Having the ability to establish credibility and to influence others is a critical skill set in todays workplace. Equally desirable is the capability to build an effective team, which requires gaining commitment and cooperation from your team members.
Personal growth and change in these areas often begins with an assessment of one’s behavior, communication and/or leadership styles. A few of the assessments we provide are described below.
Communication and Behavioral Style Assessments
Understanding your own communication and behavioral styles, and then learning to adapt your style to those of others for better understanding and communication, are foundational for the development of interpersonal skills.
Certain assessments can be completed online in 15 to 20 minutes. Other assessment tools may need to be scored and interpreted by a coach. Your personalized report, whether provided online or by your coach, will give you insights into your own customary style. A coach can provide you with an in-depth interpretation of style differences that will help you understand and adapt to others with whom you want to build and improve rapport. Such understanding and adaptation also helps to resolve or prevent conflict between the people in your work environment.
Assessment of Leadership Competencies
We also provide tools for assessing and developing leadership competencies. The use of one of these tools can help you better understand your behaviors in key dimensions of management and leadership. Whether you do an inventory yourself or ask others on your team to complete an assessment for you, these tools help you capitalize on your strengths, target development areas for greatest leverage, set goals, and get into action.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test developed by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, is one of the most widely used psychological instruments, with as many as 2 million administered every year. The MBTI was designed to identify significant personal preferences, following criteria described by Carl Jung in his work on psychological types. Understanding the differences between your preferences and those of others (for example, differences in strategies for decision-making) is key to effective interpersonal relationships as well as personal growth. The MBTI is used frequently in the areas of group dynamics, counseling, and management training.
Other Assessments to Develop Social and Emotional Skills
We also provide assessments to develop social and emotional skills. These tools range from the Enneagram, one of the world’s oldest human development systems, to assessments that have been scientifically validated as psychometric instruments. See EQ Coaching. Learn how you can be triggered by your job and the people around you. You can also learn to choose between an automatic, reflexive response and a more adaptive and resourceful response.