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Big 5 Personality Traits and How to Set your Goals Based on Your Personality
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There are Big Five personality traits that more or less define human behaviors. Every one of us has different traits present in us in different percentages. Here are the corresponding goal setting styles for each personality type:  

  • Conscientiousness- (Efficient/Organized vs. Easy-going/Careless)

For people who are skewed towards efficient or organized, their intrinsic motivations are enough for them not to be limited by procrastination and a lack of energy or enthusiasm. They need to set for themselves a good number of complex objectives which can be achieved in the long-term and need perseverance, patience, and hard work. They must also choose objectives in the professional life which also ties back to the organization's bigger picture so that these individuals always have something to keep them passionate about.

For those who are rather easy-going or careless, goals must be highly segmented and small for them to achieve in a small amount of time because long-term goals don’t inspire to them well and they might lose interest in due course of time.       

  • Extraversion- (Outgoing/Energetic vs. Solitary/Reserved)

For those who are outgoing or energetic, they have to build their goal-setting around activities which require extreme concentration and focus to achieve. They must set themselves goals like client interaction, intelligent business networking, and attending events to enhance their collaboration and people skills.

People inclined towards solitary or reserved personality traits must take goal setting of how to improve their people and networking skills. Effective communication can be easily built if you take the development of these skills as a habit or constant practice. If you train your brain to believe these skills can be learned over time and with practice, you will soon start to internalize these habits.      

  • Openness to Experience- Inventive/Curious vs. Consistent/Cautious)

Inventive or curious people must explore their ideas and look at the opportunities which can make them into projects. Be it either learning a new skill online or implementing an idea into the workplace. Their idea pilot testing must be backed by relevant data and measurable and actionable insights to derive real meaning from their goals. They can think to start their own venture or think of unique ways to implement in the team for greater productivity and performance.   

Consistent or cautious people stick to their deadlines, are not risk-taking and like to go as per already existing ideas, and can get a lot of work done with their perseverance and persistence. These people should always plan the goals to be long-term like buying a house, going back to school to complete an additional qualification, or dealing with difficult clients.

  • Agreeableness- Friendly/Compassionate vs. Cold/Unkind

Friendly or compassionate people can set their goals to be greater networking, going out for business and personal events, and leading group discussions and important meetings with the clients. Closing important business deals, getting different departments to work seamlessly and without friction, or understanding why certain team members might not be working to the best of their abilities. It will eventually help your team improve on productivity metrics.

The exact opposite of this also works true for cold or unkind people. Friendliness and compassion can be developed over time by being less critical of people, avoiding negative thoughts regarding them, not second-guessing them, and finding good qualities about them. They must go out of their comfort zone to network with people and working on their people skills.

  • Neuroticism- Secure/Confident vs. Sensitive/Nervous

If you fall in the zone of secure or confident personality traits, you should set goals which you are not confident about or you can write down different skills on a sheet of paper and rank yourself in percentage. If you think your communication skills are 75%, you can work on it by joining clubs on public speaking to reach 85 or 90% or you think you need to build your network more efficiently, you can work on it too.

Sensitive or nervous people have to work on their emotional quotient and understand cues about themselves which make them nervous. They have to set goals which make them go out of their comfort zones and build their confidence in skills they want to learn. You can join clubs for public speaking or effective communication or complete new sets of certifications to build confidence in your technical skill-sets.

Topics: Career

Originally published January 28 2019,updated November 18 2019

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