A Publication of WTVP

According to a survey of the 40 Leaders Under Forty Class of 2008, 47.5 percent were the oldest sibling in their families, and 32.5 percent were the youngest. Fifteen percent fell into the middle-child category, and just five percent were only children. Does birth order really affect your personality traits? Several studies have attempted to answer this question.

Alfred Adler, the pioneer of the study of birth order, suggested that social relationships among siblings and between children and parents have an impact on the personality of each individual child. Here are some of the traits that contribute to birth-order personalities:

The firstborn is often the CEO, and the middle child is more likely to be the entrepreneur. But as seen with our 40 Leaders, one can be successful and make an impact in the workplace and the community regardless of birth order. iBi