Personality Profiling in Organizational Communication

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Personality profiles in organizational settings Within organizational settings, personality profiles play an important role in myriad situations including job placement and improving communication skills among employees. Personality profiles can help frame discussions of how multiple ways of thinking can complement each other in synergistic ways including creating optimal business solutions (Lewis, 1999). Personality profiles can also meaningfully contribute to the way that organizations use training. There exists much research on training based on personality profiling, and many of these articles suggest a positive correlation between the two. In general there are five factors of personality: extro/introversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, openness to experience, and agreeableness (Van Vianen and Kmieciak, 1998). These will be discussed in relation to the relevant research. In an article in Medical Education, Clack, et al (2004)researched the personality differences between doctors and the general population of the UK (i.e. patients). Results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) showed that personality types of UK doctors and patients differ significantly. These important results suggested that additional training in medical education programs would benefit doctors. Considering that most complaints against doctors are not about competency, but about ineffective communication, this research highlights the need for further communication training in medical education. It is widely believedthat educational achievement and training is beneficial in training in fields such as medicine. However, personality and motivation based on personality profiling may have as much influence (Manktelowand Lewis, 2005). knowledgebase and philosophy and all benefit from expanded understanding. But an understanding of these knowledge bases can only be enhanced by understanding the kinds of personalities that make up an organization. “The result is not just that...
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