There are so many personality tools out there, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start when choosing which one to use as part of a leadership, management or team development programme.  We thought it would be useful to do a bit of a comparison of the four most common.

DiSC is an excellent tool for understanding yourself and others.  It’s very straightforward to teach (allow a minimum of a couple of hours) and simple without being simplistic.  It works on two dimensions of personality and can be adapted to suit managers, sales people and customer service people as well as linking to a further tool on conflict. I love that it creates a common language around personality and it’s incredibly memorable.  To find out more go to www.everythingdisc.com

MBTI is one of the best known tools for understanding yourself and others and participants regularly have “aha” moments when learning about it.  It looks at 4 dimensions of personality, so is quite a bit more complex than DiSC and if you give it the time it deserves (at least half a day), then it can make a massive impact in teams and for leaders. There are so many applications for MBTI and resources are readily available. There is also Step 1 and Step II. Step II can be useful if you want to go deeper into the self discovery as part of leadership development.  To find out more, go to www.myersbriggs.org

Insights was the first personality tool Alison experienced and she has never forgotten her colour energies! It’s a simple and memorable 4 colour model which helps people understand strengths, weaknesses, their style and how they add value. It also helps us understand others and how they may differ from us. Like MBTI it is built on the foundations of Carl Jung’s personality theory and you can use it in a variety of ways for example to support teams, leadership development, presentation and sales skills.  To find out more, go to www.insights.com

Total SDI is a newer tool for us and we love it.  Like DiSC, it’s simple without being simplistic – its simplicity just makes it memorable.  It works at a deeper level than other tools, looking at what motivates us to do the things we do and really focuses on strengths, which is something we see less overtly in other tools.  Participants also see what motivates them under normal conditions and what motivates them when they are in conflict, which is usually a big lightbulb moment for people.  Unlike other tools, there is also a “hub” type which is basically a mix of all the others.  This is brilliant for people who,  like me, can feel too pigeon-holed by other tools to one type.

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