Sixteen Personalities claims that you can “get a concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do, for free.” In other words, what’s your type?
As one who uses assessments to support personal and professional development, I’m always cautious about labels. Yet, 16 personalities provides an accurate tool to help summarize strengths and give tips for navigating relationships, strategies, organizations, and complex challenges. And, it is free.
The foundation of “16 Personalities” is the MBTI, the Myers & Briggs Assessment. I’ve taken the MBTI multiple times, given it to others, and heard many stories of people taking the assessment. Most of my conversations about the MBTI go something like….”Oh, yes, I think I took that…I think I’m and I or an E or something like that”. It’s a good start, as the assessment does help identify where you get your energy as an I= introvert or E=extrovert. Yet, I’ve always wondered how could we make the results stick better.
16 Personalities names 16 types with images and titles that are memorable. Are you a Mediator? Campaigner? Defender? Commander? Their website gives accessible language for naming and activating your type. You can even sign up for little newsletters that helps you leverage your specific type for navigating challenges, building relationships, and resolving conflicts.
Assessments create curiosity and conversation. In the best of worlds, these conversations result in teams with greater energy, performance and resiliency.
I invite you to try the 16 Personalities Assessment. Follow up with a conversation with a friend, colleague or family member. What did you learn about each other? How can you use that knowledge to enrich your relationship? Where can you create a connection with someone who has a different personality than you? How can you leverage this knowledge to make a difference in your community?
I even invite you to decorate a pumpkin in your personality type this year. The Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens is leading the way with blue, green, turquoise, and gray pumpkins. Clearly, not all pumpkins are orange!