There’s a word for candidates who embody many of the soft skills you’re looking for—passion, perseverance, humility, grace under pressure, and goal-setting. That word is gritty—and gritty candidates make for dedicated, high-performing employees.
The concept of grit as a positive personality trait was pioneered by psychologist Angela Ducksworth. Angela won the 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” for her research into grit, which included studying the work habits of former National Spelling Bee champions. Her work caught the attention of Positive Psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller, who explores grit’s defining features in her latest book, Getting