Personality at Work: The Drivers and Derailers of Leadership

Personality at Work: The Drivers and Derailers of Leadership

by Ronald Warren


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An Evidence-Based Approach to Personality and Leadership

A leader’s bullying and constant dismissal of his team’s concerns nearly take down an entire company—and the global financial system. The U.S. Government has to provide a $182 billion bailout. A new CEO transforms a near-bankrupt auto company and its infamously competitive culture becomes more collaborative and thrives—making it the only auto manufacturer to not take bailout funds.

These stories share a truth: Each leader’s personality set the course of their company’s future. We all know that IQ, education, knowledge, and technical skills are essential for professionals, but they alone are insufficient for effective leadership. Who you are as a person—your personality and character—drives leadership performance and determines who thrives and who fails.

In Personality at Work, psychologist Ron Warren lays out the key personality traits that drive high performance—and the common traits that derail it. Warren clusters closely related traits into four dimensions of behavior:

• Teamwork/Social Intelligence
• Deference
• Dominance
• Grit/Task Mastery.

Each cluster is broken down into personality traits—13 in all.

Personality at Work draws from research using the renowned LMAP 360 with 20,000 leaders and 250,000 360-feedback raters. An assessment used at organizations around the world, LMAP 360 is used at Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, Underwriter Laboratories, BearingPoint, Deloitte, Teach for America, Clayton Homes, and more than 35 hospital systems throughout the United States.

Personality at Work integrates research on personality and performance, teamwork, communications, judgment, and decision-making. You will learn how to …

• Recognize your own personality patterns and those of colleagues
• Understand the links between personality, leadership, and organizational effectiveness
• Turn insights into action, leading with Grit and EQ to drive individual and team performance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781259860355
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,147,480
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ronald A. Warren, Ph.D., developed the LMAP 360 assessment used by top education institutions, corporations, and healthcare systems worldwide. Ron has worked in clinical and organizational psychology and has been published in American Journal of Psychiatry, Adolescence, and Measures of Leadership.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: Personality Matters ix

Part I Personality in Action/Personality Measures

Chapter 1 The Two Steves 3

Chapter 2 Silicon Valley Grit 23

Chapter 3 Personality Traits and Profiles 29

Chapter 4 Team Process and Personality 45

Chapter 5 Personality Profiles and Effectiveness 67

Chapter 6 Flying Lessons-Crew Leadership, Teamwork, and Communications 83

Chapter 7 Personality Is Behavior-Self-Ratings and 360 Feedback 97

Chapter 8 Things Are Crazy at Work 113

Part II Deference: Derailers and Development

Chapter 9 Deference-The Right-Sider 123

Chapter 10 Leading with Grit and Assertiveness 139

Part III Dominance: Derailers and Development

Chapter 11 The Dominant Personality of Our Time 157

Chapter 12 The Toll of Hostility 173

Chapter 13 Dominance Is Not Leadership 181

Chapter 14 Leadership EQ and Teamwork Behaviors 193

Part IV Leadership Drivers and Development

Chapter 15 Leadership in Action-Qantas Flight 32 217

Chapter 16 Your Best Self-the LMAP Method 233

Chapter 17 Red Teams and WRAP 243

Chapter 18 Insight in Action 251

Appendix A Timothy Leary 259

Appendix B Example of LMAP 360 Effectiveness Ratings 265

Appendix C Self-Reflection Exercises 267

Notes 273

Index 289

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