The Big Five Personality Traits

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The Big Five Personality Traits Kelly Wilson Benedictine University Organizational Behavior MGT 320-D2A5 Teresa Pavone November 06, 2015 The Big Five Personality Traits Personality traits reflect people’s characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Motivation is a factor that is highly dependent upon personality and because of this, managers must be able to recognize and respond to the different traits. Personality has been studied extensively throughout the years and researchers have found five distinct personality traits that are most relevant to organization; agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion and openness. Because of the way personality influences a person’s performance, these are…show more content…
Those who are less conscientious, then, are less organized, irresponsible, and less self-disciplined (Griffin & Moorhead, 2014, p. 67). To motivate someone who is highly conscientious, a manager may assign them to analyze specific set of data each month that will be presented in a quarterly meeting with higher administration. This will capitalize on their sense of responsibility to the organization as well as give them a sense of pride in their hard work. For the less conscientious person, a manager should take a different approach. Since they cannot focus like their more conscientious counterparts, they can contribute to the organization in different ways. A manager can give this individual numerous small tasks to complete so they are not focusing on too much at one time. Neuroticism Highly neurotic people tend to experience anxiety, moodiness, irritability, sadness, and emotional instability on a more frequent basis than those who are less neurotic (Cherry, n.d., figure 4). Someone who is highly neurotic may not handle stressful situations as well as a less neurotic coworker, who is likely to be poised, secure, and calmer (Griffin & Moorhead, 2014, p. 67). A neurotic individual may require more reassurance in their position, so to keep this employee motivated, a manager will need to provide positive feedback along with any negative feedback when it is necessary. Extraversion Extraversion is described as the quality of being comfortable with

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