10 Top Qualities of an Employee – Inspired by Brent


Finding the best possible people for your company is both a challenge and an opportunity. This article lists the 1o top qualities an employee has to posses. With the help of David Brent, here’s what makes a great employee remarkable.

1. Positive ThinkerbrentDM2504_228x283

“You think you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s only some bugger with a torch bringing you more work.” – David Brent

2. Problem Solver

“A problem shared is a problem halved, so is your problem really yours or just half of someone else’s?” – David Brent

3. Ambition

“It’s almost like my work here’s done. I can’t imagine Jesus going ‘Oh, I’ve told a few people in Bethlehem I’m the son of God, can I just stay here with Mum and Dad now?’ No. You gotta move on. You gotta spread the word. You gotta go to Nazareth, please.” – David Brent

4. Leadership Skills

“Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty… satisfaction. That’s what I’m… you know. Trust people and they’ll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great.” – David Brent

5. Business Savvy

“What is the single most important thing for a company? Is it the building? Is it the stock? Is it the turnover? It’s the people, investment in people.” – David Brent

6. Team Player

“You’ve seen how I react to people, make them feel good, make them think that anything’s possible. If I make them laugh along the way, sue me. And I don’t do it so they turn round and go ‘Thank you David for the opportunity, thank you for the wisdom, thank you for the laughs.’ I do it so, one day, someone will go “There goes David Brent. I must remember to thank him.” – David Brent

7. Action Oriented

“Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” – David Brent

8. Cultural Fit

“Process and Procedure are the last hiding place of people without the wit and wisdom to do their job properly.” – David Brent

9. Hard Working

“Never do today that which will become someone else’s responsibility tomorrow.” – David Brent

10. Problem Solver

“Remember the 3 golden rules:

  1. It was like that when I got here.
  2. I didn’t do it.
  3. (to your Boss) I like your style.” – David Brent


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