Layne, 2000).
It is necessary for the ideal employee to be able to community effectively. This is important for many reasons. It is important internally to the company because it allows the employees to discuss ideas, plan for the future, and to get the point across to one another. It is also important externally to the company because the way in which the employee communicates their impressions of the company to the general public will reflect on the company itself.
The ideal employee would also be able to use communication efficiently to manage conflict and negotiate situations. The ideal employee would understand that conflict is a two-edged sword, and can be positive as well as negative. Some of the benefits of conflict is that is can cause a discussion of important issues, and encourage high energy. The downside of conflict can include a lack of cooperation among co-workers, and distorted judgment. The ideal employee would attempt to get along with co-workers, but not be afraid of a little conflict. She would be able to negotiate with people, both internal and external to the company. This would require her to have a good understanding of negotiation strategies.
The ideal employee's attitude would need to be one of achievement, both personal as well as for the company. She would need to be receptive to feedback that was given to her, so she could take advice and put it to good use. An employee who is unwilling to listen to others advice will not be able to grow and develop as an employee. She would also require having a good base of knowledge for the job, no matter what the job was. She would also need to be able to set achievable goals for herself and the company, as well as have the drive to reach those goals.
Most importantly, she would need to have the ability to learn and adapt, along with the devotion to actually learn the job related skills. This is one of the most important things that the ideal employee would possess. A good example of this can be found in General Chesley Peterson, who fought in World War II. He had the
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