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High achievers key to organizational success, workforce specialists report

High achievers are key to an organization's success, Mindtools.com, a British career development newsletter reports.

High achievers are results driven individuals who work to a high standard with a minimal need for supervision. They are ambitious and self disciplined, and are driven by a desire to succeed.

According to David McCullough's theory on human motivation, there are three motivators--the need for achievement, the need for affiliation, and the need for power--that determine who we are. The primary driver for high achievers is the need to achieve.

High achievers possess the following attributes:

o They display leadership abilities, helping fellow team members to achieve their goals.

o They are self disciplined. They set goals and work on those goals until they attain them.

o They possess a positive outlook. High achievers see challenging projects as opportunities instead of as threats. Their positive outlook enables them to overcome setbacks and to stay with a task until it is completed.

Managers who have high achievers on their staff employ the following tools:

o They recruit intelligently. They understand that high achievers increase productivity and provide opportunities for everyone on their team to succeed.

o They clarify their expectations, working with high achievers to align their personal goals with the company's goals.

o They keep work assignments diverse and professionally rewarding

o They assign tasks that enable high achievers to reach their potential.

o They provide assessments to the individuals who work for them so these individuals will be able to improve their performance.