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Big 5 Personality

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How does leveraging individual Personality Insights improve company performance and employee engagement?

History of the Big 5

Early theories suggested a various number of personality traits, including Gordon Allport’s list of 4000 personality traits. However, as time has gone on, we have simplified this work, and many researchers believe in five core personality traits. Psychologists seek to measure personality through several methods, including the widely popular Myers-Briggs type indicator.

How can the Big 5 help my organization?

Organizations use personality tests to assess where a prospective employee’s strengths and weaknesses lie, and to determine whether they would be a good cultural fit within the company. Utilizing personality profiles in management can be very beneficial in that it allows managers to understand what drives people individually. It has a tremendously positive effect on overall performance when you know how to motivate each individual on your team.

The Big 5 Explained

The Big Five Personality Traits is a scientifically validated personality model built on five dimensions or clusters of personality variances. These personality dimensions represent a range between two extremes, acknowledging that most individuals lie somewhere in between the two polar ends of each dimension. It’s important to not fixate on the naming of the traits themselves as some of the terminologies either have negative connotations in Western language or don’t quite portray the sentiment behind the trait. Learn more about each personality trait by clicking on the links below. 

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