Can Personality Tests Lead to Happier Workplaces?

By: TSP Blog | @TSProckstars


TSP co-founder and president Rick Skaggs, co-founder and vice president Frank Gonzalez, and CFO and vice president, Keith McElwain, have worked closely together since 2003. They get along easily, work together daily, and know each other well. But even though they have a lot in common, when they took personality tests together, their results couldn’t have been more different from one another.

The three key TSP leaders achieve continual balance, especially when it comes to making big decisions for the company. Even though the way they think and approach problems can be different, their strengths compliment one another. Taking a personality test didn’t directly change their group dynamic, but it did help them give one another a little extra consideration when their differences came out.

Personality tests aren’t perfect pictures of who we are, but they can give us some information about who we are and how we relate to others. They can also give people extra confidence in their way of doing things, refine inclinations toward passions and talents, and help us build stronger relationships.

What is a personality test?
Personality tests are designed to ascertain someone’s behavioral style. There are no right or wrong answers, and each test is different. TSP’s leadership team most recently took the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, which is one of the most common tests used for the workplace.

Personality tests can help us see ourselves more clearly.
We all have innate needs, and personalities tend to be the evolution of our various internal inclinations and requirements. For example, though introverts enjoy time with others, they often retreat to recharge. Extroverts, on the other hand, are refueled by lots of time with lots of people. If an introvert tried to live exactly like an extrovert, they would be exhausted, and an extrovert living like an introvert might feel lonely and bored. When we understand more about who we are, it’s easier to make better choices about how we can work most productively and eliminate unnecessary stress. Personality tests may show us things about ourselves that help us break negative patterns and improve the way we work.

Personality tests can help us understand one another better.
It takes a long time to truly get to know someone, and even those we are closest to can continue to surprise us. A personality test won’t deliver a complete picture of who someone is, but it can offer insights into why certain people are more likely to cooperate or clash. For example, different personalities may have different communication styles, so planning meetings with a good blend of personalities may help the meeting run more smoothly.

TSP leaders have great natural intuition when it comes to cooperating, working together, and making big choices that everyone can agree with. They each have different styles, which only makes the team stronger. Personality tests don’t dictate what we do, but the results were interesting and helped our team function that much better.

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