Critical thinking. Leadership. Emotional intelligence. Team player. Problem-solving.
There are myriad qualities that can make you successful in the workplace, ranging from natural-born talents to hard-earned expertise. No template guarantees career achievement and glory, but there are many components that can help you navigate your way to the top.
While some lessons you learn with time (i.e., you will forever be writing “just following up!” emails, the office kitchen is no place for you to warm up fish, you should always keep a lint roller at your desk, etc.), you already possess a lot of knowledge. Having street smarts (skills you learn at the School of Hard Knocks or you know, just being a person of this world) will help you navigate the workplace faster and better than any executive development program ever could.