Having observed the business world closely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve noticed a significant shift in the type of personality traits that are contributing most to success in the corporate realm. Before the pandemic, corporate success often favored individuals who were assertive, keen decision-makers, and adept at navigating in-person dynamics. Yet, the shift to remote and hybrid work models has recalibrated the scales of what we perceive as valuable traits. Here are the key traits that I have observed as being crucial in the new working landscape: 


  1. Adaptability: As businesses grappled with the seismic changes induced by the pandemic, the ability to adapt emerged as a fundamental trait for success. I’ve observed that individuals with a natural inclination towards openness and flexibility found it easier to navigate these uncertain waters and reorient themselves in the changing tide.


  1. Emotional Intelligence: The shift to remote work made it more important than ever to understand and manage our own and others’ emotions effectively. In my observation, people displaying high emotional intelligence often had an easier time maintaining team morale and fostering a positive remote work culture.


  1. Self-Motivation and Discipline: The need for self-motivation and discipline became starkly apparent as we moved into remote work settings. Individuals who displayed traits associated with conscientiousness, such as thoroughness and dependability, seemed to thrive more in this environment, remaining productive and efficient despite the lack of direct supervision.


  1. Communication Skills: With face-to-face meetings becoming a thing of the past, effective communication skills, especially in written form and virtual settings, have gained significant importance. I’ve observed that employees who can effectively convey their ideas, actively listen to others, and ensure all team members feel heard and understood have become invaluable assets to their organizations.


  1. Collaboration: While physical distance might have seemed a barrier initially, collaboration still emerged as a key ingredient of success. It became clear that employees who could work effectively within distributed teams were invaluable, helping to nurture a culture of collective success despite the challenges of distance.


  1. Resilience and Stress Management: The added pressures of the pandemic and remote work made it evident that resilience and effective stress management are more important than ever. Those employees who demonstrated the ability to bounce back from setbacks and maintain a balanced perspective in the face of adversity were instrumental in ensuring business continuity.


  1. Introversion: In an interesting turn, the remote work environment provided a stage for more introverted individuals to shine. These individuals, who are often comfortable focusing for extended periods and working independently, seemed well-suited to the demands of remote work. Their tendency to listen and reflect before speaking became a powerful tool in virtual meetings, promoting more thoughtful and effective communication.


My observations of the corporate world during the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed a significant shift in the traits that contribute to success. Adaptability, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, effective communication, collaboration, resilience, and introversion have risen in importance. But remember, as the situation continues to evolve, so too may the traits that are most valued. Adaptability and flexibility remain crucial, regardless of the circumstances.