When’s the last time you thought about your personality ( I mean really thought about how you show up in life)? For the psychologist, the analyst, and/or the introspective, the idea of understanding more of who we are and how we behave is intriguing and informative. Hence, the personality assessment. There are a number of great assessment tools and most of them will get you closer to the answers you want, depending on the question, the need and the use. But there is one that stands out, we think, not because it’s one of the most well-known and most widely used, but because it’s the only personality assessment that provides you with a plethora of information about you and your teammates and how you approach work.
There are many other assessments that we respect, admire and use. There’s DISC, Compass Points, True Colors and Strengths Finders. If we had to claim a favorite, that title goes to the Myers-Briggs (MBTI). The test has been associated with Psychologist Carl Jung. What many people don’t know is Myers and Briggs are actually a mother and daughter pair who were fascinated by typology. In fact, Mama Briggs says this data saved her marriage! As a community psychologist, I have found that the more people understand each others’ motivations and preferences, the more they are willing to lend a helping hand and use their strengths in a way in which all can make a contribution to the task at hand.
Here’s Why we STILL love the Myers-Briggs:
1. It’s easy to take and understand.
2. It gives individuals clarity around your behavior and approach to life and work.
3. There are several free and accurate assessments online:
4. You are able to get a clear picture of an entire team and identify strengths and gaps – and support each other!
5. It gives a team language to address missteps and make quick course corrections based on team dynamics.
An NT on your team will bring the data, the hard facts.
An NF will ensure everyone’s feelings and needs are taken into account.
An ‘E’ will get the party started and is always willing to be a host.
An ‘I’ will urge us to slow down and process information beyond talking about it.
A ‘J’ will keep you scheduled and planning ahead.
A ‘P’ will be ready to go when everything you planned goes wrong and will not skip a beat.
When you gather as a team and organize yourselves by each preference, a great deal is revealed about how things get done (or don’t) and who might be a cog in the wheel or the fuel in the engine. HTI Catalysts have facilitated many retreats and team-building sessions in which teams saw themselves in new ways and often had conversations that led to major shifts on how they work to maximize execution for all.
Give it a try. The first step won’t cost anything but your time — and may lead you to save time in the long run.