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“Core Self-Evaluators” Make Better Employees


Successful employees are confident and justifiably so, according to a new study.

A decades-long study reveals that top job performers are wired for confidence¬† and possess something called “core self-evaluation,” according to psychologist Tim Judge.

Judge, who followed 12,000 individuals from their teenage years to middle age, found that successful employees and managers all have one capability in common: core self-evaluation, which he describes as the ability to evaluate accurately one’s own abilities, according to BusinessWeek. In other words, successful employees are confident, and justifiably so.

Judge and his colleagues have shown overwhelmingly that employees who feel like they control the events in their lives more than events control them and generally believe that they can make things turn out in their favor end up doing better on nearly every important measure of work performance. They sell more than other employees do. They give better customer service. They adjust better to foreign assignments. They are more motivated. They bring in an average of 50% to 150% more annual income than people who feel less control over the fate of their careers. Not surprisingly, these employees also like their jobs a lot more …

Research shows that people with high core self-evaluation perform at their highest levels in challenging times, and those with a false sense of core self-evaluation, such as “narcissists with fragile egos,” do not. The research suggests that strong core evaluation leads to “mental toughness” and makes for ideal employees in a recession.

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