How Personality Determines Career Success

How Personality Determines Career Success
How Personality Determines Career Success

“Personality”, which is comprised of a set of traits can explain or predict our behavior in a variety of situations. In other words, our personality reflects the way we think and act in a given situation. Because of this, “personality” determines how we relate to one another at work, our attitudes and feelings and what our “normal behavior” is. The latter characterizes what our friends and colleagues come to expect of us in everyday interactions with us. We come to expect people we know to act a certain way, we learn to interact with and relate to them based on their personality, and this goes both ways.

Our personality, in the sense of ability to interact with others impacts our career success. In fact, the study “Who Earns More and Why? A Multiple Mediation Model from Personality to Salary” published by Spurk, D and Abele, A. in the Journal of Business and Psychology (June, 2010) found that there is a direct link between one’s personality and earnings. The results of the study showed that personality traits exert indirect influence on annual salary and that career-advancement is influenced by such traits as “conscientiousness”, “extraversion” and “agreeableness”.  The personality characteristic of “neuroticism”, i.e. a person’s a tendency to experience negative emotions, had more effect than any other personality trait on determining career success. In other words, people who have positive and likable personalities tend to be rewarded in life and have successful careers.

Our personalities have a direct impact on our attitudes as well. The important thing to remember about “attitudes” is that they change over time as we gain more experience. Positive experiences that occur in our life can dramatically change our attitudes for the better. The best thing is that we have control over our attitudes in our thoughts, i.e. we can be aware of our negative thoughts, and deliberately ignore them, or turn them into positive ones, otherwise it is very likely that we may become a negative person.

In a work environment, you can even observe how important attitudes are, i.e. the right attitude: people with cheerful and upbeat personalities bring positive perspective to work. Likewise, a colleague with a negative attitude is not the one you would want to have on your team: his negative attitude will sure have a devastating effect on everyone.

When we contemplate our personality and attitudes, we begin to get the bigger picture of who we are and how our perceptions affect how we behave at work and in our personal lives. Our personality is how we see the world, either positive and full of hope or negative and full of despair. Without a positive attitude, it can be difficult to relate to others simply because they will avoid our company. Likewise, having a positive attitude will boost our confidence and nurture our relationships resulting in better self-image and positive human relations.

Our attitudes are ultimately about our expectations of ourselves and others and how we handle the situation when our expectations are not met. In other words, how we sum up an experience, person, or situation and move forward. Therefore, it is well-worth our efforts to focus on improving our attitudes on a daily basis – by thinking positively we will change our entire personality. It goes without saying, that our efforts will be rewarded career wise as well: employers prefer to hire and promote people with a positive attitude and overlook all the hard work of those with negative frame of mind.

Thus, every time you when you have negative thoughts try to turn them into positive ones. Every morning when you wake up believe that the day is going to be great. If your negative thoughts are not the only thing that prevents you from having a good day then it is people in your surrounding – spend time with positive people, this will sure improve your attitude and enable your career success!

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