Personality Traits of an Officer and a Gentleman

Professional  ability  in  general

Difference between profession and job may not seem to exist for many of us. If you were to ask a layman the difference between a profession and a job, he might think of both being the same, whereas there is a lot of difference between the two words. A job is a small part that comes under a profession. A profession has more value than a job. Whatever the difference, always remember that these two terms are interrelated. Once you understand that a job is something that comes under a profession, then the confusion between profession and job will disappear. Professional competence is the broad professional knowledge, attitude, and skills required in order to work in a specialized area or a profession. Disciplinary knowledge and the application of concepts, processes and skills are required in a test of professional competence in any particular field. This demonstrates the use of available resources to identify facts and terms and in the performance of required procedures. The application allows the performance of tasks, procedures and job related processes with confidence and competence. The application of concepts, skills and processes produces a product or a project in the professional arena. This application allows the accomplishment of a specific purpose related to the field of expertise.


When you show initiative, you do things without being told; you find out what you need to know; you keep going when things get tough; and you spot and take advantage of opportunities that others pass by. You act, instead of reacting, at work. Initiative has become increasingly important in today’s workplace. Organizations want subordinates who can think on their feet and take action without waiting for someone to tell them what to do. After all, this type of flexibility and courage is what pushes teams and organizations to innovate, and to overcome competition.


Being reliable is an important building block in the foundation of your life. We have all experienced, reliable and unreliable people. We admire the reliable, and avoid the unreliable. So how do you become a person worthy of admiration? A reliable person forges deeper relationships. Relationships are built on trust; without them, they wither and die. Being reliable builds that trust; your friends and loved ones know that they can count on you to keep your word, be there when you will say you will be, and do what you say. They feel secure that you’ll be the same person day after day, no matter what happens.  An unreliable person can be capricious with their heart, showing people affection one day and then becoming remote the next. They can be patient with your weaknesses on one day, and rageful at the slightest provocation the next. Reliable people receive much less supervision and are given greater responsibility over time. People come to depend on him or her to get the job done, even if given the roughest outline of what needs to be done. Reliable people live with confidence, integrity and clear consciences. They keep their promises, and obligations.  Not only can other people count on them, but a reliable person can count on themselves. This breeds the courage and confidence one needs to take on greater challenges and adventures.

Zeal  and  Energy

Zeal is strong interest or devotion. It is intense enthusiasm, or fervour. Zeal is a strong energy and immense passion behind something. Zeal is a great energy or enthusiasm to pursue a cause or objective.  Zeal often feels like you will burst if you do release this passion and eagerness for this cause. Over the last 20 years studies in medicine, have proven that those with passion and zeal seem to live longer, be healthier and feel younger. With modern medicine and the use of quantum mechanics, which is a fundamental branch of physics, the studies showed under a microscope that ZEAL can change the molecular structure of your cells and therefore influence your health. Moreover it’s found that patients whom were active and passionate about a cause seemed to be less ‘sick’ and their pain threshold was higher than those that had no enthusiasm.

Moral Standard

Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness.” Different systems of expressing morality have been proposed, including ethical systems which adhere to a set of established rules, and normative ethical systems which consider the merits of actions themselves. An example of normative ethical philosophy is the Golden Rule, which states that: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”


 Tact and diplomacy are methods used to aid effective communication, especially during negotiation and when attempting to be persuasive or assertive. Using tact and diplomacy appropriately can lead to improved relationships with other people and are a way to build and develop mutual respect, which in turn can lead to more successful outcomes and less difficult or stressful communications. Tact and diplomacy are skills centred on an understanding of other people and being sensitive to their opinions, beliefs, ideas and feelings. Effective use of such skills comes from being able to sense accurately what another person is feeling or thinking at any given time and then responding in such a way as to avoid bad feelings or awkwardness, whilst at the same time asserting or reflecting your own ideas and feelings back in a delicate and well-meaning fashion. All people and all communication situations are unique.  Developing effective tact and diplomacy skills requires practice and good judgement.  These skills are not limited to use in formal communications, such as in the workplace: tact and diplomacy are also important when developing and maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and relationships in the family.


