The Dark Side of Personality

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The Dark Side of Personality

At Zircon, we pride ourselves on directing our efforts to attract, select, recruit, and develop top-quality candidates to align with the strategy and business objectives of our extensive client base. A major avenue in attaining this goal is by understanding ‘fit’ – the fine alignment between a candidate’s combined qualities and the needs of our clients. By carefully evaluating the ‘fit’ of an individual, we provide the optimum calibration between client and candidate.

For many of us, our time is often spent pursuing strong, healthy interpersonal relationships. We value virtues such as harmony, trust, cohesion, tolerance, and compassion – focusing on all of the positives that human interaction brings to the table. Research in Psychology is similarly met with an optimistic outlook, describing human behaviour using broad models (or taxonomies) that categorise human nature by their ‘bright’ elements.

Traditionally, personality is often described within a constellation of 5 independent, yet interrelated, socially-desirable constructs. This model, otherwise known as the ‘Big 5’ is comprised of: Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness.

Some other positive attributes are also regularly included such as high self-esteem, core self-evaluations, and proactivity. At work, these traits are often linked to successful leadership, strong job performance, creativity, as well as emotional resilience in dealing with stressful working environments.

A major problem with such an optimistic outlook on personality and interpersonal relationships is that for many of us, and for much of the time, relationships are one of life’s biggest frustrations. Workplace quarrels, conflicts, disputes, and arguments are all too common, as is workplace incivility, exploitation, manipulation, and selfish intentions.

These are just some of the difficulties that affect us on a regular basis, and are unfortunately all too familiar. In order to paint an accurate picture of real human behaviour, we must venture into the ‘dark side’ of personality. This white paper summarises the dark triad of personality and the 11 aspects of leadership failure associated with over used strengths and preferences at work.

Please click here to download our Dark Side of Personality publication and the following previous Zircon publications.

The Future of Talent Management

Assessing Talent

Winning Attitudes

HR and Talent in the 21st Century

Inspirational Presence

Inclusion in the Board Room

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