There’s a creepy guy in our office building at work who has been regularly freaking us out for a few years now. All we know is that he doesn’t work in our company. He has some strange habits, not the least of which is a staring problem. For example, if you’re walking up the stairs while he’s walking down, he’ll all but trip and fall to twist his body 90 degrees to look at you once you pass him. If you’re REALLY lucky, you’ll get a short, squeaky “hi” as you pass. And it’s times like these that make me glad I’m a woman, because I’ve heard he’s got some wandering eyes in the men’s room, too.
We never see him with anyone in the hallways. He takes walks around the building’s parking lot on his lunch hour. As far as I know, there’s been no sighting of a cell phone, and his car is pretty nondescript. He’s always alone.
That leads me to believe he’s not in a position of leadership in his company. With severely lacking social skills, how could he possibly be a manager or, even more laughably, a CEO?
Personality & Success
While I don’t know for sure what position Creepy Guy holds in his company, I do know that personality has to do with how much success you have in life, both personally and professionally.
I think most of us would agree that you need to be personable, be able to communicate effectively and make hard decisions in order to move up in the professional world. If you’re a hothead, unless you’re pulling in a ton of money for your company, you probably won’t be finding your way up the corporate ladder anytime soon — or you may find yourself on the unemployment line instead.
Examine Your Personality
If you’re antisocial, you’re definitely going to have a problem gaining and maintaining employment. You need to get out there and go on interviews in order to get a job. And most positions require interaction with others, whether they be your co-workers or customers.
If you’re introverted, perhaps you’re not making as much of a splash in the office. You’ll likely be passed over for promotions and your earning potential could be severely limited.
If you’re the type who has severe social awkwardness, don’t count on climbing the corporate ladder. You need to be able to make (and maintain) social connections. Think networking.
But if you’re a true go-getter who likes to “make things happen,” this tends to bring you success. A heaping helping of strong work ethic and the ability to get along with others — and not use them or walk all over them — are the keys to success.
We can all make changes for the better when it comes to personality. While I don’t advocate being downright fake, sometimes you need to finesse your interactions with others at work or in personal relationships in order to make more meaningful connections with others. Who knows — maybe you’ll be up for that promotion thanks to a change in the way you present yourself, or you’ll get along better with your co-workers, making for a more pleasant working environment.