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Personality at Work: The Drivers and Derailers of Leadership by Ronald Warren

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CHAPTER 9

Deference—The Right-Sider

We all know a Right-Sider: a loyal team member with an agreeable, easygoing, and accommodating nature, a person who willingly follows the lead of others and who treats others with consideration and tact. Twenty percent of professionals have a profile combining prominent Deference and Teamwork traits. These individuals do their work without making waves, and they contribute to the overall effort without craving the spotlight or needing to be the center of attention. Their unassuming, modest, and other-centric style can be a refreshing change in an all-too-frequently narcissistic world.

Right-Siders, in general, are much more willing to make sacrifices for the collective good than Left-Siders, who are more ...

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