Have you ever heard of personality type indicator tests? Several years ago, I worked for a company that took a unique approach to training their employees. They had an extensive human relations training program for all company management. After working for the company for a few months, I attended a series of classes to learn and understand personality type indicator tests. I attended two classes that were dedicated to the “True Colors” and Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type indicator tests.
What is a personality type indicator test?
A personality type indicator test is a questionnaire or other standardized instrument designed to reveal aspects of an individual’s character or psychological makeup. The first personality type indicator tests were developed in the early 20th century and were intended to ease the process of personnel selection, particularly in the armed forces. Since the early efforts of these tests, a wide variety of personality type indicator tests have been developed, notably the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the MMPI, and a number of tests based on the Five Factor Model of personality. Today, personality type indicator tests are used in a range of contexts, including individual and relationship counseling, career planning, and employee selection and development. (Wikipedia.org)
The purpose of personality type indicator tests is to explain the thought and action process of people with different backgrounds or genetic makeups. The tests usually categorize people. Some of the categories include: introvert vs extravert, leader vs follower, peacemaker vs aggressor, etc. These tests are designed to help leaders know how to work successfully with people of all different backgrounds.
Differences Between Each Personality Type Indicator Test
Terminology Each personality type indicator test is different. Although many of the tests use the same words for the classification types, the words/colors have different meanings. For example, there are different definitions of introvert and extravert depending on the test you take. One personality type indicator test defines an introvert as someone that gets their energy from being by themselves while extraverts get their energy from being around others. Another personality type indicator test defines an introvert as someone that wants to have the least amount of human interaction as possible with the extrovert being the social butterfly.
Classifications In addition to the various terms used to describe the personality types, each personality type indicator test looks at a different angle of a person. Some of the tests look specifically at how people view the world (thought oriented), while others look at how people approach and act in different situations (action oriented).
Personality type Indicator Test Benefits
The purpose of personality type indicator tests is to help identify how you think and respond so you can be a better leader. They are also aimed at helping you understand how others think and act. By knowing how others think, you can more effectively work with them so you are both successful. For example, knowing who are introverts and extraverts will help you to understand why they act the way they do in different settings like large group meetings, public speaking events, large conventions, etc.
One important factor to remember is that personality type indicator test results don’t necessarily determine that one person will be more successful than others, they just help you understand how people tend to think and react to given situations. People are fully capable of acting outside their “determined personality type”.
With so many different types of people in the work force, being a leader can be quite a challenge. As a leader, you are required to work with people from all backgrounds. Some may think exactly like you while others may think completely different from you. Personality type indicator tests are not perfectly accurate, but they are very useful for getting a general understanding of how different people think with different backgrounds.
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