Our reader poll today asks: What is your perspective on personality assessments like Myers-Briggs?
- They’re incredibly insightful and helpful tools. 19.3%
- They’re interesting and foster some good conversations. 52.4%
- They’re amusing, but I don’t use their results a lot. 14.1%
- They’re distracting and can be misleading. 7.9%
- They’re hogwash, and I wish we didn’t use them at all. 6.2%
It’s the conversation. 72% of you find value in personality assessments like Myers-Briggs with a note that they’re more about fostering conversations than generating deep insights. Be careful not to overemphasize the results of these tests and miss out on the point that they get people speaking the same language. That’s where respondents say the value lies. Also recognize that a large portion of respondents (28%) place no credence in the results. So before you rush out and conduct the latest and greatest assessment (or before you subject your team to yet another session on the same old ones), understand what you’ll do with the results and how you’ll use them on a regular basis to change the conversation. If you don’t plan on acting on them regularly, you should probably consider investing elsewhere.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.