What does dispositions have to do with reaching success?
Definition of Disposition
Disposition means the positive or negative way a person views the world. In contrast, your character is determined by your inner moral values, and your personality reflects what you’re like as an individual. An animal with an excellent disposition is friendly towards people. If you are cheerful, you’re often said to have a sunny disposition. Disposition can also mean “getting rid of something,” so cleaning your room might involve the disposition of empty pizza boxes and soda cans.
Dispositions and careers
Whether you are a teacher, stockbroker, manager/leader or a sales clerk your disposition and those you interact with is important, it can set the tone for the day or the outcome of the project. One’s disposition/collaboration can make or break one’s success.
A teacher needs to be aware of all the students and their different personalities and dispositions as well as his/her own disposition. Are they in the position merely for money and summer off or is their real interest in molding and teaching students to be the best they can be by being encouraging. Teachers are in the position of power to develop our future leaders.
In the business, world leaders mobilize and work with others to achieve a common goal. They don’t merely set the goals but work with the lower echelon to identify the needs and develop a common purpose. Job competency is important, but it can be learned and have others in your command that can get the work done. The three critical disposition traits of a leader are influence, initiative, and imagination.
A leader with the imagination as a disposition sees into the future. They are future oriented thinkers. The initiative in a leader is that they are action-oriented. They are less worried about the outcomes and emphasize moving forward.
How would a leader be able to move employees or projects unless their disposition is one of influence?
Disposition and career change
Your disposition or attitude when you interview either by phone or in person is critical. My years in human resources taught me how to ask those questions that get at a persons attitudes. My advice would be to be sure to portray a positive image. Ask yourself questions about your disposition and attitude. If you met yourself, would you like you? How do you perceive yourself? How to others perceive you? How do you want to be perceived. If need be, hire a coach for a few sessions to help you answer those questions. Then fix what needs to be fixed. Embrace the things that make you who your are.
The positive dispositional traits bring about the greatest success. Contrary dispositional traits will hinder, slow or stop success.