|Part 2 - Most Important Product
of a Man’s effort - - His Own Personality
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How do you define a powerful
First step in understanding what is a powerful personality is full realization of weaknesses inherent in human nature and how we can overcome them. We easily succumb to our needs, wants, ambitions, dislikes, motivations, as well as the crucial ability to understand one’s position in the universe as a direct result of decisions made in the past. Merely by accumulating wealth or knowledge and having power or authority or acquiring some skill or distinction or talking gullibly, we do not achieve powerful personality.
Any one can achieve Powerful Personality by learning to live well and to face the challenges of life with courage, zeal and enthusiasm. We achieve a powerful personality:.
A person can be strong or weak, coward or brave, learned or ignorant, good or bad or somewhere in between the two extremes of hundreds of different qualities or traits. A gang leader is an example of a strong person with a bad character. Strong persons with good character, abilities and habits seize opportunities to emerge as political or community leaders. In business organization entrepreneurs, managers and supervisors lead their work force to do things the right way but community leaders or politician lead people to do the right things or at least what they consider to be the right things. As Jim Rohn says, “Managers help people to see themselves as they are. Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are."
|.||There are persons who are dexterous and
master of their craft but do not make good leaders or managers because
of their temperament. Most top executives and senior managers are not necessarily
experts but they know how to get the job done by different experts working
for them and often they posses basic knowledge sufficient to make sound
While generally people label each other
on the basis of not only their own personal likes and dislikes, prejudices
and predigested thoughts but also because of some marked personality trait
observed. For instance a good-humored person may be labeled as cheerful
or amiable by some while others may regard him as a joker or wisecracker.
And a clever person may be called witty, intelligent, smart or sly or cunning
depending upon our likes and dislikes or our relations and experience with
There are different theories about personality types in psychology, sociology, management and other disciplines. However generally "prominent aspects of personality that are exhibited in a wide range of important social and personal contexts” are regarded as personality traits. While any personality theory does not explain everything about an individual it is a powerful indicator of his or her values, needs, abilities and strengths. Gaining an understanding of our own temperament and/or personality type increases self-esteem and confidence. Gaining an understanding of those around you improves communication and relationships and improves chances of our success. .
Raymond Cattell's research propagated a two-tiered personality structure with sixteen "primary factors" and five "secondary factors". Building on the work of Cattell and others, Lewis Goldberg proposed a five-dimension personality model, nicknamed the "Big Five":
Each dimension encompasses numerous personality traits that establish whether or not a person posses the dimension suitable for a particular profession or leadership.
In her book “How to Thrive in an Extrovert
World”; Dr. Marti Olsen Laney identifies some high-profile introverts,
including television journalist Diane Sawyer, first lady Laura Bush, and
a number of famous writers and actors. The impressive achievements the
people on her list have made should dispel any idea that introverts are
unable to gain
Benjamin Franklin emphasized the importance of ‘listening’ in the following words: ”The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.”
Dean Rusk, U.S. Democratic politician used to say,” One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears—by listening to them.”
Trust is regarded as “person’s confidence
in another individual’s intentions and motives, and in the sincerity of
that individual’s word.
Conscientiousness is a term denoting thoroughness and assiduity in conforming to the sense of duty. The recognition and acceptance of a binding rule of conduct is called conscience.
4. Emotional stability
Intellect - Open to experience
Attributes of successful individual include Initiative, Grasping ability, Judgment, Honesty and Dependability, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Enthusiasm, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Composure, Loyalty and Endurance
For induction in supervisory position qualities
like Maturity, Improvement, Will, Assertiveness, Candor, Sense of humor,
Competence, Commitment, Creativity, Self-discipline, Humility, Flexibility,
Decisiveness, Justice, Endurance Empathy/Compassion are given special consideration.
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