March 10, 2017

Personality Traits and Characteristics for Facilitating Creativity

Traits proposed by Torrance

Fluency, flexibility, originality, and ability to sense deficiencies, elaborate, and redefine

Reference: Scientific Views of Creativity and Factors Affecting Its Growth
Author(s): E. Paul Torrance
Daedalus, Vol. 94, No. 3, Creativity and Learning (Summer, 1965), pp. 663-681

Ellis Paul Torrance (1915-2003) developed  the TTCT (Torrance Test of Creative Thinking) uses simple exercises that test divergent thinking and problem-solving skills.

A full TTCT measures five attributes:

Fluency—the number the ideas a person can think of in a given period of time
Flexibility—the range of categories for the ideas participants came up with
Elaboration—the amount of detail in responses
Originality—the rarity of the idea
Openness—resistance to premature closure

1. Innovators normally have a clear vision about what they want to accomplish.
2. Innovators can clearly define the specific objectives and benefits of the emerging project or product.
3. Innovators can present their views effectively to persuade their peers or colleagues.
4. Innovators are capable of getting support not only from their superiors but also from their team members or colleagues.
5. Innovators are bold enough to take calculated risks and to face the unforeseeable impediments, difficulties or setbacks.
6. Innovators are capable of motivating and inspiring people into action, so that every team member
contributes significantly to the project and their cooperation or participation is total.
7. Innovators can influence or mobilize support and required resources to achieve the desired result.
8. Innovators can cope up with interferences such as criticism, tardiness, lack of corporate enthusiasm, disputes over allocation of time and other such resources for projects.
9. Innovators have the willpower to maintain momentum in spite of the decline in early enthusiasm and hard work of their team members.
10. Innovators are capable of ensuring the principle that credits or rewards of success are appropriately shared by the team members.


A chapter having very good content on the topic of personality and creativity   Number of lists of traits are given in this article.

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