Essay The "Big Five" Personality Traits

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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
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The fourth characteristic is “extraversion.” Classified as an individual’s ease of being in relationships, this is probably the most important of all the “big fives.” My reasoning for this assumption is that in business, everything is about relationships. With no relationships, business does not exist. Businesses need relationships within the firm, employees amongst employees, and outside the firm, employees with customers, and the business with its vendors. While the level of the “extraversion” trait, meaning how “comfortable” one becomes in relationship, should be taken into consideration, relationships must happen in order for a business to be successful. The last of the “big five” is “openness.” “Openness” is defined as the ability to foster new concepts and to adapt as a result of this new information. It is very important to be more open in the work environment. For instance, with advancement in technology, it helps a company become more efficient and cut down on costs to increase profits. Individuals who are not willing or “open” to do so can hinder growth, which in essence, will slow the success of the company. Personalities

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