Psychometric Personality Tests
Effective Self-leadership is only possible with self-awareness of our personality or psychometric. To effectively lead people it is essential to understand how your ‘leadership style’ influences different personalities, and how different personalities interact in teams.
The word personality comes from the Latin persona, which refers to the masks once worn by actors to give clues as to the emotions driving their behavior. Today the term personality refers to the sets of predictable behaviors by which we profile a person. These sets of behaviors are known as types or traits and profiling tools are known as psychometric tests.
Personality profiling goes back 2400 years to Hippocrates. Hippocrates suggested that one’s persona is based upon four separate temperaments (Air, Fire, Earth, and Water). This was probably the first 4-box personality type profiles which are still popular today – you may have come across tools such as DISC (Marston, 1987), or Herman Brain Dominance.
Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, (1875 – 1961) categorized mental functioning into sensing, intuition, thinking, and feeling. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a 16-type indicator of Carl Jung’s Psychological Types (1940’s). MBTI has been one of the most enduring of the psychometric tests used by organisations.
The weakness of MBTI is that as a ‘Type’ indicator it assumes that people are one of opposites, they are either extrovert or introvert, there is no in-between. The majority of organisational psychologists and common sense, suggest that personality is a ‘Trait’ and is more like a sliding scale (standard distribution) where your personality can be at any point on the scale (1-10).
At Self Leadership International we use the latest Neuroscientific profiling tools developed by Dr. Nigel Guenole, of Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr. Colin De Young, of Personality Lab, University of Minnesota.
Perspectives measures the ten aspects of personality identified by De Young et al. (2010), and can be aggregated to form the big five, and the higher order personality dimensions of stability (alpha) and plasticity (beta).
Perspectives is a self-report inventory. It is 90-questions long, makes minimal reading demands, and can be completed in under 15 minutes. Reports can be generated instantly for selection and development purposes. We use Perspective for Executive Coaching and for Team Alignment Sessions.
Limits is a measure of a person’s least flattering personality characteristics, commonly referred to as ‘the dark side’ or ‘derailers. Designed to predict job performance and diagnose counterproductive behaviors that might interfere with interpersonal work relationships and might prevent a person achieving their work goals.
Limits measures six maladaptive personality traits associated with extreme scores on the Big 5 personality model, these are: Competitiveness, Reserve, Negative Emotionality, Disinhibition, Diligence, and Unconventionality.
The Limits Report highlight areas of high risk and provide probing questions and development recommendations.
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