Recently, I had to take a personality assessment for a training session that I’m involved in at my job. I HATE these things. I feel like the questions are SO targeted and leading that the results are often, for me anyway, pretty similar. Basically, I could have told you what your test was testing for a while ago.
I took the DISC assessment and the results came to me in PDF report form. I loved it.
This, my friends, I could NOT have written better myself.
Lauren is often considered daring, bold and gutsy. She is a risk taker who likes to be
seen as an individualist. She prefers being a team player, and wants each player to
contribute along with her. Nothing bores Lauren more than the status quo, things
becoming routine and people always agreeing, or pretending to agree. She seeks her own
solutions to problems. In this way, her independent nature comes into play. Lauren tends
to have a “short fuse” and can display anger or displeasure when she feels that people are
taking advantage of her. Some may view her as being stubborn and opinionated. She
views it as the price you must pay for success. She may try to “explain” her stubbornness
in positive terms. She wants to be seen as a winner and has an inherent dislike for losing
or failing. She tends to work hard and long to be successful. She may lose interest in a
project once the challenge ceases. She may then be ready for another challenging
project. Lauren can be successful at many things, not because of versatility but rather
because of her determination to win. She exudes self-confidence and exemplifies an
individual who is not afraid to state her case or present new and creative ideas.
Lauren prefers authority equal to her responsibility. When faced with a tough decision,
she will try to sell you on her ideas. Sometimes she may be so opinionated about a
particular problem that she has difficulty letting others participate in the process. She finds it easy to share her opinions on solving work-related problems. Lauren should realize that at times she needs to think a project through, beginning to end, before starting the project.
She has the unique ability of tackling tough problems and following them through to a satisfactory conclusion. Sometimes she becomes emotionally involved in the decision-making process.
Lauren is influenced by people who communicate with a logical presentation of the
facts, impressed by the apparent efficiency involved. She challenges people who
volunteer their opinions. She may lose interest in what others are saying if they ramble or
don’t speak to the point. Her active mind is already moving ahead. She tends to influence
people by being direct, friendly and results-oriented. Lauren has the ability to ask the right questions and destroy a shallow idea. Some people may feel these questions are a personal attack upon their integrity; however, this is just her way of getting the appropriate facts. She likes people who present their case effectively. When they do, she can then make a quicker assessment or decision. She likes people who give her options as compared to their opinions. The options may help her make decisions, and she values her own opinion over that of others!
This lead me to want to retake the Meyer’s Brigg personality assessment.
I am an ESFJ which means I am a provider:
Providers take it upon themselves to insure the health and welfare of those in their care, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions such as schools, churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Providers are very likely more than ten percent of the population, and this is fortunate for the rest of us, because friendly social service is a key to their nature. Wherever they go, Providers happily give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success.
Highly cooperative themselves, Providers are skilled in maintaining teamwork among their helpers, and are also tireless in their attention to the details of furnishing goods and services. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of dances, banquets, class reunions, charity fund-raisers, and the like. They are without peer as masters of ceremonies, able to speak publicly with ease and confidence. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, knowing everyone by name, and seemingly aware of what everyone’s been doing. Providers love to entertain, and are always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to make sure that all are involved and provided for.
Friendly, outgoing, neighborly – in a word, Providers are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to Providers, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries. In addition, Providers show a delightful fascination with news of their friends and neighbors. If we wish to know what’s been going on in the local community, school, or church, they’re happy to fill us in on all the details.
Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate themselves, they need to be loved in return. In fact, Providers can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given ample appreciation both for themselves personally and for the tireless service they give to others.
William Howard Taft, Barbara Walters, J C Penney, Ray Kroc, Louis B. Mayer, Sam Walton, Dolley Madison, and Dave Thomas are examples of Provider Guardians.
I’m married to an ENTJ — A rationalist field marshal– who’d have thought!
What did you score on Meyer’s Briggs? Did you think it was close to your own assessment?