Management & Personality

PersonalityLast week we were asked to think about how people differ and how these differences could have impacts on the workplace. The differences I focused on where culture, language and how these could have an impact on communication or time management within an organisation. These differences gave me a deeper insight into how management needs to understand each person that is in their organisation.

As we moved forward into week 2 we see deeper issues like, intelligence and personality, identity and subjectivity related to approaches such as nomothetic and idiographic. Having never heard of these two perspectives, I was excited to being this new learning journey.

What is the nature and value of the nomothetic perspective?

Here the nature of the nomothetic is that we can identify a characteristic in a person and with that we can somehow predict their behaviour. Our personality has certain aspects about it that have been stable over our life and then can influence the way we behave. The ways in which we can illustrate this is through personality theory, in particular test such as the big 5 and MBTI.

What is the nature and value of the idiographic perspective?

The nature of the idiographic perspective is that each and every one is unique, that the particular context a person is in relates to this uniqueness.   To understand a person we need to understand the context the person is in. In order to illustrate this perspective we need to look at identity, what defines us as an individual and how we interact in society, our subjectivity how we act in that society our ways of behaviour.

To completely understand in more detail you need to know some statistical concepts such as correlation and validity. I am lucky that I understand these concepts so I quickly moved forward in the modules.

Our first reflective exercise was interesting as I had to imagine a scenario where if I was leading a team, I don’t like to use the word manager as I am nowhere near this title in my career.

Would it be more helpful to a manager to adopt approaches informed by the nomothetic or the idiographic perspective?

  • Depends on the organisation – the context, the environment.
  • Team building may use the idiographic perspective better, as focus would be on different ideas within the diverse aspects of a given project, for example a community project.
  • Nomothetic seems to be very rigid and pre-planned would fit with an organisation that works in silos such as a call center with set targets and goals, and certain types of people could be chosen to do this work.

Case study 1 = consider the use of psychometric’s & compare this to your own experience.

Taking the psychometric test MBTI the following is considered.

EI = Many aspects of my experiences involve extroverts and moving into a new career has opened up the avenue for me to work alongside many introverts. Many projects that I worked on seemed that I was always with the introverts and as tasks became more problematic I hoped we could brainstorm and talk these out whereas the others all took their separate ideas and worked it out from there. This left me very much in the dark, I hoped that I could learn from others in areas I was not familiar with but this was not open to me as certain people worked alone.

TF = in this new career I have been working alongside different people to what my previous career entailed. Before I would have been surrounded by people who were concerned with people’s reactions, however today in my professional identity I am finding that I am becoming more concerned with analysis because my colleagues and the environment I am in is creating this new way of thinking. However when working with a team and when deadlines are near and tensions do rise I do still find myself watching others and understanding their reactions and feelings.

Having done one test it was very accurate and on many levels gave me great insight, however the nature of the work for me was very boring and the work environment was very different to what I was used to which was the deciding factor for me to leave this employment after a short while.

Identity and subjectivity

Identity defines our relationship with the society which we are working in. These relationships influence the way society treat us.

Subjectivity is the idea that an identity actually allows us to take on subjective positions to do certain things and not others.

As individuals we understand society as it filters through our brains and perceptions from our experiences. Experience as a learning resource can make us see things clearly.


Altogether this week’s learning has given me a deeper insight into people and most importantly the people I would consider difficult to work with. I now know I need these people with me in order to see every project for every angle.

It has been challenging as I am not in the context of a manager or a working environment. It gives me the opportunity to look back on previous employments and projects I have worked with. This gives me the chance to visualise the projects and see how each project was planned and problems that did occur.


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