Here is another term whose improtance is often misunderstood.
There is a mile of distance between someone who wants to go farther in his profession, and someone who is focused only on the money he can make today.
A person who wants the company to give him more opportunities over time is someone who will also be the most persceptive of his environment.
He will absorb the best traits from the best people around him. He will ask the right questions, take the right challenges, understand the company a lot better.
From my perspective, I can start to hope that they can be good ambassadors of my company, and take it to the places that we want. I can trust them to understand where structure is needed in the firm, and also why chaos will be a necessary part of another. I can always get a fresh and constructive perspective of our work from them. I can communicate with them in a rich way.
Over time, such a person will prove himself ready to be an integral part of the company’s management, development, technology or operational growth.
I have had the priveledge of working with a number of such individuals and have really enjoyed working with them and mentoring them wherever possible. It makes me happy when their existing companies give them ’employee of the year’ awards, or other accolades, or when they achieve greater success in their worlds.