Employers have long known that employees who have integrity are also top performers. Now there is a related personality trait that is a unique predictor of outstanding job performance: honesty-humility. In fact, the more honest and humble employees are, the higher their job performance, as rated by the employees' supervisors, according to researchers from Baylor University in Waco, TX. The five big personality traits are:

A tendency to experience unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety, anger or depression.

Energy and the tendency to seek stimulation and the company of others.

A tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic towards others.

A tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully and aim for achievement.

Openness to experience
Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure and unusual ideas; imaginative and curious.

Those who self-reported more honesty and humility were scored significantly higher by their supervisors for their job performance. The researchers defined honesty and humility as those who exhibit high levels of fairness, greed-avoidance, sincerity and modesty.


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