“Determination” and “belief” are the two major operatives here. You must be “determined” to be cheerful and you must “believe” that your cheerfulness or happiness largely depends on you and not on your circumstances. Some view cheerfulness as a personality trait or part of one’s temperament. It might be more meaningful to view cheerfulness as an acquired trait, a habit of the mind. Though our thoughts, perceptions and interpretations are mental actions, they do manifest themselves in our physical actions and outward expressions. Your cheerfulness would reflect in such external things as your speech and facial expressions. So if you are a person of cheerful disposition, others would notice it right away. Cheerfulness has a social value. A cheerful face is one of the best forms of greeting-makes the other person feel welcome and appreciated. It makes them feel good about themselves and is rewarding to the person who initiates the greeting. Once fully developed, the cheerful temperament can stay with you forever. In fact, if the emotional development has progressed satisfactorily through the various phases of the life cycle, cheerfulness should increase and not decrease during the senior years. Only the people who have been cynical and negative throughout their life tend to become grumpier.


We live in a world where selfishness seems to be the rule of the day, and personal gain the objective of most relationships and endeavours. One of the most honourable character traits a person can develop is the ability to be loyal. Loyalty is the ability to put others before yourself, to stick with them through thick and thin, and to look out for them. Whether you’re struggling to be loyal to someone who’s special to you or curious about what exactly it means. True loyalty isn’t blind obedience. No-one anyway should want to be around a ‘yes sir, no sir’ lapdog who doesn’t question your decisions. True loyalty is making heartfelt commitments and acting in the best interests of others. It’s staying faithful in the face of adversity and misfortune. It’s being there not when it’s convenient for you, but being there for someone when they need you. Its sacrifice and I guess that’s when you really do find who your true soul-mates are.

Social  Attributes

Sociability traits are comprised of a set of interpersonal skills and personal characteristics that help you get along with others. Possessing sociability traits means that you are friendly, outgoing, courteous, tactful and diplomatic. You seek pleasure and fulfilment from your relationships. Sociability traits are important for your overall well-being and can enhance your work experience. Leaders in the workplace need to be able to communicate effectively, with diplomacy and tact. If you want to get ahead in your career, you’ll need to show enthusiasm and get along well with others. People without sociability traits might run the risk of being seen as unapproachable or disinterested in working as a team member, which can negatively affect your leadership ability. Being sociable means that you have a friendly, open and considerate attitude toward your co-workers. You display warmth and interest in others, which might make them more receptive to you. Most people don’t enjoy being around those who are negative, mean or inconsiderate. You might be more likely to enjoy going to work if you know that your subordinates are happy to see you.

Power  of  Command

Managers and leaders at all levels in organizations struggle with getting things done through others. They will often ask such questions as: “What can I do when someone who’s otherwise a strong performer has not followed through on a delegated task?” “What do I say to a team member whose negativity seems to be dragging everyone else down?” “How can I get a subordinate who has excellent ideas to speak up when we’re trying to solve problems?”  Here’s how one frustrated leader put it: “What I want from others is performance. I just want them to do their jobs! In the end, I look to them to carry out their roles and responsibilities and not to leave it to me to complete tasks left unfinished or to mend tattered relationships. And, on a given workday, I want to be able to tackle the tasks that I set out for myself and not to have to set them all aside while I clean up other people’s messes!”

Force  of  Personality

 It means that he was very forceful in projecting his personal attributes that make up his personality. Perhaps he was humorous, persuasive, articulate or demonstrative in showing his knowledge and mental skills. According to the theory behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, everyone has a natural leadership style that correlates to their personality type, as determined by preferences for Introversion versus Extroversion, Sensing versus Intuition, Thinking versus Feeling, and Judging versus Perceiving.

General  Bearing  as  a  Leader

Bearing is the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control. Suggestions for improvement: To develop bearing, you should hold yourself to the highest standards of personal conduct. Never be content with meeting only the minimum requirements. Always maintain your bearing, as you are always being observed and never lose your cool. It’s important to always act as if you are in control. Maintaining your bearing is more than just keeping up appearances. It’s a reflection of your mental discipline and how much you control your mind and soul. If you break your bearing, you just showed that you couldn’t keep your mind and emotions in check. If you cannot do that during regular times, what will happen when you’re faced with extreme stress or fear?

Manner  to  Subordinates

There is no room for ambiguity in people’s assessment of you as a manager who treats people with fairness. Treating people with respect and dealing with everyone in a fair and open manner are just two essential requirements for success as a manager. If you have ever worked for a senior who plays favourites or, who treats people with different standards of accountability and performance, you understand how destructive this approach is to morale.


