The "Big Five" Personality Traits

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The "Big Five" Personality Traits

By | September 2008
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The “Big Five” Personality Traits
Throughout our lives, we, as humans, encounter others that we may either have an immediate connection with, must discover more about the individual to determine the relevant connection, or simply, we just cannot manage to maintain a cordial relationship. What determines whether or not we can get along with someone else is defined by an individual’s personality. A personality is an array of “psychological” characteristics that makes each person unique, in their own way. Upon analyzing my own personality, I believe that my overall character is one that understands, can relate, and focuses on the big picture both in my personal life and in the work environment. Therefore, in analyzing personalities in the work environment, I reference the “big five” personality traits to determine whether or not I do or do not agree with other individuals in the workplace.

The first of the “big five” personality traits is “agreeableness.” I comprehend this attribute as an individual’s knack to get along with others. While it is great to agree with people just as much as it is not so favorable to typically disagree, it really needs to be balanced. In the work environment, agreeing with people does, for the most part mean that he / she tends to be accommodating. Yet, people can take that for granted. In my eyes, that is viewed as a weakness. While this trait is being analyzed in the work environment, we have to remember that the employees are also humans, and what happens in the work environment usually happens in one’s personal life. Always agreeing can also mean that the individual is submissive, and may do this at a time where assertiveness or conflict is necessary. Having the “agreeableness” trait must come along with analytical skills, so if and when there is an organizational decision that needs to be made, deciding “not” to agree may have to be the option for the benefit of the business.

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