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Six Traits of Extraordinary Achievers


While the following list isn’t exhaustive, it highlights some of the key attributes of those who are among the very best at what they do. This is a list worth striving for in your own personal and professional development. Assess yourself to determine where growth opportunities exist.


1. They are masters of self.

2. They are curious about many things.

3. They add value to what they do.

4. They build relationships rather than simply interacting.

5. They create opportunities and embrace the change.

6. They are “Go-Givers.”

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The blog could actually be a paper for one of my classes but I do not have time to do the proper research. This post was initiated by a Facbook post that generated a lot of conversation.

This will be a collection of my random thoughts about a person of excellence.  Thank you for all of the great conversation and even the challenges to my original assumptions.

My goal is for this short definition to cross all racial, cultural, ethnic, religious and class boundaries. Excellence should not be confused with perfection.  I do not believe anyone is perfect but excellence is achievable by anyone. People of excellence have a core set of values that they embrace and communicate through their activities and disciplines. People of excellence are people of integrity.  Their word is their bond.  They pay attention to details and follow through with projects.  People of excellence are life long learners who seek conversation to expand their horizons and enter conflict to find a middle ground solution. People of excellence regularly engage in self analysis and evaluation to determine if they are on track with their goals and effectively functioning in the communities that they engage.

I know that each of these thoughts can be unpacked with some specificity and this lacks the research to validate each of my claims. I began my thoughts with Leadership: Do traits matter? By Shelley A. Kirkpatrick and Edwin A. Locke, University of Maryland.  Here is the executive overview.

 Executive Overview The study of leader traits has a long and controversial history. While research shows that the possession of certain traits alone does not guarantee leadership success, there is evidence that effective leaders are different from other people in certain key respects. Key leader traits include: drive (a broad term which includes achievement, motivation, ambition, energy, tenacity, and initiative): leadership motivation (the desire to lead but not to seek power as an end in itself): honesty and integrity: self-confidence (which is associated with emotional stability): cognitive ability: and knowledge of the business. There is less clear evidence for traits such as charisma, creativity and flexibility. We believe that the key leader traits help the leader acquire necessary skills: formulate an organizational vision and an effective plan for pursuing it: and take the necessary steps to implement the vision in reality.

 Thank you for continuing the conversation.