Do you want to be a top performer? Everyone's go-to girl in the office? Here are the 7 characteristics you need to have (plus 7 things to do to show everyone you have what it takes).

To earn yourself the title of MVP in your office, there are characteristics you should possess to be considered a top performer. Trust me, with the right mindset, systems, and game-plan, you will be on your way to a promotion in no time.

Whether you are just starting out at a new job or trying to spice up your interest in a current job, it is always useful check-in with yourself by going over your goals and seeing if your everyday actions are in line with those goals.

I know it’s not easy working a 9-5 everyday. It’s tiring, overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming. But we have to accept that it is part of our lives and ultimately reflects the kind of life we want to lead. It’s so easy to slip into a slump and not be motivated to get work done.

I want to encourage you to be the one who rises above this common setback. Be strong. Be confident. Be the MVP.

Here are 7 characteristics that will make you the MVP of your office:

1. You’re punctual.

Being on time sets high standards for yourself and everyone else, too. It shows determination and professionalism that you are always ready to get your hands on some tasks. It is also proves that you are extremely reliable when your boss and co-workers are confident that you will always be there.

To do: Get an early start on your work. Arrive at the the office a little earlier to get yourself prepared for the day. A clear look at your schedule, organization, and prioritization will make each day run smoother and more efficiently.

2. You’re proactive.

Taking action to put everything you have into your tasks is an admirable trait because you both are proving your worth and showing that you take your position and responsibilities seriously.

To do: Attack your work. Take notes, make outlines, and do your research. Google topics you don’t understand or need more clarity on. Ask, “how can I help with this?” Make yourself more credible by actually knowing what you’re talking about and be a source of information for whatever project you’ve been assigned to work on.

Extra tip: Avoid doing anything that makes your co-workers lives more difficult. Do what you can to make their lives easier.

3. You take challenges head on.

When you show your boss and co-workers that you aren’t afraid of a challenge, they will honor this. It shows that you want to be apart of the action and want to be given credit whenever possible.

When you prove that you can handle more than most people, it will benefit you and your career in the long-run. And soon, you will be a pro at taking on several responsibilities.

To do: Take on a little more than you think you can handle.

4. You’re positive.

A positive attitude is one of the most valuable traits in the office. No one likes a complainer or a lazy mindset.

Even when the atmosphere is stressful and uptight, be the one to lighten the mood and ensure that everything will work out. Not only will this affect the mood of the office, but it will draw the interest of your co-workers. Everyone enjoys being around people who lift them up. Be that person.

To do: Stop complaining, and don’t listen to other people complain either. Spread positivity and kindness throughout your workplace.

5. You’re outspoken.

Voicing your opinions and concerns is important because it determines how you absorb and make sense of your job. You need to make it clear about what you understand and what you don’t.

Addressing issues and questions provides insights and different points of views for others as well. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t understand something or don’t agree with the given information. If you want to be the best at your job, you have to be willing to dive into the deep end.

To do: Make it your personal goal to share an opinion on your work every single day. Focus on how things can improve, not any negative qualities. Back your opinion up with research.

6. You’re accepting.

Realize that things won’t always go your way and you won’t always work with people you aren’t too fond of. Learning to accept circumstances is what will allow you to stay with a company long-term.

People often find faults at their job that can easily be turned around by just accepting that this is how things are done. Unless you are being treated unfairly or receive unjust accusations, it is always best to be humble. Absorb your company and embrace it’s culture.

To do: Don’t let your personal feelings get in the way of your work. Treat others with respect and expect others to treat you with respect, too.

7. You’re social.

Being a social butterfly (in moderation) can be a good thing. Understanding others on a deeper level contributes to your ability to communicate, accept, and work better when you know you are helping to shape the lives of others.

To do: Get to know little things here and there about your co-workers. I always believe a little personal-life exchange in the workforce is okay, as long as it is appropriate. This creates more trust and understanding of what this person goes through.


You have the potential to be the most valuable player in your office if you set your mind to it. There is no greater feeling than knowing you are truly making a difference and contributing to something bigger than you can comprehend. How will you make a difference in your career?