A correlational study of event planners' personality traits, soft skills competency, and self-leadership
The over-reliance on technical and management (hard) skills in the event management industry can no longer be the sole means of developing the skill sets needed to deal with the diversity found in a global work environment. The quest for excellent interpersonal or soft skills is becoming more evident in any project-based or relationship-based industries. This quantitative explanatory study examined 3204 male and female certified event planners’ perceptions and the interrelationships among personality traits, soft skills competency, and self-leadership in the states of Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and California. Three online test instruments (the 40-Adjectives Unipolar Mini-Markers, the Event Planner Soft Skills Assessment, and the Revised Self-Leadership Questionnaire) collected data from three paired-set variables. The results from 288 completed responses revealed correlations at a 0.01 confidence level and confirmed all the hypotheses. Agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability were fundamental personality traits that led to event planners’ soft skills competency. Openness and conscientiousness showed the strongest overall correlation with the three strategies (behavior-focused, natural reward, and constructive thought pattern) in self-leadership. The positive correlation between event planners’ soft skills competency and self-leadership indicated as an individual’s self-leadership ability increases, his soft skills competency level heightens. Similarly, an individual who is less proficient in soft skills has a lower self-leadership capacity.
0703: Organizational behavior