Category: Personality

Can Personality Lead to Better Performance?

Topic: Motivation, Personality, Job Performance Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (MAR 2009) Article: Using a two-factor theory of achievement motivation to examine performance-based outcomes and self-regulatory processes. Authors: Story, P.A., Hart, J.W., Stasson, M.F., & Mahoney, J.M. Reviewed By: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl Have you ever wondered why some employees seem to find

Which Employees Set the Bar Higher?

Topic: Personality, Motivation, Goals Publication: Personality and Individual Differences (JAN 2010) Article: Individual differences in reactions to goal-performance discrepancies over time. Authors: P.D. Converse, E. Steinhauser, and J. Pathak Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger By nature, a goal creates a discrepancy between an employee’s current performance and some future state. For example,

So Many Constraints…Just Let Me to be Conscientious!

Topic: Job Performance, Personality Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior (NOV 2009) Article: A meta-analytic investigation into the moderating effects of situational strength on the conscientiousness-performance relationship Authors: R.D. Meyer, R.S. Dalal and S. Bonaccio Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Conscientiousness is a personality trait that predisposes employees to be well organized, attentive

Which Employees Go Above and Beyond — and Why?

Topic: Personality, Job Attitudes Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2009) Article: Personality and Citizenship Behavior: The mediating role of job satisfaction Authors: Ilies, R., Fulmer, I.S., Spitzmuller, M., & Johnson, M. D. Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Organizational Citizenship Behaviors (OCBs) are discretionary work behaviors that enhance the organizational environment

Cha Cha Cha Changes…in Selection and Training

Topic: Performance, Selection, Training Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2009) Article: Effects of selection and training on unit-level performance over time: A latent growth modeling approach   Authors: C. H. Van Iddekinge, C. H. Ferris, P. L. Perrewe, A. A. Perryman, F. R. Blass, & T. D. Heetderks Blogger:

Eyes on the prize

Topic: Leadership, Personality, Performance Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2009) Article:  The role of goal-focused leadership in enabling the expression of conscientiousness Authors: A.E. Colbert, L.A. Witt Reviewed By: Larry Martinez Colbert and Witt take the stance that goal-directed leadership tactics (being very directive about goals) creates an environment that allows

Beware of trait dominance in groups: Those people may be full of hot air!

Topic: Personality, Teams Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Why do dominant personalities attain influence in face-to-face groups? The competence-signaling effects of trait dominance.). Why do dominant personalities attain influence in face-to-face groups? The competence-signaling effects of trait dominance. Author: C. Anderson, G. Kilduff Featured by: LitDigger While attitudes towards group projects run the

What Practitioners Need to Know about Personality Testing

Topic: Assessment, Personality, Selection Publication: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Article: Personality testing and Industrial Organizational Psychology: A productive exchange and some future directions. Blogger: Benjamin Granger In an overview of the current state of personality testing in organizations, Oswald and Hough (2008)  take on several perspectives and present some important ideas for research and practice in the

A limp handshake = no follow up calls

Topic: Assessment, Personality Publication:  Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews. Blogger: Rob Stilson Stewart, Dustin, Barrick, & Darnold (2008) looked at the relationship between a person’s handshake  and the outcomes of an interview. They also looked at what information is conveyed with a handshake.  They were mainly concerned with what a person’s

Crazy Leadership Findings

Topic: Emotions at Work, Leadership, Personality Publication: Personality and Individual Differences Article: The “dark” side of leadership personality and transformational leadership: an exploratory study. Blogger: LitDigger Are you tired of all the literature linking narcissism to leadership? Ready for a new spin? Well, buckle your safety belts and whirl around with me. A