Everyone that you interact with throughout your professional career (and throughout life, for that matter), has a specific personality type that drives the way he or she thinks, makes decisions, and acts.
When you’re collaborating as a team, understanding your own personality type — and the personality types of your team members — can help immensely. It will help you improve team collaboration and work together with your colleagues on a level that is productive and efficient for everyone.
In this post, we’re going to look at five online assessments you and your colleagues can take to discover more about yourselves and how your personality types affect the collaborative environment.
Before you get started
Take a look through all of the assessments here before choosing which one (or ones) are right for you and your team — you don’t have to take all five! That said, as someone who took all five assessments, I learned something new from each one.
Taking the assessments is a valuable experience in itself. Even before you get the results, you’ll learn a little more about yourself just from what you notice while answering the questions.
Also, don’t be thrown off by the length of time each of the assessments suggests it will take to answer all of the questions.
While 100+ questions may sound like a lot, the questions are easy to answer since there are no wrong answers or answers that you will need to research. If you stick with your first reaction on each question, you will most likely get through them in half the time specified or less.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
There are lots of different quizzes, assessments, and tests that you can use to determine if you are an INFP, ESTP, or one of the other 16 personality types. But this assessment — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for $49.95 — is the official one recommended by the Myers-Briggs Foundation.
Why is this a great assessment for individuals in a team setting? The report you receive will summarize your personality type in a sentence or two, then go into details about your values, characteristics, how you interact with others, and how you work.
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The Clifton StrengthsFinder
The Clifton Strengthsfinder assessment by Gallup identifies your unique set of talents and natural gifts.
The goal is to see how these talents can be utilized as strengths to increase your productivity, performance, and engagement in business and in life.
Gallup offers different packages to choose from. Individuals can choose to identify their top five strengths using the $15 assessment, or to identify all 34 strengths using the $89 assessment. The reports will detail each strength’s general definition and how the strength makes you stand out.
The complete assessment for all 34 strengths comes with a digital, personalized copy of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book, which walks you through how to use their strengths in all areas of their lives and identify strengths within others.
You’ll also get a strengths-based action planner for steps to take to develop yourself personally and professionally.
The DiSC Profile
The DiSC Profile (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness) is a personal assessment tool designed to help professionals improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication through a non-judgemental analysis of personality and behavior.
It is designed to help people understand themselves and adapt to others in work, sales, leadership, and other relationships.
This assessment is primarily used by businesses of all sizes and in all industries to help build better teams, develop effective managers, improve customer service, and help with conflict management.
Depending on your current position, you can choose to assess yourself with a general workplace profile, management profile, leaders profiles, or sales profile.
Each assessment, ranging in price from $35.95 to $89.95, comes with a full report you can use to learn more about your DiSC traits and how they are applicable to your current position. It will also include information about people with other traits so you can learn how to get along with others on your team.
The Enneagram Type
If 16 personality types or 34 strengths sound like a lot, the Enneagram may be for you. The Enneagram Institute offers an assessment to determine which one of nine personality types you identify with based on a scientifically validated assessment.
The Enneagram Type is based on every person having unique points of view, sets of values, communication styles, and ways of solving problems.
You and your team members can choose to take the short, free assessment or the full-length, independently validated test for $12 that comes with detailed descriptions of your top personality types.
Once you know your type and your team member’ types, you can use the institute’s section on Enneagram in Business to learn what each personality type brings to the professional table.
With the full-length assessment, you get a summary of how you fit with the nine personality types, as well as a detailed analysis of the top personality types that you fit into.
The Color Code
Last but not least, the Color Code is a personality assessment that looks at how you do things and why you do them, breaking everyone into four color groups based on their base motivations: reds (power), blues (intimacy), whites (peace), and yellows (fun).
The Color Code can help teams that feel they are having trouble with utilizing each team member’s talents, putting people in the right places, valuing diversity, communicating clearly, and helping each other to succeed.
You and your team can choose to get a free basic analysis or the full, detailed analysis for $39.95 that comes with a 14+ page report about your strengths, limitations, and bonus materials for personal development.
With your Color Code results, you’ll get specific tips on interacting with team members who have different personality types.
Discover who you are as a team
If you want to learn more about the individuals who make up your team, be sure to give one or more of the above assessments a try in your workplace.
The results will drive new insights, help people learn more about themselves and their colleagues, and open the door to better communication, teamwork, and collaboration.
Are there other personality assessments that you’ve found useful in the workplace? Let us know!