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How would you describe your leadership style? Better yet, do you know why do you lead the way you do? There is one simple thing you can do gain deeper insight into your natural leadership style – and it’s simple:

Take a personality test.

Understanding your personality.

The difference between so-so leaders and great leaders is self-awareness. Sure, you can gather details about yourself through introspection, but management style is so hard to put your finger on. A personality test provides a qualitative analysis of your personality and an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, temperament, and leadership style.

It also arms you with the knowledge and insight you need to:

  • Develop leaders, managers, teams and HR expertise
  • Relate to others with greater understanding
  • Identify gaps in the team
  • Support people through life transitions
  • Improve and change culture

When you know what motivates and energizes you, it helps you to seek opportunities that best suit you. This insight also helps improve your relationships with others. The more you recognize your own tendencies, the better you’re able to monitor and control your behavior around others.

Understanding your employees’ personalities.

As managers, understanding our employees’ personalities is such as important as understanding our own. When you know the personality types of those around you, you can better adapt your management and communication style so that it works for each member of your team. People thrive when the culture bends to fit different communication styles and recognizes the unique strengths and talents of individual members.

By better understanding your employees’ personality types, you can hone in on the leadership skills that will make your employees thrive. For example, you can brush up on management approaches for extroverts versus introverts.

Choosing a test.

You’ve probably run across a number of personality tests online and on social media that are designed purely for their entertainment value (i.e. What is Your Dog Personality?). When it comes to the workplace, one of the most widely used and respected tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI).

MBTI is a personality type tool that is based on research by psychologist Carl Jung. Katherine Briggs and her daughter, Isobel Briggs Myers, expanded on Jung’s theory to identify a total of four pairs of opposing psychological elements, including introversion (I) versus extraversion (E), sensing (S) versus intuition (I), thinking (T) versus feeling (F), and judging (J) versus perceiving (P). These four pairs combine to create 16 different personality types, such as INFP or ENTP. Once you’ve determined your type, you can then explore your personality more deeply and learn how you can better use your strengths.

Several options are available for those who want to take the test. If assessing personalities in the workplace is an extensive initiative within your organization, it may be wise to have someone become certified to administer and interpret MBTI assessments.

When you know what makes you – and others – tick, your world changes. It leads to greater self-acceptance and helps you value the differences of others. Take a personality test today and you’ll be one step closer to better understanding yourself and the members of your team.