Personality at Work: The Role of Individual Differences in the Workplace

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Chapter 7

Ability, biography and sex differences at work

A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.

Anon

Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.

J.M. Clark

It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability.

F. La Rochefoucauld

You don’t have to be intellectually bright to be a competent leader.

Sir Edmund Hillary

A woman who strives to be like a man lacks ambition.

Anon

The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary energy, intelligence, ambition, aggressiveness. All these factors go into the primordial capitalist urge.

D.M. Moynihan

Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgement.

Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The true leader is always led.

C.G. Jung


7.1 INTRODUCTION

What is the best predictor of work satisfaction or productivity: demographic factors such as sex, age and class; biographical factors uniquely associated with each individual, such as whether they grew up in the town or country, or

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