Do You Know What Kind Of Person You Are?


What Kind Of Person Are You?

Your task today in the 31 Days to a Less Stressful Life Challenge is to complete a personal development questionnaire.

Becoming more self-aware is an important part of managing stress. In particular, understanding the kind of organisation you’re best suited to, and your preferred way of working will help you to avoid stress building up in the future.

There are a lot of online questionnaires you can complete. I've made a list of some of the ones which I’ve used below. Some are free and some are paid for.

Free Questionnaires

  1. Performance Programs — A series of questionnaires including strengths and engagement assessments.
  2. 16 Personalities — identify which of the 16-personality types you are (includes country-specific data).
  3. Personal Growth Initiative Scale — the PGIS is a self-report instrument that yields a single scale score for personal growth initiative. Personal growth initiative is a person's active and intentional involvement in changing and developing as a person.
  4. Life Effectiveness Questionnaire — a freely available self-report tool to assess life effectiveness and for measuring changes in personal development as a result of intervention programs.

Paid Questionnaires

  1. Myers Briggs  Type Indicator — uses the Myers Briggs personality type mentioned below.
  2. My Self Questionnaire — provides a comprehensive assessment designed by Saville Assessment who are strong on career development.
  3. MBTI — another variant of the Myers Briggs tool.

Make an investment in yourself to build your understanding of how you work at your best and your preferred way of engaging with the world around you. It is a good stress prevention strategy. Doing so is one of the more obvious ways that you start to take responsibility for changing the way your life is currently functioning.

Knowing what you preferred thinking style is, and understanding how that interacts with other people's styles is a powerful skill to acquire. It can help you to manage situations which would otherwise be baffling of anxiety provoking.

Some years ago I took the step of properly digging into my Myers-Briggs profile. I'm happy to share with you that I'm an ENTP — that's extrovert, intuitive, thinker and perceiver. My profile means that my preference (somewhat simplified) is to think out-loud, often in a big-picture way and I enjoy puzzling problems out and generating ideas.

A nightmare, I know.

My Preferred Way Of Working

Understanding this is my preferred way of interacting with the world came to my assistance when I was struggling with a new boss. Each morning I'd come in and meet the night team and get a download from them about the night's activities. 'How busy were we?' I'd ask and 'how did we cope?'

When it was time to meet my boss I'd share the news with him. I could see he was dissatisfied with my report but I couldn't work out why. After a week or so I began to feel he was losing confidence in me. It was then I realised that he was a strong sensor where I was a big perceiver. He needed to see the details of the night's activities, not receive my big picture summary.

Without the details, he wasn't convinced I was on top of the job.

The following day my report was very different. It was bristling with numbers and specific details. I could literally see him start to relax as I went through my report.

Without an appreciation of my type and how it could interact with his type, I might have found myself out of a job.

I've found Type Talk by Otto Kroeger to be a fantastically useful aid. It's a clear and helpful guide to understanding your type and how it works with other people.

Have a go at the questionnaire below. This simple tool will identify which kind of organisation would suit you best. It looks at whether you're happier working in a hierarchical organisation or a more informal one.

Today's Challenge

Complete at least one of these questionnaires and spend some time reflecting on the results. What might you do differently with these insights? What further inquiries could you make to learn some more about how you prefer to work?

Which Questionnaire Was Best?

Share which questionnaire you find most useful so that other people can make use of your experience.

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