What is Your Personality?
As I mentioned in my previous blog on small wins, I have been more focused lately on management techniques and their impact. During this quest, I have found that insight in your own personality and those around you is key to becoming a better subordinate as well as a better manager. Personality is defined as “the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character”. Your personality is also the basis of your behavior, it is the groundwork of how you work and act. If you have the insights in your personality and of those you are working with, you will know their strengths and weaknesses. Also, you will gain insight in the best way to be approached or approach others. It will help you with establishing the best work environment for you and those around you. There are many personality tests out there. This blog is about my favorite free test that I found online and how to apply this new-found knowledge.
I am going to start of with the test that I have found most useful and accurate. It is the 16 personalities test, which you can find via this link. The test is based on the model of Carl Jung, developed in the 1920s. He based it on four very distinctive ways that people act:
- The interaction with others, whether you are an extravert or introvert,
- Collecting and gathering information, whether you prefer finding information by means sensing or intuition,
- The use of information in problem-solving, whether you solve a problem by thinking or feeling, and
- The manner of decision-making, whether you decide based on judging or perceiving.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has placed these differences on four scales. Each scale associated to two opposite terms. The capitals of these terms form your personality type, which can be any of the 16 options that this creates (2x2x2x2).
The 16 personalities test uses 100 questions, to score you on these four different scales. By finding the dominant terms to describe your personality, they are able to match you with one of these 16 personalities. They also categorize these 16 personalities in four groups: the analysts, diplomats, sentinels, and explorers. Once you know your personality, they offer you lots of material on the strengths and weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, parenthood, career paths, and workplace habits of your personality. Also, they show you some celebrities and series/movies characters that share this personality with you.
Insights is one of the other personality tests based on Jung that I have heard great things about. However, this is by no means a free test. If you would like to know your color in order to compare with the results of those who already did the insights test, then this online document shows the insights role that matches.
Why I Am Impressed With the Test
I was astonished by the results and nearly couldn’t believe how accurate this test was. I am a Virtuoso, having a ISTP personality. Some of the key points that were striking for me were:
- “Often mechanics and engineers, Virtuosos find no greater joy than in getting their hands dirty pulling things apart and putting them back together, just a little bit better than they were before.” Well, I became an engineer.
- “Virtuoso women are especially rare, and the typical gender roles that society tends to expect can be a poor fit – they’ll often be seen as tomboys from a young age.” For those of you who knew me growing up, there was a long period that I wanted nothing more than to be a boy.
- “Virtuosos explore ideas through creating, troubleshooting, trial and error and first-hand experience.” I love learning by doing, which has frustrated my boyfriend more than once trying to fix one of our appliances or something like that.
- “People with the Virtuoso personality type struggle with boundaries and guidelines, preferring the freedom to move about and color outside the lines if they need to.” There is literally nothing more important to me than to be independent and freedom to do whatever I want. Whenever someone tells me I MUST do something, I tend to get somewhat rebellious.
- “Virtuosos’ desire to explore and learn new things is invaluable in many areas, including their own personal growth.” Well, this blog is an outlet for Liona and I to share our passion to learn new things and work on personal growth.
Personally, I share the same personality as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones.
Also, you can use the personality type to google away. For instance, I found this site where you can find the plant that best represents your personality. Mine is a cactus, being “adaptable, independent, wide-reaching roots”. Fun fact, I acquired a Cactus last September that sits on my desk at the office. Also, I always assumed I was a “blue” person. Checking the document I mentioned before, ISTP indeed matches the “blue”/“Observer” personality.
Using Your Personality Insights
Here, are a few ways I have and plan to use my personality insights to become a better version of myself. Even before having done this personality test, I was quite aware of my need for a little wiggle room in order to do my best at work. By explicitly sharing this insight with my management, I was able to create a work environment that allows me to perform at my best. This test has given me the insight that my sense of humor may not be for everyone. Of course, I have already had some experiences with people that were not that amused. But I never realized that some people might be much more sensitive and less charmed.
Liona has previously blogged about how to use these insights within a team., which you can find here. Liona’s test results showed that she is a ENFP. If you look at our teamwork, we make an implacable team if I may say so myself. We both share a love and curiosity for personal development. By combining her brainstorming talent and communication skills and my practical and rational approach, we have been able to create content for #careerlions for nearly a year and a half now. Where Liona can overthink and have the occasional panic attack, there I am calm in a crisis (which no one ever suspects) ready to rationalize. When I get into another impulsive action, Liona is there to put things in perspective and guarding the relevance for our mission. Plus, we both work best with a minimum set of rules and independence, meaning we also don’t restrict the other.
What is your personality? Is it as shockingly accurate for you as it was for me? And how do you plan to use these insights to perform at your best? Share it with us in the comment section below.