7 traits of high achievers

Are you a high achiever? High achievers tend to have certain traits. If you consider yourself a high achiever, you’ll probably recognize some of these traits in yourself. If you don’t see them, these are probably some characteristics that you might want to work on developing. If you’re looking for a job, these are some of the traits that employers may want to see – and it might be in your best interest to think about how to showcase these characteristics. Without further ado, here are some top traits of high achievers:

They have drive.

It’s probably obvious that highly successful people have a lot of drive. But generally, it also means that they are so proactive that they seek out new assignments. Successful people have a consistent interest in seeking out new endeavors – not just sitting on the coach and playing video games.

They are organized.

High achievers organize their approach to problems and projects. Although their work area may be a complete mess, their thinking is organized and their approach to problems is highly organized.

They are able to handle tasks beyond their experience level.

High achievers are able to learn by doing; when they don’t have the classroom experience, they are able to learn by being thrown into the mix of things.

They are persuasive.

High achievers have a consistent ability to influence people. That doesn’t mean influencing them in what type of creamer they use in their coffee, but in regards to larger matters such what ideas they support.

They learn and apply new knowledge.

Obviously this refers to learning technical skills, but it also applies to learning less easily defined skills and applying ambiguous learning to real life situations. That means that high achieves apply not only the specific skills learned in the classroom, but also the general lessons learned in life.

They have a high emotional intelligence.

You may think that high achievers are always intelligent, but it’s even more important that they have emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is important in working with a directing teams, and high achievers often end up being team leaders or company founders. Surely, not all company founders have a high emotional intelligence, but in general high emotional intelligence is a trait of high achievers.

They have vision – and they know how to execute it.

This is essentially the crux of good leadership. If you’re a freelance writer, you may not need good leadership, but in that case these are still the crucial components of good self-direction.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.