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Session 1: Personal Leadership Assessment

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The purpose of Session 1: Personal Leadership Assessment was to review the results of a personality trait exam that members had taken online a few weeks previous. The session was led by Erika Weed of Ascendry Consulting, and was hosted at National Gypsum’s Technology Innovation Center. The examination used was “The Big Five” – a widely-used exam that measures five factors:

1. Need for Stability (N)
2. Extraversion (E)
3. Originality (O)
4. Accommodation (A)
5. Consolidation (C)

Subcategories are then listed below each factor, drilling down to a finer level of detail with more specificity.  Each subcategory assigns respondents a value between 1 and 100, representing the spectrum of a particular trait.  For example, the first subcategory under Need for Stability is “N1: Worry”.  A value below 35 indicates that the respondent generally is at ease most of the time, while a value above 65 indicates that the respondent frequently worries.  Using the values from each subcategory of a trait, an overall value is calculated that determines the subject’s overall tendency towards or away from that trait.

Erica began the discussion explaining the difference between preference and performance. Preference was referred to as personality which is primarily determined by genetics and life events. Performance is behavior or tendencies toward certain traits, some of which are measured in “The Big Five.” Throughout the discussion the topic of performance (behavior) was focused on and the importance of aligning the subjects work performance and home performance in an effort to create a more balanced lifestyle better suited for each individual’s personality. Each member received the results of their exam and was encouraged to ask questions freely and debate, creating a dialogue.

The first part of the personalized exam results evaluated both supertraits and subtraits.  The next part was a narrative describing the results to the subject with real world examples.  The final part of the exam took all of the results and organized them into interpretive comments that offered suggestions on how to play towards personal supertrait strengths and ways to improve in other areas.  This section was divided into the following themes: career, emotional intelligence, independence, leadership, personal characteristics, relationships, safety and health, values, and work habits. Having a greater insight into tendencies for the workplace categories makes each person more aware of how they may improve or hone interactions with colleagues, clients & family to better align home performance and work performance.

-Ryan Barkes, AIA & Chris Reiter, AIA

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