It is common for people with theStrengthsfinder Achiever theme to feel the need to start each day new and the accomplishments from yesterday no longer matter. (Source: Let’s Talk Personality)

  • Needs on a team: To challenge
  • As a Leader: Are productive
  • In Conflict: Make it productive
  • Partner with: No specific recomendation, but find other hard workers. 

You can tell a person strong in Achiever by these attributes (source: Dr. Hulme, APU)

  • Hard working and busy
  • Stamina
  • Long “to do” list
  • Highly productive & motivated
  • Goal-oriented

A more detailed explanation from Gallup:

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day — workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

The genius of your Achiever talent begins with your tremendous motivation, drive and determination. You are in constant motion

to reach your goals. The second aspect of your genius is found in the types of goals you set. You have daily goals in the form of lists of things to do. Then you have future goals tied to your daily goals. Finally you have ultimate goals. Your ultimate goals are always tied to excellence. So the genius of your Achiever talent is the tremendous amount of motivation and drive you have to reach your goals and to move your goals toward being excellent in terms of performance, productivity effectiveness and efficiency. 

Action Plan Worksheet for Achiever

Worth reading:

Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals

Goal Setting: 13 Secrets of World Class Achievers

Ted Talk on the latest in goal setting



Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS


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