Planning your career? Personality matters

Planning your career? Personality matters
March 04, 2021
Author: Amir Baddour
Source: Rasd

We spend more than 50% of our waking hours in the workplace, choosing an environment where we can thrive and grow is essential to our mental health and personal fulfillment.

Almost every aspect of an individual’s career is determined directly or indirectly by personality. This includes career choice, performance, and even satisfaction. So how does it work?

A personality assessment describes a person’s thinking style and how the individual is expected to behave around and interact with others. It is a helpful tool to identify and differentiate between situations where the person will feel most comfortable, and where the person is not so comfortable and might benefit from further training development.

Consider the following scenario:

  • Sarah is an extrovert, she gets her energy from socializing and meeting new people, she thrives in social settings where she can communicate and exchange thoughts. Abdullah is an introvert, he enjoys self-reflection, is detail oriented, meticulous, and has strong planning skills. Both were recently assigned roles in the same organization.

Sarah was assigned a desk role in supply chain and logistics monitoring while Abdullah was assigned a sales role handling door-to-door sales and conducting cold calls. Several months later, their organization wanted to let go of both Sarah and Abdullah for their clearly perceived lack of motivation and gradual decrease in performance. Prior to taking any action, decisionmakers thought that conducting personality assessments may provide the necessary insight to improve performance.
Upon conducting personality assessments, the organization decided to switch the roles of Sarah and Abdullah. This decision benefited both the company and the individuals who months later were outperforming their peers.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Our childhood, adolescence, and experience as adults defines our personalities and affects our preferences, behaviors, and tendencies. It is prudent to factor in our personalities when considering any big-picture and impactful decisions. This includes our career choices, after all we all want to work in environments where we can add value and thrive as human beings.

With Rasd Leadership Consulting, we help individuals and organizations demystify the psychological map and explore different aspects of personality to unlock potential and enable career growth.