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The quality that counts the most

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: What quality do you think is most important for a successful career?

  • Accountability 29%
  • Honesty 24%
  • Flexibility 23%
  • Leadership 18%
  • Intelligence 7%

This question was prompted by Steve Tobak’s excellent outline of the “5 Personal Core Competencies for the Real Business World.” Readers were clearly divided on which trait was most important, however, when it came to career success. I would have given the edge to flexibility. The business world is changing so fast; one has to be open-minded to keep up.