Psychometric Instruments can be used to support personal and team development and also as an aid to effective recruitment. I am qualified in the use of a range of instruments, but there are two which I find most useful.
For the recruitment and development of leaders:
The CPI 260 (California Psychological Inventory®) is a sophisticated personality assessment that provides deep and complex insights for use in executive recruitment and leadership development. Using a sophisticated technique to extract detailed insights about someone’s personality, it is able to summarise and explain how other people would see that person, and how others would judge their leadership style. In this way, it provides a unique view of leadership ability or potential that cannot be accessed by most other personality assessments. It is particularly useful in:
- Measuring work-related characteristics, motivations and thinking styles
- Giving feedback on how the individual measures up against 18 leadership competencies, showing which are their strengths and development areas
- Looking at individual motivation and current level of satisfaction
Because of the way it is designed, it can deliver information about a person that is less obvious, or of which the respondent themselves may be unaware, ensuring that a recruiting manager or executive coach is able to really get to know their candidate or coachee. This approach also means that the tool is highly resistant to faking, as the questions are not obviously related to the qualities they measure.
I use this instrument for leadership coaching, personal and senior team development and for recruitment.
For teambuilding and personal development:
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is the world’s leading questionnaire for measuring personality type, offering an easy-to-understand but sophisticated way of defining personality differences . It provides the foundations for a deep understanding of personal motivations, helping users to achieve not only greater self-insight, but also greater understanding of others, facilitating improved team working and group interactions.
It is particularly useful in:
- Encouraging team members to understand and appreciate different strengths and relate to each other with greater understanding
- Identifying strengths and weaknesses and forming the basis for a personal development plan
- Improving communications and developing emotional intelligence
- Supporting career development.
I offer teambuilding workshops using Myers-Briggs and also use it where appropriate to support coaching programmes for personal development.