I read this article when it was first published in September of 2013. It’s from Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group). I have read this article a good handful of times. He points out the importance of one’s personality and I agree with some of the points he makes.
Namely, ” Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality. If you can find people who are fun, friendly, caring and love helping others, you are on to a winner.” This has so much truth to it and I have seen it myself. I have been in an environment where someone may not posses all the skill but is quick and eager to learn. That same eagerness often leads to hard dedication to help you and your team thrive.
It’s a very short read, but let’s continue to dig into this article..oh here’s another right at the end of the article, “…’It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!'”
Excuse the language (it’s in the article–you can see for yourself in the citation below!) but there is so much truth to it. Sure we may be overworked and tired and need help and someone with the skills to help us keep on track with deliverables but imagine having a person with the “right” skills but the wrong personality. That’s not a winning combo. This person could likely meet defined tasks but not likely willing to unwind with the team or go above and beyond requirements of the job description. Better to find someone who will work well with your team and company culture than deal with headaches later on.
Those starting your career, do not underestimate your personality! It is what sets you apart and it is part of the flavor you contribute to your team. This is a shorter post than many others, but this article does most of the talking for me. Momma was right, just be yourself! Be confident (it’s true, it does show!) and be yourself and let your co-workers appreciate you for who you are.