What Is Personality - How It Is Helpful To Management

All that goes through your mind is revealed at your face and so your personality has your say. Being generated from your mind and getting diluted with your non-verbal actions, the ideas, feelings, thoughts and perceptions are known to others easily. Every human being is unique in his existence. He or she in one way or another possesses different qualities and attributes. According to Norman O. Brown, “I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property.” Personality can be defined as an assortment of qualities that discriminate an individual from another on the basis of commonalities and psychological
behavior. Personality of a person can be determined based on his genetic and environmental factors. Personality is a combination of traits from which a person is understood to be different from others. There are two aspects of personality to be determined. One can himself say what he is by his hopes, intentions and values. Another aspect is what he is said about and how he is regarded to be by others - That is to be considered on the basis of his sociability and creativity. The former signifies identity and the latter is reputation. Both terms are of a great value and importance to management’s viewpoint. The study of personality relates to the field of psychology which has a closed relevance to management. By understanding certain dimensions of personalities, managers can expect and guess about the actions and reactions of the employees. They can predict and envisage the behaviors of the employees at work - Through which a future possibility can be contemplated and conceived. According to Isaac Bashevis, “We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.” Let us consider few personality types that can be helpful to the management. Egoist: This is a person who seeks just this point in every decision he takes or he intends to do anything that what lies in it for him and that if he gets benefited or bears a loss. He does not care even if his selfishness and a desire for self advancement harm others. He is eager to get his own benefits all the time. He is with a trait of selfishness. “I am expert. I can advise you.” “Haven’t you heard about my latest developments? Didn’t you know that I did this and that?” – These are his statements - A Boastful Person. He is to be regarded as Egotist. He has a tendency to speak of himself boastfully. He has possessed egotism which is related to narcissism – self importance. “Let me help you” is the slogan of this man. He believes in this philosophy that the true happiness of life lies in the welfare of others and “Live and let me live”. He is an “Altruist” who has learnt the art of life as it goes in the words of William Allen White, “If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or
joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own… how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.” Introvert: This sort of a person is quiet and shy at all times and very much inclined to the solitude. He often seems to be moody while he seldom seems to be enjoying the company of others. He prefers one person to crowd – probably - the same sort of person as he is. He is interested in creative works but feels uncomfortable with the company of others if the tasks require others’ help. He may be a teacher or an administrator. He is full of high spirits. He is interested in others’ problems. He is the life of the party and draws people attention. It is he who increases cheerfulness and makes the mood of the gathering lightened. He says let us do together. He loves to be with people. He is called as an Extrovert. An Ambivert: He has got both qualities of introvert and extrovert but has neither to to the extreme level. The application of these qualities is at different times and different occasions. His personality is like that of most people. Sometimes they are introvert and extrovert sometimes. He dislikes and hates others. He has a strong feeling of displeasure, full anger and hatred. He sees only negative aspect of any aspect and considers only shortcomings in others. He does not accept virtues of others. He is known as Misanthrope. To him, austerity, severity or plainness and lonely contemplation are the characteristics of the good life. He takes simple food to keep body and soul combined. He’s self-restraint. He believes that this will eventually lead to spiritual perfection. This is his philosophy. He is an ascetic. In any type of personality one may be categorized, nevertheless, the door is always open for the development of one’s personality and the rectification of shortcomings. Every human being is a mixture of virtues and weaknesses but the right person is he who assesses to correct himself. Whatever the case may be, the value of humanity must not be forgotten. Such a wealth is the wealth of humanity that whose owner is richer than the richest. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Very often we need to be reminded of these lines, the poet is not known but his or her verses are admirable and inspirational to build one’s personality. “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” By: K.A.Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui) (PhD-Management) BBA; MBA-Finance; M.Phil-Financial Management MA-English; M.Phil-English Pursuing CMA-USA MIMC- Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India http://expertscolumn.com/content/psychology-%E2%80%93-nature-and-scope http://expertscolumn.com/content/accounting-need-and-importance http://expertscolumn.com/content/what-managerial-economics-how-it-important-business-managers

Article Written By FAREED SIDDIQUI

I am an Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India. I am a Professional with a high creative capability based on Business, Management, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance and Management Consulting Field. I impart part time training and development programs. I write professional articles on business & management, business English and Software Engineering.

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