‘Big 5’ personality traits

For each trait, supply an example of how it might contribute positively to an individual’s efficiency. 1. Extraversion- An individual that is extraverted is somebody that is outbound and full of life. The majority of people like to think of extraverts as those people in a social group that like to be the center of attention or outspoken. According to Kendra Cherry, author for About.com and psychology guide,” [e] xtraversion is defined by sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and excitability.” (Cherry, 2013, par1) she also explains how,” [a] ccording to researchers, extraversion is related to leadership behavior.

Because extraverts are most likely to assert themselves in groups, it makes sense that these individuals often take on leadership functions when dealing with other individuals.” (Cherry, 2013, par6). An example of how this characteristic might be useful to an individual’s performance is by helping them to interact much better with others and at the very same time release favorable impacts or ideas that they might benefit those around them.

2. Agreeableness- I see agreeableness as someone that does what they can to please another individual in order to proceed with a task at hand. It doesn’t mean that they have to totally send to the others desires, nevertheless it is a kind of giving up one’s own will in order to accomplish an objective or to come to an understanding with another in order to move forward. Many individuals practice this trait daily, for example some people accept task demands from their bosses, some tell their kids, “OK, you can have fifteen more minutes before bed.

”, and others even participate in full scale one way listening skills of others concepts’ in joint endeavor chances. An intriguing reality about agreeableness carried out in a study at the University of California, Berkeley, and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 84, No. 5) is how,” [a] greeableness changes most in your 30s when you’re raising a family and require to be supporting” (Kersting, 2003, par6).

3. Conscientiousness- As defined in the book “Organizational Behavior” written by Nelson and Quick is a person that is hardworking, organized, and dependable. (Nelson/Quick, 2013, pg.39) An example of how this personality trait helps people in their performance at work is by allowing them a better opportunity for advancement in any organization through reliability and punctuality on the job. These people can be counted on when the business needs them most and can greatly influence development within a company’s structural capabilities

4. Emotional Stability- I see this trait as being able to control your emotions. Many people look at emotions as a negative personality trait when it comes to doing business, however, it is my belief that emotions can be controlled and used to aid us in making the right decisions depending on the circumstances at hand. For example, say a company manager for “Johnson and Johnson” was told to use a product that was hazardous to the environment until he could find the right replacement product. Ethically that manager would use their emotional stability trait to make the right decision and turn down the offer made by the manufacturer. Instead of following their weak emotions of worry, fear, and hastiness because of the products deadline their emotional stability would help them to make the right decision.

5. Openness to experience- People with this trait seek new outlets or innovative ways to doing things and thinking on things. These people search for new experiences and are always working on new projects; they are willing and ready to learn more and are apt to seeking new ways of accomplishing goals and reaching new heights in organizations. I like to see myself as having this trait because I am always intrigued by newly learned projects and am always looking to learn something new or pick up another trade through experience and hands on. Michael Hogan, Ph.D and lecturer in psychology explains how, “[p]eople who are high on Openness to experience are generally receptive to entertaining new and challenging facets of cultural life, as well as personal thoughts and emotions (McCrae & Costa, 2003)

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