Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Identifying Your Personality Type

Personality Analysis – excerpt from the book, “Leadership from Within” by Peter Urs Bender

The characteristics of human behaviour have been studied for centuries. About 400 B.C., Hippocrates developed a list of what are now called the "four medieval temperaments". Melancholic, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Sanguine. Peter Drucker, Myers-Briggs (based on the work of Carl Jung - who, at a different time, was born in the same city and went to some of the same schools as I did!), and many others have followed in his footsteps, having seen the value of understanding the human personality in more detail.

Some analysts divide our personalities into sixteen or more categories. However, most analyses boil down to four major types, which I will describe shortly.

Similarly, some psychologists use a 20- or 30-page questionnaire to identify your individual personality traits. However, I'm Swiss. I like to do things as simply as possible. So I developed my own personality analysis checklist (based on the work of others), which will take you about five minutes to complete.

The Personality Analysis

Take a few minutes to do the following simple self-assessment. You will learn some fascinating things about yourself in the process. You may also want to compare yourself to others you know - a significant other, your children, or your co-workers. If you would like more information on this, please have a look at my book, Leadership from Within.

On the next page there are a few lists, check those words (or phrases) that describe you best in a business or work situation. Your score will be tallied for each group of words. This test is completely free of charge.

Personality Analysis from Peter Urs Bender


George Torok, host
Business In Motion

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