Individual Reflection – Big Five Personality Test
After taking the Big Five Personality Test I’ve concluded that it is a fairly accurate assessment of my personality. 1) On Openness to Experience/Intellect I ranked at the 53 percentile, with the description that I don’t typically seek out new experiences. I would agree with this assessment. While I am somewhat creative, I am no artist. It takes me more time to do something creative than something analytical, but I do still like to be creative on occasion.
2) On Conscientiousness, I rank very high – 86%. I also agree with this placement. I am well-organized and reliable. I feel that this part of my personality weighs down my openness to new experiences above. I’m very careful and calculated, taking care to get things right. 3) In Extraversion I ranked very low at just 7 percent. This is probably an accurate depiction, but if you asked most people who know me they wouldn’t rank me that low. I am a quiet, thoughtful person and I prefer small groups to large crowds. I am perfectly happy spending quiet time on my own. I actually work very hard at being more outgoing and forcing myself to talk to people in social situations where I would feel more comfortable melding into the background.
4) With Agreeableness I ranked at 83% with the description of good-natured, courteous and supportive. Being my agreeable self, I agree with this assessment. I have a natural affinity for empathy and sympathizing with others. 5) In Neuroticism I ranked at 37% - generally relaxed. This is also accurate. I would probably rank lower if it weren’t for being a worry wart, which is linked to my high conscientiousness. People often comment on how easy-going I am, but if they could see what goes on underneath the surface at times, they’d be very surprised at how well I keep a level head.
I feel that my combination of personality traits make me a good follower and a good leader. As a leader, my mid-level openness to new experiences keeps me from taking large risks, but also keeps me open to opportunities as they appear. My high conscientiousness helps me to put others and the organization ahead of myself. A leader doesn’t have to be well-organized, but they must be dependable and accountable. My low level of Extraversion helps me to be a good listener. People don’t have to worry that I’m just waiting for my turn to talk. I listen well, as I mentioned in my week 2 discussion post, this includes being attentive to body language and mood. Being a good listener is important for both leaders and followers. As a leader, my high level of agreeableness makes me approachable to followers, as well as supportive and sympathetic. This also aids in being a good listener and makes for a higher level of patience. A lower level of neuroticism is good for everyone. This also aids in being approachable as a leader making followers feel less apprehensive about delivering bad news. It also makes for a much better work environment. Having a more...