Proactive leaders know their strengths and are very aware of their weaknesses. Do you have some super introspective powers that help you figure that out for yourself? Maybe, but most of us need help. It’s tough to look at yourself from an unbiased perspective and even tougher to get complete honesty from others.
Personality tests are the best way for leaders to get unbiased and honest answers. There are a ton of options out there. Some paid tests backed by reliability studies and even some great free versions are available. Here are a few tests we recommend.
The Best Tests to Discover Your Personality Strengths and Weaknesses
1) Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological approach to personality. This test results in one of 16 personality types, titled with four letter combinations like INFP or ENTJ. You can find the full version here. I recommend this alternative from 16Personalities.
2) StrengthsFinder 2.0
This test and the accompanying book aim to help you “do what you do best every day”. The StrengthsFinder 2.0 allows you to discover your top 5 strengths and provides hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths to your everyday work life and beyond.
3) The Kellar Influence Indicator
This test is specifically directed at leaders. The Kellar Influence Indicator scores you on topics like commitment, confidence, courage, passion, and trustworthiness. You can even take a free trial and learn your commitment score here. What is your influence potential?
These tests are often complex so it is recommended that you only take them with someone who is certified in interpreting and explaining the results. You can often find a certified consultant from any website the test is provided.
Personally, I highly recommend the Myers Briggs and StrengthsFinder tests. The Myers Briggs gave me an idea for who I am (INFJ) and why I do the things that I do. The StrengthsFinder book was helpful in a whole different way. The test told me my top 5 strengths are empathy, responsibility, intellection, learner, and restorative. And the book showed me how to apply those strengths every day and taught me to develop them rather than trying to fix shortcomings.
Whether you want to learn what kind of a leader you are, where your strengths lie or how influential you will be all of these tests will prove helpful to any business owner. Knowledge is power. Learn your strengths and weaknesses. Learn how you work best and play off your strengths.