Like Bruce Wayne and Batman, many of us in today’s society adapt their personality depending on the circumstances they find themselves in. It is natural to respond to changes and this consequently can have an effect on our attitudes and personalities. In regards to business and team effectiveness it is becoming more vital than ever that these adaptations of personalities in response to changes are managed.
As humans our genetic make-up makes us all different, in our looks, our attitudes and in our personalities. Moreover as humans we all have positive sides of these personalities and consequently negatives….sorry! It is however our control as to whether we choose to replace these faults with a focus on what we do well or allow them to prevent a possible chance to develop and improve.
Ok we are not suggesting something as dramatic as putting on a black cape, lowering your voice an octave and jumping into a bat-mobile. However, a personality shift cannot be a harm if it benefits productivity not just for your job but in all aspects of life.
Carol Dweck’s research is focused on why people succeed and the methods in which a personality shift can create success. As a professor of psychology of Stanford University a large proportion of her work surrounds the Malleable Theory.
"Malleable Theory - People’s belief that their most basic qualities can be developed by motivation and learning. - Defined by Carol Dweck"
Even if individuals do not naturally have this theory the acknowledgement and education of it is proven to make people open to learning, adapt to challenges and develop from criticism. In 2007 Dweck was involved in the “Malleable – intelligence” intervention conducted on experimental and control groups of students during the movement to junior high school. Both groups learnt study skills with only the experimental group being educated on the increased strength of the brain when it is used to learn. With greater changes of motivation and learning in this group after the tutoring, it highlights the significance of individuals acknowledging their skills and developing them.
Encouragement and appraisal may seem like an obvious method of improvement but in the heat of a working day, compliments can easily go amiss. Taking the time to highlight what individuals do well is not a difficult task and could have substantial effects on a persons performance. Carol Dweck’s involvement in research in 1998 displayed that it is when people are praised for their efforts or strategies that they take on the maellable theory rather than just being praised for their intelligence alone. Much like Bruce Wayne channelling his strengths and developing his strategies into becoming a bad guy busting superhero, the self-belief and the motivation for people to excel in their efforts creates the course of a conscious personality change.
But how do we learn what our real capabilities are?
This is where the role of psychometric assessments and feedback methods fit in nice and snugly. In our ebook “Talent Management: Our Expert views” Dr George Sik looks into personality profiling and how this can be implemented in training and development. Not only does he look at how personality can suggest what we do well he goes on to say “it is really specific competencies that you are likely to want to develop further (strengths, capabilities, performance indicators, call them what you will)”. The beauty of assessments allows for these competencies to be highlighted as well as areas in which an individual might be falling down. Personal development plans as well as internal or external training courses provide the support and practical tips to aid this process for anybody within an organisation whether they be an employee or leader.
In a recent interview, our Synermetric CEO John Dutton summarised “Psychometrics are the key tool of becoming aware of what you are and enabling you in what you want to become” and indeed it is with the aid of assessments that begins the journey of acknowledging our inner superhero strengths.
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