In my experience, the ability of an employee to take ownership is the characteristic/quality that has the highest correlation to excellent performance.
Ownership is the upstream source of so many downstream qualities we seek when hiring. If someone feels a deep sense of ownership, chances are they employ a far more resilient approach to problem-solving. And nothing plants the seeds of curiosity and persistent learning like the responsibility of ownership. I’ve seen members of our team take on extraordinary levels of ownership in their roles, effectively becoming the CEO of their domain. Once they hit this ownership tipping point, not only does performance shift into a higher gear, but the person becomes a more full and empowered version of themselves.