WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAR. 27, 2015
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Your Order of Birth Can Determine Your Chance of Success

Birth order is considered to have an impact on your personality and psychological development. These factors can bring challenges into your daily workplace environment and negatively impact your job performance if you don’t properly manage your behavior. Your birth order impacts your personal perspective on the world you live in. This article will address the four basic types of birth order and whether or not this factor is negatively impacting your work performance.

See also: Emotional IQ and Job Performance [infographic]

Only Child

Two major characteristics that only children exhibit are their propensity to take on leadership roles and be independent. Only children have an inclination to develop more quickly and communicate more easily with adults due to the amount of attention they can receive from their parents. Additionally, these children generally have a larger vocabulary and have a tendency to pay more attention to their work projects. Only children gain more self-confidence and often have a distinctive perspective on developing their imagination. Independence and reliability are two other traits that only children quickly develop.

  • Negative Impact: Only children need to learn how to accept help when needed and how to develop their teamwork skills. Additionally, these individuals need to work harder at developing their people skills which are vital to growing and developing in the workplace. The last negative impact only children can have on their jobs is that they don’t easily admit their mistakes and they take their failures too personally. Becoming tolerant of themselves and others in the workplace can go a long way in positively impacting them at their jobs.

Firstborn

Firstborn children have similar character traits as only children. However, a firstborn has a tendency to be even more of an over-achiever than an only child. Firstborns take charge of the situation and basically create a culture in the home for younger siblings to follow. Generally, there are extremely high expectations that parents have for their firstborn children. This factor can cause the firstborns to learn how to lead and delegate. These children tend to focus intently on their work and like to follow a set plan of action. Additionally, they are generally more reserved when interacting with other people.

  • Negative Impact: One of the factors that can have a negative impact on a firstborn’s job is their tendency to be controlling of others and work projects. These individuals must learn the art of how to effectively compromise and seek positive resolutions to negative workplace conflicts. Additionally, firstborn children need to expand their perspective and become more tolerant of different types of people in the workplace.

Middle Child

The middle child learns early on how to compromise. These children have to deal with an older sibling in a leadership role and a youngest child being more spoiled. One of the advantages of being a middle child is that the individual knows how to become a better team player. This factor positively impacts the individual in the workplace. Middle children generally like to live in peace and harmony within their relationships, and their personal and professional environments. Middle children tend to find favor with managers because they know how to work well with others in the workplace and comprehend the importance of being an effective negotiator. These individuals tend to be unbiased in their perspective and know how to effectively encourage others.

  • Negative Impact: Middle children can fall through the cracks due to their tendency to help others more than helping themselves. It is good to help others, but these individuals need to learn how to develop their drive to succeed. Additionally, they cannot please everyone, even though they desperately want to. Middle children must develop a healthy, realistic approach to relationship building—knowing that conflicts will happen.

Youngest Child

With regard to the youngest child, this individual is generally more carefree and is less accountable than older or middle children. Due to these factors, the youngest child tends to allow other people to take the lead. These individuals must learn how to tame their wild, carefree side so that people will take them more seriously. Another factor of a youngest child that can have a positive impact on their job performance is an innate creativity and risk-taking spirit. These factors can lead to some awesome innovation in the workplace.

  • Negative Impact: In the workplace, youngest children have a tendency to need more guidance in completing work projects. Additionally, these individuals have more work to do with regard to developing people and teamwork skills. As mentioned above, risk-taking can be a benefit in the workplace. However, it can also negatively impact their job if too many risks are taken without proper risk management. These individuals also need to learn how to effectively develop decision-making skills that can lead to positive impacts in their job.

See also: How to Improve Your Job Performance

Understanding your birth order can make a positive impact on your job performance as you learn how your innate behavior and tendencies drive you. As you better understand yourself, you will make positive impacts in the workplace as you more effectively interact with colleagues. What birth order are you? Is it positively or negatively impacting your job performance?

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