Book by Tulsa Psychologist Links Personality with Workplace Success, Failure

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Psychologist Robert Hogan of Tulsa recently published the book Personality and the Fate of Organizations, which links personality traits to people's success and failure in the workplace.

Hogan was a psychology professor at the University of Tulsa and at Johns Hopkins University for more than 30 years, and he has developed several personality-assessment programs used by businesses for pre-employment screening. Hogan offers his personality assessment tests through his Tulsa-based company, Hogan Assessment Systems.

The book is intended to explain the nature of personality and how it affects all aspects of organizations.

Leadership and managerial performance are a direct function of a person's personality, Hogan said. In turn, they directly influence the effectiveness of organizations.

Hogan, who received his doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, said he wanted his book to be nontechnical and easy to understand. He was quick to point out that it's not a self-help book, saying his purpose is not to enhance self- understanding.

My goal is to increase the reader's ability to understand other people - how they are alike, how they are different, and why they do what they do, Hogan said. …