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What is personality?

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Personality is our automatic, our essence, what we do naturally, without thinking, is intuitive, spontaneous. Whenever the situation requires us to be ourselves, we swim with the current.

Personality is formed in early childhood, up to 2, 7 or 14 years old, depending on the line of research. According to Holland, it is the result of genetics, experiences at this stage of life and the influence of parental figures. In summary, the important thing is that in adult life the personality is formed. And once formed, except in cases of trauma, the personality hardly changes.

If personality is constant, what changes over time?

While the personality has a high level of stability, what changes are the behaviors that we adapt throughout life to better live in society. When that means adjusting our nature, we play characters. Doing this for half an hour a day takes some effort, but tolerable especially if we have a goal behind us. The problem starts when we play all day. The human being is intelligent and learns, but sustaining the staging requires a very high level of energy. In seeking to be someone else, the day ends exhausted and unhappy.

In addition, as much as someone is able to adapt behaviors, going against nature itself, let’s remember that we are in a permanent state of competition. Above all, we compete with other candidates, peers, the competitor, other alternatives. If your company competes in the market using what is the result of very high effort and the competitor competes with a team that does the same things ‘with their back foot’, your position is always at a disadvantage.

What does personality have to do with career?

Just as companies compete, so do humans. It is competition between candidates, between suppliers, between teams. Whether healthy or predatory, competing using natural personality puts the professional at an advantage. This is the result of what has been discovered about management by strengths. Where it has been proven that investing in strengths brings 11 times greater gains than investing the same time or effort in improving weaknesses. As a consequence, there is a gain in satisfaction, resourcefulness in doing and happiness with the result as well as with the way to get there.

Published in September 2022.

AUTHOR [Danielle Amate]