Steve Schwarzman Case Study

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1. How would you describe Stephen Schwarzman’s personality?

There are many traits that make up Stephen Schwarzman’s personality. He certainly has a proactive personality because he is goal oriented and takes initiative. He showed this when he was in high school racing track and continued to display this in his adult life from staying up all night to finish a spreadsheet before a meeting the next day to leading and directing many employees under him. Although he may have made mistakes along the way, he remained eager to succeed and deliver and wasn’t afraid to take action. I don’t necessarily see him as an extrovert that is extremely outgoing; rather he is an assertive yet calm and understanding leader. He is definitely emotionally stable as he has been able to take direction and criticism and grow and learn as a result of both. He is both a responsible and careful person who prefers to postpone deadlines until he is absolutely sure he has made the right decision.

2. Relative to concepts you have just read about, what traits and characteristics would describe the “ideal” Blackstone candidate? Explain your rationale for selecting each characteristic.

Blackstone appears to be the kind of organization that depends heavily on team work, diligence, and attention to detail. Schwarzman reveals to his new employees that it is most important to get the job done right, not just get the job done. He promotes and team work and encourages employees to offer and seek help to and from others. Working for an organization like that takes a certain type of person. The ideal candidate would be outgoing and sociable, which are both very important traits when working in teams. These employees need to be able to converse and interact with each other in constructive and productive ways, and these traits will help them do so. I also think it is vital that candidates are curious and open minded. They need to be open to new ideas as well as have an eagerness to...
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