Conscientiousness = Priorities + Discipline. Your decisions reveal your priorities. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. Building a company is hard, and it requires self-leadership. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule but to schedule your priorities. During orientation, Dr. White spoke about the one trait that studies have shown that separates successful founders from the rest; conscientiousness. Conscientiousness influences behavior, and conscientious people are very dependable and well-organized; they can exercise self-discipline and self-control to pursue and ultimately achieve their goals. Traits of Conscientious people:. Achievement-Oriented: They frequently excel academically, professionally, and even in sports. They constantly aim for excellence in whatever they do. Pragmatic: weigh all the information before making decisions. Before acting, they frequently evaluate circumstances and balance their options. Dutiful: usually trustworthy and has a strong sense of moral responsibility. They keep their pledges and uphold their obligations even when difficult or “something better has come along.“ This trait is critical for integrity and accountability for any leader. Orderly: typically well-organized and prefer schedules and rituals. describe themselves as self-starters and organized, making lists and usually on time. Self-Disciplined : Even when circumstances are challenging or unpleasant, they frequently persist. This is sometimes referred to as tenacity or having grit, which is strongly related to diligence and self-control. In addition, despite distractions, a conscientious person can maintain attention and stick to the task at hand. Prone to Self-Efficacy: When someone is conscientious, they frequently have unwavering faith in their capacity to accomplish their objectives and find success. They frequently have a strong sense of self-confidence in their skills and abilities and a strong desire to see things through to completion. Conversely, those with low conscientiousness scores frequently feel ineffective. They often think they have no control over their lives, which manifests in a lack of control.