Personality: winning factor

To sustain the position and to have growth in an industry/organization an individual must have some personality traits which help the one to get success in life. These traits are as follows:
Winning Traits:

1. Response to Tension:
Most successful executive are intense people although it may not always be evident even to them. Often they are at their best under fire and, rather than solving problems by abstract analysis will reach practical solutions by direct action.

2. Individual Initiative:
The successful executive will usually take immediate action before a situation becomes blown out of proportion. S/he usually will not wait for instructions, but take the initiative to solve the problem, seeks to anticipate and adjust to change, leads the public relations effort.

3. Curiosity and Learning:
 The professional (executive) should have an inquiring mind, should want to learn everything possible about the product, service, client or organization, and the competition. The executive must try a number of approaches in order to solve a problem, some of which might not work. If and when they don't work the professional does not regard them as personal blunders, but as learning opportunities. Problems are solved by persistence and intelligence. S/he never stops learning.

4. Energy, Drive, and Ambition:
The successful executive has energy, drive and ambition. S/he works rapidly and is not afraid to take a calculated risk. This is a very important element in the personality of executives. Most of the top practitioners are stimulated by the problems to be solved and are willing to work the hours it takes to reach their goals.

5. Objective Thinking:
Executives must be as objective and factual as possible and above all excellent in judgment. They must know what to do and say, and when. They must have a sense of timing. They must have a capacity for intense concentration and attention to intricate detail and keen powers of observation. This is especially critical in counseling.

6. Flexible Attitude:
It is crucial that executives have the ability to see things from someone else's viewpoint. eg.. Executive management's, a publication editor's or a hostile audience's.

7. Service to Others:
Most successful executives have a natural desire to help people. Pleasure in the success of others is a major motivation for the service behavior.

8. Friendliness:
The professional (executive) are perceived as likable, friendly and genuinely interested in others, rarely as resentful, bitter, or hostile. They develop and maintain a wide range of personal contacts.

9. Versatility:
The successful executive is often able to perform well in a variety of areas because s/he has a venturesome spirit and a lively interest in the world at large. The best practitioners are generalists with a specialty. The desire to learn and the ability to focus on varied subjects helps them adjust rapidly to new tasks and multiple client problems and needs.

10. Lack of Self-Conscience:
Successful executives much less self conscience than other executives, perhaps because they often function as catalysts. Although some practitioners have large egos, they often are self-effacing. Functioning in the background while projecting others into the limelight. This trait is indigenous to the professional executive.

Personality can be changed, by working to improve shortcomings and acquiring a better understanding of human nature, practitioners are better adjusted, more influential, and more effective. The process can be a critical factor in success, particularly in the management ranks. For a professional the optimal choice for a job is not the number of traits possessed, but the pattern of these traits within the personality. Qualifications are essential, but the situations in which the professional will be placed and the personality of the executive to whom s/he will report are equally important considerations. Personality is, indeed, an important factor in an executive search for the organization.


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