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Challenges of High-Achievers: 7 Qualities that Personal Leadership will Enhance

Updated: Jun 26

As a high achiever, you're likely driven, passionate, and always striving for more. But despite your success, you may still feel like something is missing. 

You have a desire to help others solve their challenges, but often find that your desire to help is greater than theirs. You may feel like you're playing at a level that others can't see in themselves, and this can be frustrating.

I'm an expert in helping high achievers from around the world achieve greater fulfilment, contentment, and success in life. Through my work in Peak Performance and Personal Leadership, I've identified seven qualities that can both propel high achievers forward and hold them back at the same time. 

By understanding and addressing these qualities through the perspective of Personal Leadership you will access better quality results, faster, while improving your state of being - fast.

High-achiever going places

The Seven Qualities of High-Achievers

1. Talented Problem Solver

High-achievers are often highly analytical and attuned to emotional upsets and challenges within others. This allows them to quickly jump to solutions and take action. However, this tendency to out-logic situations can sometimes lead to avoidance of underlying issues in relationships or work situations. 

This can cause frustration and a feeling of being unappreciated. By developing specific personal leadership competencies, high achievers can build stronger, more fulfilling relationships by acknowledging and addressing these underlying issues.

2. Perfectionist Tendencies

High-achievers often hold themselves to very high standards, and this can lead to great results. However, it can also create a never-ending cycle of pressure and expectations. This can make it difficult to create change and take risks, as high achievers fear not meeting their own high standards. 

Developing personal leadership involves accepting that mistakes and failure are natural parts of growth and progress, allowing high achievers to free themselves from the constraints of perfectionism and access more of their strengths propelling them forward.

3. Future Focused

High-achievers are often very future-oriented, and this allows them to take quick action on their ideas and plans. However, this can sometimes cause them to overlook patterns of challenges that repeatedly show up in their lives. 

By practising mindfulness and being more present in the moment, high achievers can develop a greater awareness of these patterns and take steps to address them. Personal leadership helps in creating this awareness and fostering present-moment focus.

4. Reluctance to Seek Help

High-achievers often take on the role of caretaker for others and can struggle to ask for help or support when they need it. This can leave them feeling unsupported and emotionally drained. 

Developing personal leadership involves building an internal support team that acknowledges and celebrates their wins and supports them during difficult times, helping high achievers achieve greater emotional security and fulfilment.

5. Strong Empathy for Others

High-achievers are often highly attuned to the emotional discomforts of those around them and have a strong desire to help. However, they may be less inclined to express and meet their own needs, leaving them feeling emotionally numb or disconnected. 

By practising self-care and setting healthy boundaries, high achievers can balance their desire to help others with their own needs for emotional support. Personal leadership criteria emphasises the importance of self-care and boundaries to maintain emotional well-being.

6. Likability and Adaptability

High-achievers often have a strong desire to fit in and be liked by others and may be highly adaptable to different situations and social environments. However, this can come at the expense of their own authenticity and sense of self.

 Developing personal leadership competencies involves exploring and expressing their true selves, allowing high achievers to connect with others on a deeper level and achieve a greater sense of belonging.

7. High Self-Awareness

High-achievers tend to value self-improvement and therefore invest significant amounts of time in personal development practices, courses, workshops, and books. They often like to think they have a solid understanding of their own emotions, thought patterns, and behaviours. 

However, often less developed in being able to experience these, which then leads to overthinking and self-doubt. Personal leadership emphasises the importance of turning self-awareness into state creation. It's great to have a deep understanding of self, but without action, it's not enough to create meaningful change.

Accessing more of you with Personal Leadership

Considering the attributes of high achievers, it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of always striving for more without ever feeling truly fulfilled. The same qualities that make you successful in one area of your life can hold you back in others. 

By understanding and addressing these seven common challenges through developing the Key Competencies of Personal Leadership, you can access more of your potential and achieve greater levels of success, contentment, and fulfilment. Remember, you don't have to do it alone.

Working with a coach or mentor can provide the guidance and support you need to make lasting changes and create the life you truly want.

Connect today to discover what resources would be a great fit for you and how they might be able to help achieve your deepest desires in life.


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