Why Personality Trumps Skills In The Search For Tomorrow’s Talent [Infographic]

Why Personality Trumps Skills In The Search For Tomorrow’s Talent [Infographic]

Hyper Island's new research report shows what companies and businesses are looking for in the leaders and workers of the future.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 2 april 2014

Global learning institute Hyper Island has just released the findings from an international survey that focused on what businesses, companies, and organizations look for in tomorrow’s leaders and workers.

The survey collected the views of over 500 professionals in the fields of communication, tech, and business development. The respondents were a mix of leaders – CEO, managers, and directors – and regular workers. The survey focused on trends, businesses challenges, readiness for the challenges, and the competencies needed to overcome these challenges.

According to the results of the research, personality is the most desirable quality in an employee, and not necessarily skill-set. Seventy-eight percent of the respondents gave personality a top rating. Thirty-nine percent selected skill-set, while 53% chose cultural alignment.

Hyper Island talked about the results of the survey in a post on their website in which CEO Johanna Frelin commented, “What we found most compelling about this research is how clearly it highlights that personality, not competence, is the determining factor of who’s going to get the most attractive jobs among tomorrow’s recruits.” She also added that companies and businesses look for people who have the required skills, can collaborate, adapt, and have the drive to accomplish things.

The results of the survey also revealed that finding, keeping, and developing the best talent is one of the industry’s biggest challenges.

The research was conducted with the help of Edelman in Stockholm, Sweden, and was done in a three-month period in 2013.

Check out the infographic about the results of the research below.


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