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Personality and Occupational Success
Personality and Occupational Success
Adrian Furnham

To what extent do ability and personality traits help or hinder work success and promotion? What traits are associated with those who occupy senior management roles? Are traits related to leadership emergence also related to leadership effectiveness? In short, what personality profile do you need to succeed in life and in work, in particular?

There is growing interest in personality trait correlates and predictors of individual and organizational performance, satisfaction, and derailment (Hogan & Hogan, 1997, 2001; Judge & Bono, 2000; Judge et al., 1999). There have been many studies on the relationship between personality and leadership, so much so that widely cited meta-analyses have been conducted (Arvey et al., 2006; Judge ...

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