Personality can be defined as an individual’s outer and inner characteristics that determine how one is perceived by others. It is the individual’s behavioral characteristics. Temperament and character comprise the two sides of personality. An individual’s temperament is a combination of the inherent form of human nature and a pattern of tendencies developed through environmental influences. An individual’s character is developed through the interaction of temperament and environment.
Temperament affects learning and teaching styles. Through awareness of temperament, we can develop a myriad of learning (and teaching) methods that will enable us to work to our fullest potential. We have the ability to change personality, temperament, and character. In order to be able to successfully solve problems and situations that may require specific learning styles, we must be able to balance our learning preferences with the development of alternative learning strategies. Temperament information can help us understand our learning styles or tendencies. We can use this information to develop alternate learning styles so that we can take control of any learning situation.
Temperament Information Could Be Utilized in an Organization Setting
Temperament information could be utilized in an organization setting by a Human Resource Development professional to form effective groups to better accomplish organizational tasks. Potentially, groups can outperform individuals in doing similar work, make better decisions because they generate more information, and are more productive because synergies develop. However, many factors such as group structure, the actions of the group leader, and diversity influence the performance of a group. Awareness, through temperament information, of the individual tendencies of each group member could assure that the team is working to their fullest potential.