January 25, 2013
Describe each of the ‘Big 5’ personality traits. For each trait, provide an example of how it might contribute positively to an individual’s performance. 1. Extraversion- A person that is extraverted is someone that is outgoing and full of life. Most people like to think of extraverts as those people in a social group that love to be the center of attention or outspoken. According to Kendra Cherry, writer for About.com and psychology guide, “[e]xtraversion is characterized by sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and excitability.” (Cherry, 2013, par1) she also explains how, “[a]ccording to researchers, extraversion is associated with leadership behavior. Since extraverts are more likely to assert themselves in groups, it makes sense that these individuals often take on leadership roles when working with other people.” (Cherry, 2013, par6). An example of how this trait may be beneficial to an individual’s performance is by helping them to communicate better with others and at the same time give off positive influences or ideas that they may benefit those around them. 2. Agreeableness- I see agreeableness as someone that does what they can to please another person in order to move on with a task at hand. It doesn’t mean that they have to fully submit to the others wishes, however it is a form of surrendering one’s own will in order to achieve a goal or to come to an understanding with another in order to move forward. Many people practice this trait on a daily basis, for example some people accept job demands from their bosses, some tell their kids, “OK, you can have fifteen more minutes before bed.”, and others even engage in full scale one way listening skills of others ideas’ in joint venture opportunities. An interesting fact about agreeableness conducted in a study at the University of California, Berkeley, and published in the Journal of Personality and Social...