These five characteristics are from http://greaterseas.com/2011/05/biblical-excellence/, a Christian business blog. Years ago I obtained this material; today I cannot find it at this site. Please share with me materials you consult on this topic.
Excellence begins in the heart; you cannot be ordinary in your heart and extraordinary in your life. Similarly you will not be ordinary in your life if you are extraordinary in your heart. As you seek to pursue excellence, consider the following five characteristics of excellence that are often overlooked.
1. Based In Humility
Excellence cannot occur without humility. A proud man will hide his inadequacies, but a humble man will expose them and seek to excel in his weakness through the perfection of Christ. James 4:6 says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Only through the grace of God and recognition of the fact that we can do nothing apart from Christ can we succeed in the pursuit of excellence.
2. Developed Over Time
No one is born excellent. Instead, excellence is developed over time by experience and the testing of faith. James 1:2-4 tells us that trials produce perseverance and perseverance produces faith – thus making you mature and complete.
Furthermore, excellence is developed in the details. If you do the little things diligently every day to improve, excellence becomes attainable. It’s all about implementation. Plan to be excellent, and then take every step necessary to fulfill that plan.
3. Grounded In Skeptical Inquiry
1 John 4:1 says, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…” Excellence demands a skeptical inquirer because it is not easily blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:6), therefore enabling you to make sound decisions, pursue only things worth pursuing, and function as a trusted resource in every matter of life. By being a skeptical inquirer, you reduce wasted thoughts, actions, and ideas and focus completely on pursuits of excellence.
4. Complete [Pervasive]
Excellence is not a skill – it is an attitude (Ralph Marston; author of the blog, ‘The Daily Motivator’, http://greatday.com “Create Excellence,” July 23, 2007). Excellence is an attitude that touches every area of your life. You are called to be excellent in everything you do (2 Corinthians 8:7). True excellence means you dedicate yourself fully to everything you do, as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
5. Benchmarks Against Itself
Excellence does not compare itself to others. Instead, people who are excellent benchmark their performance against themselves because they know God judges us not by our harvest but by our seed (Luke 12:48). Don’t look outward to measure your excellence; instead look inward and compare your growth to where you were in the past (Galatians 6:4).