It turns out that conscientiousness is the one trait most strongly linked to work-place success.
What is conscientiousness, you ask? Webster’s dictionary defines conscientiousness as, “the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact.” A common synonym for conscientiousness is “awareness”, but being conscientiousness entails having a greater level of understanding and dedication to something as well.
One who is conscientiousness is also efficient, neat, organized, systematic, careful, deliberate, and driven. The fact that for one to be conscientiousness he must entail so many positive characteristics is why the term reflects so positively on those who exhibit it.
In short: Conscientious people are those that always do what they’re expected to do.
Conscientiousness people tend to perform well not just at work, but in many other areas of life as well. Conscientiousness people are more likely to find jobs, live longer, sustain marriages, and live happier lives in general.
Whereas conscientiousness people are destined for success, creative people are more likely to fail. A survey of students with high GPA’s showed a universal lack of creativity. This makes enough sense; high-profile employees like Doctors and Politicians are rarely rewarded for their sense of creativity. Instead, people in those jobs are graded on their attention to detail and reliability.
Likewise, whereas Conscientiousness is a measurable term, creativity is subjective. One can be highly creative without ever producing the content to back it up. The “creative” slacker is a stereotype for a reason.
The lesson that should be taken from this info is obvious: People who reliably produce good work tend to succeed more than those that don’t.