Big Five is the most evidence-based model of personality in the world and a great tool for improving teamwork and collaboration.
Why Big Five?
The Big Five personality trait model is the most-widely accepted and most evidence-based model of personality in the world. It has far better scientific validity than for example DISC analysis or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
With Big Five, you can give your team a valid way of exploring personality types to cultivate awareness between coworkers, improve teamwork, and increase productivity.
Personality traits are great for building awareness in teams, since they stay consistent over time.
The Big Five Personality Traits
Big Five consists of five distinct personality traits that have been proven in scientific research over and over again.
This trait features characteristics such as imagination and insight, and those high in this trait also tend to have a broad range of interests. People who are high in this trait tend to be more adventurous and creative. People low in this trait are often much more traditional and may struggle with abstract thinking.
Standard features of this dimension include high levels of thoughtfulness, with good impulse control and goal-directed behaviors. Highly conscientiousness tend to be organized and mindful of details.
Extraversion is characterized by excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness, and high amounts of emotional expressiveness. People who are high in extraversion are outgoing and tend to gain energy in social situations. People who are low in extraversion (or introverted) tend to be more reserved and have to expend energy in social settings.
This personality dimension includes attributes such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviors. People who are high in agreeableness tend to be more cooperative while those low in this trait tend to be more competitive and even manipulative.
Neuroticism is a trait characterized by sadness, moodiness, and emotional instability. Individuals who are high in this trait tend to experience mood swings, anxiety, irritability and sadness. Those low in this trait tend to be more stable and emotionally resilient.
How were the Big Five discovered?
The Big Five come from the statistical study of responses to personality items. Using a technique called factor analysis, researchers looked at responses of people to hundreds of personality items by asking the question "What is the best way to summarize an individual?".
After performing this on a large number of people from all over the world, five items stood out from the pack in explaining a person's answers to questions about personality.
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