If you work for a non-profit or social enterprise – or in another kind of service, for that matter – chances are you’re on the agreeable side.
This is good. This is why you do what you do.
But chances are also that you’re a little too agreeable to push yourself and your team as hard as you should to get things done, and get them done well.
Being 10% less agreeable might be uncomfortable, but it it will probably return more than a 20% improvement in Getting Stuff Done… and you’ll still be a very nice person.
Ask tougher questions. Expect more.
Seth Godin on Difficult Conversations
On (dis)agreeableness: whose you?
The Five Factor Model and the disadvantages of openness