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 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 are pro-active and demonstrate strong leadership skills.
o They are disciplined. They set goals for themselves 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 employ high achievers on their staffs use the following tools:
o They recruit intelligently. They recognize that high achievers increase company productivity and provide opportunities for everyone on their team to succeed.
o They clarify their expectations, and work with high achievers to align the high achievers' 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.