The world is moving in a different direction, experience and knowledge are gradually losing their relevance in the work places. With the increasing emphasis on social skills, those who lack them might find themselves out of place within a short time.

There are a lot of otherwise intelligent people out there who can’t stop shooting themselves in the foot. Sadly, their lack of self-awareness and social skills are massive detriments to their careers. It is obvious that in the world of today, social skills and self awareness are responsible for efficient job performance. So many people draw back their careers due to lack of the basic social skills required. The categories of people who are easy targets to failure include:

THE COWARD: Cowards are quick to blame others and cover up important mistakes and fail to stand up for what is right. Fear is a dream killer. Failure to stand up for what you feel is right and beneficial is going to hold you back from success.

THE ARROGANT:  Arrogance is false confidence, and it always masks major insecurities. Arrogant people are a waste of your time because they see everything you do as a personal challenge. Arrogant people tend to be lower performers and more disagreeable and to have more cognitive problems than the average person.

THE TEMPERAMENTAL: Some people have absolutely no control over their emotions. They will lash out at you and project their feelings onto you, all the while thinking that you’re the one causing their malaise. Temperamental people perform poorly because their emotions cloud their judgment and their lack of self-control destroys their relationships. Be wary of temperamental people; when push comes to shove they will use you as their emotional toilet.

THE VICTIM: Victims are tough to identify because you initially empathize with their problems. But, as time passes, you begin to realize that their “time of need’’ is all the time. Victims actively push away any personal responsibility by making every speed bump they encounter into an uncrossable mountain. They don’t see tough times as opportunities to learn and grow from; instead, they see them as an out.

THE GULLIBLE: For whatever reason, gullible people go with the flow until the gentle river becomes a tumultuous ocean. It’s okay to negotiate your salary, it’s okay to say no and it’s okay to question the way things are done. You’ll earn a lot more respect if you stand up for yourself when the time is right.

These attributes are not necessarily career deaths, a little self awareness and self development is what you need to improve your personality and productivity.