Posts Tagged ‘dark side’

The Dark Side of Personality

November 20th, 2014

At Zircon, we pride ourselves on Talent Management, Consulting, & Assessment; directing our efforts to attract, select, recruit, and develop top-quality candidates to align with the strategy and business objectives of our extensive client base. A major avenue in attaining this goal is by understanding ‘personality fit’ – the fine alignment between a candidate’s combined qualities and the needs of our clients. By carefully evaluating the ‘fit’ of an individual, we provide the optimum calibration between client requirements and candidate skills. » Read more: The Dark Side of Personality

The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – “The Dark Sides of Personality”

September 6th, 2012

According to Geoff Trickey, Managing Director of PCL Ltd, current affairs and history demonstrate both bright and dark sides to personality. The bright sides are the “polished, social aspects” of our performance, the dark sides are the “raw social performance” that under pressure can be over used and over relied upon. » Read more: The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – “The Dark Sides of Personality”

Changes to the HDS Scale Names

November 11th, 2011

At Zircon we believe that understanding personality is vital to assessing and developing Talent and we use a number of personality questionnaires in order to achieve this. In a recent blog (“Zircon are bringing in a Strengths Tool to complement our Talent Model”) we reviewed how the personality psychometrics we use at Zircon fit with our model of Talent. One tool we considered was the HDS, which focuses primarily upon ‘dark sides’ that occur as a result of overused strengths. » Read more: Changes to the HDS Scale Names

Zircon at the BPS – Wessex Conference.

October 14th, 2011

Mood & Creativity – Surrey University Lecturer Paul Sowden

It was my first time at a BPS Wessex event and this particular one was held at Surrey University on the evening of 29th September 2011. There were around 100 Psychologists (Clinical, Counselling, Developmental and Occupational) in attendance, ranging from PhD students and Chartered Psychologists practicing in the market, to academic psychologists sharing their knowledge and research. » Read more: Zircon at the BPS – Wessex Conference.

The Zircon 6 Month Coaching Model

August 9th, 2011

Increasingly our Zircon Directors Dr Amanda Potter and Julie Lee are being asked by our clients to provide them with experienced coaches for the executive and senior managers. Our clients are also asking for a clearly defined programme of coaching over 3 or 6 months with review points along the way. The objective is the create leaders who are self aware and develop their » Read more: The Zircon 6 Month Coaching Model

The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – the “Dark Sides of Personality”

November 4th, 2010

According to Geoff Trickey, Managing Director of PCL Ltd, current affairs and history demonstrate both bright and dark sides to personality. The bright sides are the “polished, social aspects” of our performance, the dark sides are the “raw social performance” that under pressure can be over used and over relied upon. » Read more: The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – the “Dark Sides of Personality”

Challenge of Leadership

October 11th, 2010

Adrian Furnham, a Professor of Psychology at UCL presented an interesting speech on leadership derailment at the ABP Conference this year.  He captivated the audience whilst explaining why leaders derail at work and provided a though-provoking question… do successful individuals become narcissists or do narcissists become successful? 

He stressed that the failed business leader is a paradox because the characteristics that help you on your way up can derail you at the end. “This is a common problem amongst  many leaders who have demonstrated strengths which Belbin refers to as allowable weaknesses.” Adrian enlightened  listeners with research findings showing genders derailling in a different way, where  successful males  have a tendency towards psychopathology and narcissism and females  towards avoidance and hysteria. » Read more: Challenge of Leadership

The Pros and Cons of Measuring the Dark Side of Personality

July 16th, 2010

Rather than focusing only on leadership talents, research has also examined leadership failure and the reasons why leaders so frequently self destruct. Hogan states that this is due to a prevelance of the “dark side aspects of personality”. These darks sides are overused strengths under conditions of stress and pressure. The Hogan development Survey (HDS) measures 11 dispositions that are generally desirable, but flip under pressure if not managed well under pressure. For example, Confidence builds to Arrogance, and Diligence builds to Perfectionism under pressure. » Read more: The Pros and Cons of Measuring the Dark Side of Personality