What attributes do those who are successful change agents share in common?  You may be surprised.

Originally posted On August 26, 2014 byDan Rockwell

Jobs are boring dead things that suck the life out of you, but a person with a mission has found a new lens for life.

The greater the thing you live for the richer life becomes.

Noble mission always answers one simple question. How can I serve?

The most beautiful people are on a mission to serve.


Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, one of the world’s top executive search consultants, has a mission not a job. I didn’t ask Claudio for his mission, but within the first three minutes of our conversation, he said,

I really believe the world would be a better place if the right people were at the top, and if we could become better at identifying our high potentials, and if we could become much better at motivating and developing them.

Claudio’s book “It’s Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best,” lists four qualities of high potentials – people who consistently create value.


#1. Curiosity – persistent learning. What are you learning? What are you reading? How do you process feedback?

Curiosity is probably the most important one of the four. Claudio Fernández-Aráoz

#2. Insight – the ability to connect the dots. Can you determine what really matters and put together a vision that makes sense, one that others can follow? Can you keep your feet on the ground and see possibilities at the same time?

#3. Engagement – the ability to convince and persuade others about the vision. Can you touch minds and hearts? Are you influencing without authority?

You can have all the insight in the world but if you are not able to persuade others you are as good as dead. Claudio Fernández-Aráoz

#4. Determination – the ability to continue striving toward high and challenging objectives regardless of the circumstances.

What qualities do you look for in top talent?