Choosing a Personality Assessment

My experience facilitating personality assessment workshops led a colleague to suggest this blog. I have gathered information from different personality instruments to help you and your organization decide which instrument is best for you. The information is brief but it should give you a quick snapshot of each tool.

Consider asking yourself three questions:
1. Would you like to improve your personal and work relationships?
2. Are you interested in understanding what makes you tick and what makes you sick?
3. Would you like to improve your work performance?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should consider using a personality assessment tool.

Below are some of the most popular personality assessment tools:

True Colors
True Colors™ is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors™.

Each of us has a combination of these True Colors that make up our personality spectrum, usually with one of the styles being the most dominant.

The number one reason employees are dissatisfied or leave their jobs is workplace relationship struggles, especially with their direct supervisor or team leader – followed by a lack of communication, trust, appreciation and fair treatment.

The True Colors methodology has helped millions of people find personal success and dramatically improve their interpersonal relationships in these areas and beyond.

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Your StrengthsQuest journey begins with a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment has helped more than 5 million people around the world discover their talents.

After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you’ll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

StrengthsQuest is part of Gallup’s Education Practice. Gallup is a thought leader in education, and our research and insights inform discussions from local school boards to college classrooms to national debates. Experts in K-12 education, higher education, and community engagement work together to bring your school or campus the most effective answers to today’s most pressing issues.

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Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

The MBTI instrument sorts for preferences and does not measure trait, ability, or character. The MBTI tool is different from many other psychological instruments and also different from other personality tests.

The best reason to choose the MBTI instrument to discover your personality type is that hundreds of studies over the past 40 years have proven the instrument to be both valid and reliable.

Millions of people worldwide have taken the Indicator each year since its first publication in 1962.

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DiSC® is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. DiSC is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences. If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior.

The test instrument and the profile results are designed so that it’s easy to understand and recall your behavioral style and insights. The writing is engaging and the visuals are memorable. Facilitation resources are available to guide and reinforce learning.

DiSC assessments are extensively researched and time-tested. The publisher of DiSC assessments, Inscape Publishing, is committed to maintaining the highest standards of instrument development and application through careful research and development processes.

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Here are some benefits of personality assessments:

Individual Benefits
• Have a greater understanding of self and others
• Acquire better communication skills
• Create a harmonious, productive environment
• Choose from a wide range of certification materials
• Career Guidance

Organizational Benefits
• Improved morale
• Strengthened teams
• Better employer-employee relationships
• Reduced absenteeism
• Decreased staff turnover

All of these assessments are great tools. The biggest mistakes organizations make is never revisiting the information that has been provided. I have experience using all of these tools. I believe StrengthsQuest and MBTI are best for individual development and growth, and that True Colors and the DiSC are best for team development and relationship building. Determine what is best to meet your organizational needs.

Warning – Please be aware that many individuals and organizations have developed counterfeit personality assessments. I encourage you to research the individual, the organization, and the instrument prior to utilizing it.

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