Organizational Behaviors With Respect To Human Nature and Personality
The importance of an individual’s character traits and overall personality is evident as it refers to the sum of the dynamic mental structures and coordinated processes of the mind, which determine emotional and behavioral adjustments to the organization and team as the individual’s attitude towards achieving success.
The Impact of a CEO’s Personality on The Organization:
In my 9 years’ experience, during which I served 6 different organizations, I have witnessed the growth and decline of various organizations. In each case, the growth or the decline was always the result of the actions of a single person, i.e. the CEO or COO (irrespective of the CEO’s gender).
It has been observed that replacing the CEO or Manager changes the culture, behaviors and performance levels across the organization. This reflects the impact of the CEO’s personality on organizational behaviors.
An apt illustration of the impact of bringing in a new CEO could be seen by drawing an analogy between any given country and an organization; changing the leadership style from that of military rule to that of a democracy effects the performance of the economy.
Goals, Career Counseling and Achievements.
Most often, there is a conflict between individual goals and organizational goals. Additionally some organizations show preferential treatment to resources who joined the company as fresh graduates and then continued to serve the company for many years. Such companies spend time and resources to offer long-term employees career counseling as well as training and development opportunities, while those resources who have joined the company and bring years of experience from other organization(s) are not given as many opportunities to learn and grow.
In order to maximize achievement rates and draw on the full potential of employees, it is advisable for human resource managers to hire individuals whose professional goals are aligned with that of the organization and then ensure that career counseling and training opportunities are available to all and sundry in the organization.
While hiring any individual it is important to inform them about the company culture and the level of interpersonal communications involved in their job role. This gives individuals a chance to evaluate if they are well suited for the position being offered and if they are comfortable with the organizational culture.
Conservative or religious people do not feel comfortable working with the opposite gender and coordinating closely on projects; furthermore, some individuals do not feel comfortable working as a subordinate with the opposite gender. On the other hand there are people who really like to work in a multinational environment, alongside individuals from different backgrounds e.g. different religions and ethnicities.
Organizations who promote gender equality and encourage open and professional communication between all employees are able to achieve more because of the high level of organizational communication and coordination. Such organizations have better relations with external parties (e.g. clients and vendors) as well.
Common Attributes of an Organization and an Individual.
- Learning, Aptitude and Risk.
For a person’s success it’s important to strive to gain hands-on experience and be willing to take risks and then learn through one’s own mistakes; similarly, organizations that focus on consistent learning and process-improvement are very successful.
As a case study I would like to quote an example of Systems Limited. This organization started by dealing in K2 SmartForm technologies and hired resources that strived to learn and were keen to take on new challenges. The determination and commitment of the organization and its employees to constantly improve themselves was the key factor that contributed to the success and growth of the company.
- Events, Rewards and Performance.
Organizational participation in various work-related and/or extra-curricular events and activities helps managers get a deeper understanding of people’s personality. Sometimes a supervisor is unable to understand a person while on the job, but through participation in different activities a supervisor can lead and guide his subordinates towards success. Rewards and recognition in the organization serve to build confidence and motivate employees to work towards achieving organizational goals.
Similarly an organization’s participation in inter-organizational competitions and platforms result in national and/or international recognition of the company. For example, PASHA awards is one such platform in Pakistan that allows companies to gain more recognition through software competitions and events related to talent hunts within the IT industry to let the students know about their career pathways.
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Systems Limited, or any other entity related to Systems Limited.