Learning_Team__C_Impact_of_Personalities_and_Diversity (1) - 1 Impact of Personalities and Diversity Teresa Kendrick Jessica Lewis Judy Pham Jaylene

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1 Impact of Personalities and Diversity Teresa Kendrick Jessica Lewis Judy Pham Jaylene Thompson Tomasina Washington HCS/370 November 7, 2016 Kendra Slatton
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2 Part 1 Introduction The American Psychological Association (2016) defines personality as, “individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving” (para. 1). The personality of an individual can have a great impact on their life, including their professional career. Different personalities have the ability to work together and feed off of each other while others tend to clash. The Big Five Personality Assessment focuses on extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability, and openness to experience. These traits can greatly impact an organizations performance, employee retention, and employee interaction to name a few. That is why it is imperative that management monitors the personality of their staff to ensure that any transactions and interactions between management, employees, and consumers are seamless. Describe the results of each member's personality test. Our five team members participated in taking a survey offered in Organizational Behavior 4th Edition (Hitt, Colella, & Miller, 2015, Ch. 5) titled, "Big Five Personality Assessment." In this survey, many of the scores were similar with only one team member having a score that yielded different results than the others. In the area of Extraversion, Hitt, Colella & Miller noted that those who score low in this portion of the assessment tend to thrive in areas where they are more frequently required to work alone (2015, p. 142-143). Four team members scored higher which indicates that they are more subject to interacting more frequently with various people. These traits are indicative of a person working in sales and management (2015, Hitt, Colella, & Miller, p. 142). Only one member did not score high but was evaluated as not
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3 being social or reserved. In the area of Conscientiousness, all five team members scored high which indicates a high degree of focus towards goals, and discipline while striving to reach them. These traits are common in those who display exceptional level of performance and team collaboration. When the scores for Agreeableness were tallied, all five of the team members scored highly, demonstrating that they possess levels of tolerance and understanding of others' individual circumstances. The fourth area of personality traits reflected scores on Emotional Stability. Each of the team members scored high in this area as well and as Hitt, Colella, and Miller stated, "The trait of emotional stability relates to how a person copes with stressful situations or heavy demands (2015, p. 144).” This trait is one that is can affect the performance of individuals when faced with challenging issues. The final trait is Openness to experience.
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