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There came a time in my life where everything that I knew about leadership came crashing down. I can’t even begin to put into words the freedom I have experienced when I started diving into who I was as an individual and how that contributed to my leadership. All of that started with an oh-so-subtle passion for self-awareness tools.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
I spent most of my adolescence and early twenties analyzing myself and others. Comparing and contrasting. When I found qualities that offended me in others (or things I disagreed with) I had a natural tendency to write it off as a simple “I don’t like them.” Rarely did I stop to appreciate these differences. I didn’t know where this came from, to be honest, I didn’t even realize I was doing it.
When I was introduced to these self-awareness tools at a previous job, I became
obsessed intrigued with them. I have continued to dig deeper into each of these tools because I believe that true leaders know themselves. I’m also passionate about helping others understand themselves and their unique gifts and talents. So let’s dive in!
Top five self-awareness tools
1. Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator [MBTI]
Give me a second while I drool. MBTI is a personality assessment that breaks up into 16 personality types. It has easily become one of the most popular tools in the workplace for both employees and recruiters.
The test dates back pretty far and has been a part of thousands of research projects that have built it’s reputation. I owe so much of my development to this tool. The certified MBTI test requires you to pay, but it is very in depth and worth it!
I also have taken several free versions online that have given me the same results but have less in depth explanations for your results. You have to be certified to coach people through this assessment, so MBTI takes themselves very seriously…and they should. #beesknees
2. Strenths Finder 2.0
Strengths Finder 2.0 is a self-awareness tool that encourages you to discover your untapped natural strengths. The purpose is to get you to focus on developing your strengths rather than working on trying to “fix” your shortcomings.
This test honestly helped my confidence a lot! I was able to see that my natural talents actually help me contribute as a leader. My top 5 strengths were Individualization (being intrigued by the unique qualities of others), Learner, Communication, Strategic, and Achiever. It opened my eyes to know what I bring to a team. It is also partly responsible for me starting my blog.
Every Strengths Finder 2.0 book by Tom Rath includes a unique code to take the assessment. It will give you your top 5 strengths, explain them as they apply uniquely to you, and show you how you can use your strengths this week, month, and year. I love this self-awareness tool!
3. Spiritual Gifts Test
Scripture is clear that every person is given spiritual gifts [1 corinthians 12]. We were given these gifts in order to ultimately edify God.
What I love about the Spiritual Gifts Test, is that you can use it in every aspect of your life. I was shocked by some of my results, however, all of it made a lot of sense. As I mentioned above, you don’t know what you don’t know. So dive in and discover what your gifts are and how you can use them! I’m happy to inform that this test is free to take online here *praise hands*.
4. 5 Love Languages
Okay, the 5 love languages is a test that you have probably already heard of or taken. It is extremely popular among the christian community, but I have seen it used other places as well.
You may believe that the 5 love languages doesn’t have anything to do with leadership, but trust me, it does. Whether you’re leading employees, volunteers, or your kiddos at home, this test adds value! It is a tool that has even helped me in my marriage by learning my husband’s language and speaking it. Knowing that my love language is Quality Time, with Words of Affirmation being a close second, I now know that all you have to do to show me you love me is spend time with me and tell me I’m pretty #Simple.
5. The Bible
That’s right, I went there. The bible is full of feedback and God is always revealing to you both WHO you are and WHOSE you are through His Word. I know that the creator of the universe studies my heart, and teaches me more about who I am through Him. Without knowing who God is, we will never understand ourselves.
What are some of your favorite self-awareness tools?
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