Personality, Attitudes, Values and Motivation Essay

3739 Words Sep 16th, 2013 15 Pages
An individual’s effectiveness in the workplace often depends on his/her personality, attitudes and values, along with his/her motivation to succeed. Concurrently, the perception, attitudes and values of colleagues in the workplace play a role in determining the individual’s effectiveness. Understanding these characteristics of employees can be very crucial for organizations to operate successfully. At the same time, it is essential that employees understand the values associated with the organization in order to avoid any conflicting feelings toward the work they are employed to do. By recognizing and appreciating each other’s characteristics and constraints, employees and the organizations they are part of, form a highly-beneficial …show more content…
In recent years, I have realized that my father portrays similar characteristics; he is strong, fast-paced, always wants his way and gets frustrated if he cannot achieve his goals, but still understands others’ emotions and tries to make up for his mistakes. However, I realized that such personality traits are not ideal in this, and over the past few years, I have taken to aggressively pursuing my goals, despite being pushed for time. I still do get frustrated when I do not achieve my goals, but I do not worry about how others’ view me and thus, have lost a bit of the ability to sense others’ emotions and feelings. In more general terms, I believe that heredity has definitely played an important role in providing me with strength and aggressiveness to pursue my goals, and influencing my reflexes, energy level and biological rhythm. However, concurrently, many aspects of my personality have been moulded through my own experience and my need to achieve what I aim for.

Dominant Personality Traits. From a very young age, I have developed a personality which is aggressively involved “in a chronic, incessant struggle to achieve more and more in less and less time and, if necessary, against the opposing efforts of other things or other people” (Friedman, & Rosenman, 1974, p. 84), which I have come to discover, is known as a Type A personality. Having a Type A personality, I am constantly striving to do