Intelligence has been defined in many different ways including one’s capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can be more generally described as the ability to perceive information, and retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviours within an environment or context. Intelligence is most widely studied in humans, but has also been observed in non-human, animals and in plants. Artificial intelligence is intelligence in machines. It is commonly implemented in computer systems using program software. Within the discipline of psychology, various approaches to human intelligence have been adopted. The psychometric approach is especially familiar to the general public, as well as being the most researched and by far the most widely used in practical settings.


Alertness is the state of active attention by high sensory awareness such as being watchful and prompt to meet danger or emergency, or being quick to perceive and act. It is related to psychology as well as to physiology. A lack of alertness is a symptom of a number of conditions, including narcolepsy, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression, or sleep deprivation. Pronounced lack of alertness can be graded as an altered level of consciousness.

Reasoning  power / judgement

The psychology of reasoning is the study of how people reason, often broadly defined as the process of drawing conclusions to inform how people solve problems and make decisions. It is at the intersection of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, logic, and probability theory. Psychological experiments on how humans and other animals reason have been carried out for over 100 years. An enduring question is whether or not people have the capacity to be rational. What does it mean to be rational? Current research in this area addresses various questions about reasoning, rationality, judgments, intelligence, relationships between emotion and reasoning, and development.


Adaptability means being flexible when things change. An adaptable person is one who is open to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects. Versatility is your ability to adapt. It’s your aptitude. People with adaptability are both flexible and versatile. Of course, our level of adaptability can be stronger in some situations than others. For example, we tend to be more adaptable at work with people we know less, and less adaptable at home with people we know better. In addition, research shows that people view themselves as more flexible and versatile than they actually are. That’s because we all aspire to those behaviours, and we judge ourselves on how we intend to act as well as on how we do act. But unfortunately, our actions don’t always match our intentions. Another reason for the gap between our ideal versus our actual level of adaptability is that it’s not easy. That’s why it’s also important to know the characteristics that undermine your ability to adapt—the negative traits that undermine your adaptability.

Organising  Ability

Good organizational skills means being able to see the whole picture – how everything needs to work together to complete a project, or organize an office, or manage a group of subordinates. A person with good organizational skills can walk into a situation and immediately see what could be done to improve a situation, a setting, or a project. Organizational skills can be classified into physical, mental and time management organizational skills. Physical organizational skills include all the measures that make a person’s immediate surroundings neat and conducive to accomplishing tasks in a structured manner. Mental organizational skills consist of the skills that help an individual make sound decisions, prioritize and concentrate on the task to deliver high-quality, desirable results. A person needs good mental organizational skills to avoid distractions and confusions in the course of discharging her mandate. Good time management organizational skills involve keeping schedules, delegating duties and working within limited time frames to achieve a particular objective. A time-conscious person is usually results-oriented and meets strict deadlines. Other organizational skills include the ability to work under little supervision, good interaction skills and the ability to make sound decisions quickly.


Knowledge or sound judgment into a future event that may or may not occur. A person can develop a sense of foresight through current knowledge, past experiences with similar situations, or simply through intuition. Vision has been among the most coveted and discussed leadership qualities of the past two decades. This much sought-after trait allows leaders to guide their organizations by creating meaning and purpose. When applied strategically, this translates into practical plans and meaningful work. Attaining this critical skill often comes through the use of foresight. This does not mean guessing about the future or forecasting current trends. Foresight means identifying relevant opportunities that are emerging and strategizing how to make the most of them today.


 Cooperation is the most pervasive and continuous of the social processes. It is an integrating activity and is believed to be the opposite of competition. In reality, however, it is conflict rather than completion which is the opposite of cooperation. Cooperation generally means working together in the pursuit of like or common interest. Cooperation is “the continuous and common Endeavour of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished.”

Power  of  Expression

Communication is speaking well.  This means that you are able to express yourself in a way that others can understand exactly what you mean.  If you feel there will be some kind of mistaken information or miscommunication, you should have the ability to change how you are saying something so that you are clearer in your direction.  Good supervisors and managers know how to use their leadership skills to influence and motivate others.  Team members and staff rely on those in the leadership positions to encourage them to get the job done and to direct them how to do it right.  They should know that their leaders are willing to listen to them and cooperate with them.

Source:   Skimming through the World Wide Web.


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