By Calvin Gower, Trüpp.
Studies have shown that assembling unique personalities to form a diverse team in the workplace has a huge upside of bringing a more holistic perspective, but it comes with an increased potential for communication breakdowns and conflict. To prevent this, savvy employers make use of assessment tools that can provide awareness and practical techniques for leveraging these differences to create cohesion and synergy. As team members gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their teammates, and how to communicate with each other, team chemistry is elevated to a higher level, yielding more robust solutions without all the strife. Here’s a high-level look at three of the most widely used behavioral assessment tools.
The DiSC assessment helps increase self-awareness, providing insight on how one responds to conflict, key motivators, causes of stress, and how one goes about solving problems. The purpose of this behavioral assessment is to gain a deeper understanding of an individual’s DiSC profile and consider others’ DiSC profiles to facilitate working with one another more effectively.
Here’s a breakdown of the four DiSC components:
- Dominance: Emphasis on accomplishing results, the bottom line, and confidence
- Influence: Emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, and relationships
- Steadiness: Emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, and dependability
- Conscientiousness: Emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, and competency
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers to make the Jungian model of psychological types understandable and more useful on a practical level. The MBTI identifies an individual’s preferences on four different continuums. The combination of these preferences places them in one of 16 personality types.
The 16 personality types are determined from the following preferences:
- Favorite world: Extraversion or Introversion
- Information: Sensing or Intuition
- Decisions: Thinking or Feeling
- Structure: Judging or Perceiving
Strengths Finder is about discovering what an individual naturally does best, and in turn, learning how to further develop key talents. This test is categorized into four domains or themes that describe how individuals and teams use their talents to work with information, influence others, and build relationships.
Here is a breakdown of the four domains:
- Strategic Thinking: Make better decisions and create better outcomes
- Executing: Turning ideas into reality
- Influencing: Take charge, speak up for self and others if needed
- Relationship Building: Hold a team together
When your team members have a basic understanding of each other’s personality types, communication styles, and approach to problem-solving, they stand a greater chance of working together cohesively. These tools provide a structured method for gaining insight into your teams make up. Find the behavioral assessment that works best for you and implement it with your team to see how easy it can be to increase synergy, reduce conflict, and increase collaboration and productivity in your organization.