I value people who can be humble, accountable and vulnerable. It is surprising that many people try to mask their weaknesses instead of owning them and asking for help. I commend people who can be accountable for a mistake and have the character to share it. The amount of trust that is created from that ownership is invaluable in developing a deeper and more trusting relationship.
—Alex Glasscock, founder, CEO, The Ranch
I value and admire people who exhibit grace under pressure. Being able to stay levelheaded, productive and, perhaps most importantly, well humored during big launches and intense periods inspires other people on the team to stay focused and to get stuff done without getting too intense about anything.
—Alexia Brue, co-founder, CEO of Well + Good
I value compassion and think kindness matters so much. We might never know what trauma or challenges others face. No matter how people treat us, we can always choose to be kind in return.
—Beth Doane, managing partner, Main & Rose
Each of us has a unique gift, like a fingerprint, that only we can give. What I value most is witnessing people lighting up the world with their fingerprint.
—Dalia MacPhee, CEO, DALIA MACPHEE clothing brand
I very much value how other people can relax and enjoy daily life, despite what may be happening. I am not an individual that can compartmentalize my emotions. If one part of my life is not great, it will certainly affect all other aspects. When I see other people on vacation enjoying themselves, not worried about what is happening at home, I tend to envy them.
—Ali Mirza, president, Rose Garden Consulting
The quality I value most in others is the ability to follow through. To me, this means simply doing what you say you are going to do, but I also see it as perseverance despite obstacles that may arise. I believe you realize reliability and accountability from both of these situations, and that’s extremely important to me.
—Chris Van Dusen, CEO, Parcon Media
Related: 6 Essential Traits of Good Character
This article originally appeared in the January 2018 issue of SUCCESS magazine.