I love personality tests.
A manager has to be self aware. Tests are a super easy starting point for you to find your strengths, but as equally important, your weaknesses. See, I tell every manager/leader I train that you have to lead by example. This is really easy to do when talking about your super hero strengths, but when it comes your blind side, well, that’s a different story.
My top three reasons to love personality tests…
- You can get an insight into the how of you. I recommend taking Myers Briggs. This gem of a test tells you how you get your energy, how you intake information, how you make decisions, and how you perceive the world. That is a ton of information packed into one little test.
- Once you know how, you can begin to understand your shortcomings. Then, you can surround yourself with people who can mitigate your weaknesses. I always hated that part on reviews where I had to work on my weaknesses. Why work on your weaknesses when you can just hire others who have that strength?
- You can give these tests to your team! Oh the power of knowing what makes your team tick…if you know this, you can create a wickedly high performing team.
Take the tests, learn something, have fun.