Determining the Personality type of individuals is very important in establishing their strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas of specialization. Most leaders find it difficult to establish their personality type. This has made efforts towards improving areas of weaknesses quite challenging. Several theories have come up to assist in establishing leadership traits. These include Jung Typology Test, Psychodynamic Approach, Big Five Personality Profile, and the Leadership Trait Questionnaire. In essence, these instruments are utilized in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of an individual. The leadership Trait questionnaire is used to measure an individual’s characteristic of leadership on a scale of 5. On the other hand, the big five personality profile rates individuals through relating 25 statements with a maximum score of 35. In addition, Jung Typology Test asks an individual to pick between any two descriptive words that best describe them. Finally, there is Psychodynamic Approach Survey, which tries to determine personality type. This paper will explore personality type through the psychodynamic approach survey method (Northouse, 2001, p. 296-298).
Psychodynamic Approach Survey
This is an instrument utilized to determine personality type. It involves several processes and stages of the survey, which are given scores to evaluate the result. I went through the processes and tested them as an ESFJ. This means that I am not only an extravert but also a judger, a feeler as well as a sensor. These specifications come from the abbreviations ESFJ, in which E represents extravert, S represents a sensor, and F represents a feeler, while J represents a Judger. From these results, it is quite possible to categorize my abilities in various ways with a combination of mixed elements. The SJ shows qualities such as carefulness, thoroughness, and caution, as well as an emphasis on accuracy in works done. In this regard, it can be noted that both S and J are focused or emphasized on the product. In other words, SJs can be collectively referred to as product-oriented. Interestingly, other tests gave out results that described me as intuition, as well as being a sensor. It is quite important to note that in such situations, the results point out to a mixture of qualities and temperaments (Northouse, 2001, p. 296-298).
The tests in the psychodynamic approach survey conveyed results that reflect me as not only an extrovert but also a judger, a feeler as well as a sensor. These specifications come from the abbreviations ESFJ, in which E represents extravert, S represents a sensor, and F represents a feeler, while J represents a Judger. From these results, it is quite possible to categorize my abilities in various ways with an array of mixed elements. It is in this regard that the psychodynamic approach method is considered to be among the best in establishing an individual’s personality type (Eddens, 2005, p. 1).
There are various methods of determining an individual’s personality type. These include instruments such as Jung Typology Test, Psychodynamic Approach, Big Five Personality Profile, and Leadership Trait Questionnaire. In essence, the instruments are utilized in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of an individual. When these instruments are applied, one is likely to get information regarding his/her personality type. The techniques are quite important in establishing one’s strengths and weaknesses. This can help such individuals to focus or emphasize their strengths as well as work on mitigating areas of weaknesses. The psychodynamic approach is therefore very essential in identifying leaders as well as developing them (Briggs, 2011, p. 1).
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