Achievement Orientation: A Primer


Achievement Orientation means having the inner drive, social awareness, and contextual sensitivity needed to make a meaningful impact as a leader.

A quick read for anyone wanting to improve their own or their team’s leadership skills, this Primer features thought leaders who are championing research in this field: Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard Davidson, and Vanessa Druskat.

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Achievement Orientation is an Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency that entails striving to meet or exceed a standard of excellence, appreciating feedback on our performance, and continually seeking ways to do things better.

There is more to consider with this competency beyond the simple motivation for rewards. A leader who has a high capacity for this competency is able to balance his or her personal drive with the needs of the organization as a whole. That involves self-management, relationship management, and understanding the context of a given situation.

In Achievement Orientation: A Primer, Daniel Goleman and colleagues introduce the Achievement Orientation Competency and describe why it is important for quality leadership.

This is the fourth in a series of Primers that explores each of the 12 Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competencies. Each includes an overview of the Competency Model.

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard J. Davidson, Vanessa Druskat, and George Kohlrieser explain what it takes to develop the Achievement Orientation Competency from the perspectives of research, psychology, neuroscience, team dynamics, and leadership development.

Here’s what is included:
  • Overview of the Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency Model
  • Introduction to Achievement Orientation
  • Our Brains and Achievement Orientation
  • Developing a Balanced Drive to Achieve
  • The Group Equivalent of Achievement Orientation

Whether you are individual looking to elevate your personal performance, a consultant or coach in need of research-based resources, or a head of leadership development in your organization seeking a brief yet informative resource to share with your team, this Primer is for you.

Total length is 56 pages, including citations. Soft cover.

Weight: .08 lbs.

Dimensions: 4.25 x .3 x 5.5 in.

Additional primers in this series are:

Coach and Mentor (forthcoming September 2017)
Conflict Management (forthcoming October 2017)
Teamwork (forthcoming November 2017)
Inspirational Leadership (forthcoming December 2017)


About the Authors:

Daniel Golemaninternationally known psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Working with Emotional Intelligence.

Richard Davidson, Founder and Chair of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison and New York Times bestselling author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

Vanessa Druskat, internationally recognized expert and consultant on group emotional intelligence and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

Richard BoyatzisProfessor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE.

Additional information

Weight .08 lbs
Dimensions .3 x 4.25 x 5.5 in

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