The aim of the current study was to compare the behavioural patterns of top achievers from diverse work environments, as measured by the Shadowmatch worksheet. The study set out to explore the possibility of similarity between the behavioural patterns of top achievers, and if similarities are present, the extent of these similarities. The research question posed by the study was how do the behavioural patterns (habits) of top achievers from diverse work environments compare? The data of 320 top achievers was collected from the existing Shadowmatch database. By using the statistical analysis technique of profile analysis to compare the 19 habits measured by the Shadowmatch worksheet between eight different types of top achievers, insight was gained into the habits of top achievers. The results of the current study highlighted the habit of discipline as the habit overall expressed at the highest level of intensity by various types of top achievers. The habit of discipline was thus highlighted as is a crucial habit shared by different types of top achievers. The current study provided information on which attributes and actions in life lead to individuals achieving in their particular environments, thereby contributing towards a positive psychology. The study recommended further research on the interaction of achievement and habits to address the need for more focused research and theory building together with effective application of positive behaviour of employees in organisations.
Mini Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2016.