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“Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to       achieve your goals.”

Brian Tracy

Personality is the center of how we interact with others on a daily basis. The importance of personality varies through the role and industry. Personality traits reflect people’s characteristics patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The most widely used system traits are called the Five-Factor Model (the ‘Big Five’). The five factors may be easily remembered using the acronym ‘OCEAN”. The factors include Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

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It is the dimension of personality is characterized by the willingness to try new activities. Openness is often associated with intelligence when measuring personality factors.


People who are conscientious are more aware of their actions and the consequences of their behavior than people who are unconscientious.

Conscientious people are generally more goal-oriented in their motives, ambitious in their academic efforts and at work, and feel more comfortable when they are well-prepared and organized.


This personality is measured on an introversion-extraversion continuum. They enjoy being the center of a group and will often seek the attention of others. Individuals who fit in the middle of two traits are described as ambiverts.


Agreeable people dislike being involved in arguments, conflicts with others and another form of confrontation. Their ability to work with others means they often work well as members of a team and seek to pacify and appease others, acting as the mediating ‘peacemaker’ of their group.


This personality dimension is measured on a continuum ranging from emotional stability-instability, or neuroticism. A person’s neuroticism can have consequences in terms of their relationship with others.

“Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time and energy needed to develop yourself.”

Denis Waitley

People are used to expressing themselves nowadays. When applying for a job, professional success and industry experience are only part of what your interviewer wants to see. But many times more crucial for actually landing the job, are the personality traits that make you the right fit for the company. Here are the top 10 qualities and skills employers are looking for.

Communication Skill

The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential. Good communication skills will help you get hired, land promotions, and be a success throughout your career.


Creating an atmosphere of honesty also fosters an environment or self-accountability and responsibility. If organizations really want to evolve and grow, they must be open in hearing the truth from employees, even if it is honest as it is an important step toward building integrity in the workplace.

Technical Competency

Technical skills are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks. Hiring managers are looking for a candidate who can jump right in on the first day of work and start helping the organization’s achieving its goals.

Work Ethic

Work ethics involves attitude, behavior, respect, communication, and interactions. It demonstrates many things about whom and how a person is.


Being flexible It includes the willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations. Flexible employees are willing to do whatever is necessary to get the task accomplished or the job is done.

Determination and Persistence

Determination and persistence are required for success. Persistence is the continuation of action around that purpose while, Determination focus on the purpose.

Ability to Work in Harmony with Co-Workers

The key to a great work team is co-workers who show respect for each other, talk through problems when they arise, and work together to achieve common goals.

Eager and Willing to Add to their Knowledgebase and Skills

As technology rapidly growing, employees are often in need to find new information, expand knowledge and new ways of exploring things.

Problem-Solving Skills

A good problem-solving skill is a universal job skill that applies to any position and every industry. But not all employees are good at it, many employees stumble over one or more critical steps, failing to successfully resolve workplace issues.


Loyal employees contribute extensively to the productivity of the organization. Loyalty to a company is highly esteemed and often deemed as a valuable trait whereby an employee with a long tenure is seen as a valuable asset to the organization.

Setting new goals for personal development periodically will help you grow in your career, whether you’re in an intern, a C-level executive or anyone in between. The importance of personal development can’t be overstated. It’s the secret to separating yourself from the pack, the bridge that carries you toward the goals you have yet to reach.


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