A spy is a master of cultural adaptation. By being fluent in the language, a spy does not stand out in the crowd. Blending in means wearing the right kind of clothing, using the right kind of dialect, understanding the local culture and taking on any role that the mission demands.
A spy has keen observation skills. A spy collects all of the relevant information in their environment and pays close attention to detail. Not only does the spy notice and collect information, they can compile it, make judgments about it and retain that which is most meaningful. A spy translates what they observe in their environment.
A spy has incredible interpersonal skills. A spy must have a natural, adaptable and finely honed ability to interact with people. There is a whole world full of different kinds of people, with different personalities and different statures in life. The spy has learned to understand motivations and how to meet people’s personal needs.
A spy is self-reliant. When a spy is on an important mission they are far away from headquarters with only their wit and skills to complete the assignment. The spy must think quickly and make good decisions without the input or guidance of their superiors. With only themselves to depend on, the spy must be in top physical, mental and emotional health and continually seek out more training that will make them effective. The spy knows best what the spy needs to succeed in the field.
When a spy does their job well…You won’t even notice they were there.