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Who Do Responsible Leaders Bring to the Table: High Performers or Overachievers?

Responsible leadership may be a scary concept to many since it encompasses such a wide range and exposure beyond just the interests of the shareholders as it has been traditionally done in the past. It also includes all the other stakeholders within and outside of the organization, from workers to the community, and even future generations including the environment.

That is a powerful impact for sure, right? It requires a slight shift in the thinking process, especially if you are aiming to influence others. And that is not only for short-term strategy, but also long-term – a concept that many leaders are still adapting to on a personal and professional level.

But how can this can be achieved? In my mind, there is only one way – to be the best you can possibly be by developing yourself into the maximum of your own potential in all aspects of your life. It is to aim for greatness!

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” ~ Winston Churchill

As we continue on that personal and professional quest on the path to greatness, we need to think also who we are as leaders and whom we attract or repel in our inner circle. High Performers or Overachievers? Let’s take a closer look at both of these types to determine that.

Key Traits of High Performers:

1. Curiosity and PassionThey are genuinely interested in other peoples’ success and enthusiastic to help them achieve their goals! Their passion and communication are very infectious and inviting for others to collaborate and contribute. In addition, they are life-long learners and thinkers who are looking to make creative improvements and significant change through their positive intellectual communication and influence.

2. High Emotional Intelligence (EQ)They are Complex Problem Solvers and Strategists! They know how to solve most complex and sensitive issues while leveraging not only their intelligence but also high EQ. Also, they know when and how to attack a problem and when to change direction.

3. Long-Term Results and ValueThey bring not only short-term positive impact but also long-term too! They are very confident and courageous, ready to take initiative even if they’re not sure yet of “how” they are going to accomplish the task at hand.

Key Traits of Overachievers:

1. Future-FocusedThey are often thinking: What is in there for me? Overachievers are thinking about the next meeting or next key opportunity for promotion, often neglecting the present needs of their own contribution to teams and projects.

2. PerfectionistThey need to be and show as perfect in everything they do! And it goes beyond their workplace. It reflects in their personal appearance and life, too. In addition, as we all know, perfection takes time. When working on complex project implementation, time is of the essence!

3. Short-Term ResultsThey are looking for quick wins to show off that they are #1! Nothing wrong with quick wins by getting things accomplished, but we can’t get wrapped up in the instant gratification and quick reward mentality.

As per Slade Sundar, COO at Forte Interactive Inc., “Overachievers work long hours, complete mountains of work, but can’t seem to get promoted. The reason? They need to be high performers, not overachievers.”

As a result, the expectation of responsible leaders today is not only to cultivate more high performers on their team but also to groom and coach overachievers into a high-performing mindset.

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862 Message to Congress

In the end, it is clear that we need to be great, responsible leaders in order to create and inspire greatness in future generations.

Massive success to you on your journey as a transformational leader!

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Learn… Lead… Love…  Izabela Lundberg  (@IzabelaLundberg) is CEO and Founder of Izabela Lundberg International. She is an Executive  Consultant, Trainer & Speaker for Fortune 500 and  Professional Athletes & Coaches. She is #1 International Best Selling Author & Leading Authority of Leadership Transformation From Fear to Greatness. Drawing on her extensive global business management, diversity, and high-performance impact expertise through her work with people from over 80 countries, Izabela also writes and speaks on topics such us  Strategic Leadership & InfluenceLegacy Leadership, & #HighPerformance #Impact.