Personality Assessments to Consider
These tools can be used to help people become self aware of their unique wiring and very helpful in helping them to understand how others are wired differently, not bad or good, just differently. This becomes a powerful tool when building a team and helping team to understand one another on the path to peak performance and communicating to one another effectively. Understanding how other people tick is a powerful component when bringing about change to any group of people.
The following highlights the benefits of some of the more popular assessments so you can consider which is a priority for you and your team.
Two Assessment Results:
STATE – These assessments provide you with an idea of your team’s state of mind as a snapshot, when the team was taking the tests. It reveals the levels of engagement and the attitude and mood of the team members.
TRAIT – These assessments uncover details about the competencies, strengths and skill levels of people, so that each one can be used most effectively in roles and responsibilities benefitting the team. This is about aligning people for action.
Which is Best for You?
StrengthsFinder focuses on helping people identify and leverage their strengths. Developed by American Psychologist Dr. Donald O. Clifton. 16 million people have participated.
The easiest way to take the test is to purchase the book, which not only provides feedback on what the results mean, but also gives access to taking the test with a special code in each book.
DiSC® is used by over 1 million people to enhance understanding others, improve communication and teamwork. The DiSC® model reveals 4 aspects in a person’s personality: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness. Each personality type has expected behaviors associated with each style.
This tool provides helpful information on how people are wired, leading to helpful understanding and appreciation for one another’s natural ways of interacting.
Access the test online.
Taken by more than 2.5 million people a year, the assessment is formulated from the work of Carl Jung. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) divides people into 16 distinct types, combinations of introverts, extroverts, thinkers, feelers, the judging or perceptive.
The result is your own 4 letter personality type that corresponds with your 4 dominant traits. Mine is ENTJ: Extraversion/ Intuition/ Thinking/ Judging.
This is a 20 minute, 93 question test followed by a 30 minute interactive learning session.
Check out what MBTI has to offer for individuals and teams as well as helpful videos for more detailed explanations of understanding the results.
In his book Living the Way You Were Meant to Live, Tom Paterson provides a framework called “Thinking Wavelength.” Paterson believes that people are hardwired from birth to think and perceive in one of the following ways:
Grinders are detail-oriented doers. They focus on one step at a time, knocking out detail after detail as they plow through lots of work.
Minders problem solve and keep the team on task as they effectively “mind the store.”
Keepers work well with others as they understand the strategic and operational needs at the same time. They can flex as needed, dealing well with variables and change.
Finders are entrepreneurial in spirit, loving change and innovation.
Conceivers are dreamers who thrive on the big picture and new ideas. They are bright and articulate, but weak execution and taking next steps of action.
For a detailed life plan built on Thinking Wavelength.
Each of these assessments can be valuable tools for increasing understanding and helping teams become more effective in communicating and more productive in achieving results without un-necessary drama.