understanding yourself and others
Understanding yourself and others isn't easy, however it's an essential part of refining and improving the way professionals lead others. Don't be tempted to shy away from this aspect of development or be put off by some of the shabby insight tools out there - you might be surprised at how useful the good tools are.
A wide range of self insight tools are available to combine with a skills development program or use individually as part of a coaching program.
Use the links below for further information on some of the most regularly used tools for professionals, when they work best and resources to learn more about them. For HR professionals, the links also contain details on becoming accredited to use the tools internally.
Hogan assessments are useful for understanding the underlying sources of behaviour. The combination of easy to read reports and strong evidence base results in this being my first recommendation for increasing self awareness. Excellent reference information is available from the - the distributors of Hogan in Australia. Click on the report to see further information and the handy one page fact sheets. (takes you to PeterBerry Website).
emotional and social competence inventory
The ESCI is very useful for leader development in professional settings. The focus on emotional competence in the areas of empathy, self control and influence are well matched for the challenges of managing professionals through influence rather than authority.
It is one of the best tools for 360 team feedback on leadership effectiveness with clear, useful comparison between self and rater groups. The format also allows for client feedback to be collected separately - very useful for those individuals who behave beautifully with clients and change their tune in the office.
I have used the ESCI (and it's predecessor the ECI) since 2001 and it is well received by demanding professionals. Click on the report to learn more from the Hay Group Website.
MSCEIT leadership development report
The MSCEIT is a specialist emotional intelligence report developed from the research by Mayer, Salovey and Caruso. It can stand up to the most skeptical partner and is substantiated by a significant body of research. See the full report by clicking on the report through to the Australian distributor Evidence Based Psychology. Visit the eiconsortium to compare this tool to the ESCI. I use both for different purposes.
myers briggs type indicator - expanded report
After being used and abused for over fifty years, many people have some experience with the MBTI. Unfortunately it's often a superficial experience that doesn't highlight the usefulness of the tool. I particularly use it for building understanding of differences in teams and reading the preferences of internal and external clients to improve communication and influence. In these two areas it is my preference to the alternatives of DiSC, Strength Deployment Inventory, Team Management Index and HBDI. I'm accredited in all of these and use them only where a client has a specific preference for them. Links included so you can find further information.
kirton adaption innovation inventory (KAI)
This is an unusual individual insight tool and one of my personal favourites. The KAI gives insight into two different problem solving styles with results presented on a bell curve distribution rather than boxes. The tool has been elegantly summarised by Anne Collier in her blog - it's worth a read if you are interested. Click on the report image to visit the KAI resource library and use the links on the left.
It is very useful for practice groups and teams looking to increase both collaboration and creative thinking to innovate. This insight helps people understand the way they create and the tools/ technique best suited to their thinking style. It does have some features that I'm not a fan of, but I've used it so long I know how to work with these! Make contact if you would like to learn more.