updated - April 25, 2019 Thursday EDT
How can your individuality boost your chances of being successful in the tech industry?
In an executive study, professional digital training provider Hyper Island discovered that employees who have impressive character prosper more in the tech arena, rather than those with exceptional technical skills with no personality chiefly because of three reasons.
Values are universal. Corporations are in search of ambition, resourcefulness and adaptability in employees because these are ingrained to a person and won't get obsolete as technologies change overtime.
According to the aforementioned report, "the development of tech is so fast right now and there are no signs it will slow down. So skills become outdated very fast."
Personality is critical to collaboration. The tech industry is teeming with demanding projects that require team effort to reach success. People who want to thrive in this collaborative environment must not only be skillful, but also flexible, pleasant and fun to work with. Indeed, evolution scientist Charles Darwin was spot-on when he once said that the toughest and the smartest creatures are not the most likely to survive, but the most flexible to change.
Powerful personas boost a company's image. People who have powerful characters mold and influence how people view an organization from a distance. For instance, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg's powerful irreverence to known corporate norms made working for the companies that they found look cool and attractive.
Humanity is an enduring asset. In a corporate space filled with machines, codes and other artificialities, there's an immeasurable hunger for anything that would remind people that they are made of flesh and bone. Those who exemplify these values while being technically adept succeed more because more employees look up to them. These powerful individuals become more effective managers and leaders because people naturally follow them.
"These prominent individuals can be enormous assets for companies, humanizing them, giving people a personality to associate with companies that can otherwise seem monolithic and inhuman," Re/code said.
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