Using Personality Tests to Find Your Strengths

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Getting to know ourselves helps us with being able to have everything we want in our professional and personal lives. All we know is what we know. That sometimes make its harder to communicate what we need or understand what our co-worksers or friends and family need. There are so many different ways we can understand ourselves better. I have pulled some of the most popular personality indicators for you to try.

CliftonStrengths (formally known as StrengthsFinder)

CliftonStrengths was created by psychologist Donald Clifton. He created the test to learn what qualities top leaders have.

The test takes about 30 minutes to complete. You’ll get results that tell you the strengths you have under the categories of strategic thinking, relationship building, influencing and executing.

Who its best for: people that want to be better leaders in the workplace, those that want to know more about their strenghts, people that looking for their next career move.

The results: you’ll get a list of your strengths in the CliftonStrengths 34 Report. This will help you understand the best role for you in your work and your approach to that role.

Cost: The cost is around $39.99 or you can get a free code with the purchase of the Strength Finder 2.0 book.

Human Design

Human Design was created by Alan Krakower. It tells us how we are naturally wired to work and communicate with co-workers, parents and partners.

It is based off of your exact time of birth, date you were born and place of birth. You get a chart that shows you your energetic blueprint.

Who its best for: anyone wanting to have better relationships but first understanding how they react to situations.

The results: there are five energy types; Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector and Reflector

Cost: You can generate your map for free but typically need someone. tohelp intrepret it.

Enneagram

Enneagram is a personality test that puts people into nine different personality types. Each one has core motivators, fears and internal dynamics.

Who its best for: those that want clarity on their individual core beliefs to better understand their motivations and fears.

The results: you’ll get a number from 1-9 which will give your personality traits.

Cost: there are several free test online. You’ll get basic results and need to pay if you want a deeper look.

DISC

This is one you’ve probably taken at some point in your life. It gives you one of four personality types and is based off of the work of psychologist William Moulton Marston.

Who its best for: those that want to understand thair strengths and have better team work.

The results: there are four personality types; drive, influence, support and clarity. You’ll get your scores for all 4 types to help you and your team work better together.

Cost: there are several free test online. You’ll get basic results and need to pay if you want a deeper look.

Isabel Briggs Myers’ 16 Type Test

This may be the most commonly known test. In fact, my daughter just told me that she took this test at school recently. This popular test gives you a set of 4 letters determine your personality.

Who its best for: anyone that wants to know how their personality type influences their life. 

The results: you’ll have a series of 4 letters that will classify you into one of 4 broader categories; analyst, diplomat, sentinal and explorer.

Cost: since this is such a common test there are several free resources out there.

Conclusion

You can try one, many, or all the test. They each have their own little spin and can create insight into how you navigate how you work within a team, and make decisions in your personal and professional life.