I am typically a behind-the-scenes kind of girl. Pretty stereotypical of an editor type. I prefer to interview and photograph those with the story, not be at the center of the story.
And while I can stand in front of a large audience when I have something to say, it also makes me feel anxious and vulnerable.
I don’t prefer the spotlight and I would rather listen to you than talk about myself.
Except when it comes to personality assessments.
If you ask me what makes me uniquely me, I’m quick to offer an answer. Not because I’m impressed with myself, but because I strongly believe that being vulnerable with who I am is a gateway to building healthy, meaningful relationships.
I believe the same is true about you and the teams you lead. The more we understand ourselves and strive to understand each other, the stronger bridges we build to connecting with those who are different than us.
So, what about me?
I’m people-structured, and according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I’m an ENFJ (just barely an E. If in doubt, see above).
By DISC Profile standards, I’m an SC combination.
Prefer Strength Finders? My top five are relator, strategic, maximizer, responsibility, and discipline.
I’m also the color blue on the True Colors Personality Test, and I strive to be playful, engaging, affectionate, loyal, and courageous, the qualities of a counterphobic Enneagram six.
These assessments don’t determine my worth or tell me how to act. They simply describe who I already am. And with that clarity, I can better engage my inner self and the world around me.
But it’s not all about me.
Armed with the same information about my team, I seek to make sure that their roles line up with how they’re instinctively wired. For example, our best sales people are often “I’s” on the DISC, as well as the color orange. Great project managers are usually task-oriented and have some gold in their profile or show up as a “C” on the DISC profile.
The DISC and True Colors Personality Test do a great job of helping people know where they best fit. Does a person’s role fit their natural bent?
The Strength Finder and Enneagram tools are more advanced and lend in-depth information into how people will do their job and what motivates them.
The possibilities are endless, yet the outcome is clear. The more you know, and help your employees explore, the more engaged and productive team you’ll have.