Personality, Intelligence and Perception
The twenty-first century has proved to be one of globalization and technology which has connected the world in an unprecedented way. Teamwork and cooperation have become necessities for an individual as well as a country to survive and stay competitive in today's global society. Communication and understanding are the key components to overcoming the diverse nature of cultures and styles of work. After reading the chapter on Personality, Learning and Perception, I better understand how each one of these three components affect human relations and performance. It also inspired me to think about how to apply these concepts to my relationships with other people in teamwork settings in order to maximize our performance. In this chapter, the author discussed three main concepts of Personality, Intelligence and Perception and their applications to teamwork. In the first section, he defined the concept of Personality in a more comprehensive and academic manner-- "Personality is a relatively stable set of traits aids in explaining and predicting individual behavior" (41). He also categorized Personality into five big groups which can be applied to most people. One's personality type influences how much a person would be affected by stress, which can lead to decreased performance. The application of the Personality concept helps us to better understand ourselves and others in order to improve performance and relationships. The author continued on to discuss people's differing levels of intelligence and the four major learning styles. He contends that besides having difference personalities, people also tend to have different learning styles too. For example, some combine doing and feeling as an "Accommodation" whiles others observing and thinking as an "Assimilator". The different ways in which one interprets and acts on a situation is one of the reasons people find it difficult to work with other...
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