I never put a lot of stock in personality tests, even after taking the Meyers-Briggs and seeing that the description sketched a fairly accurate portrait of me as a human being. The MBTI has its flaws, to be sure, but after taking more and more of these sorts of tests, I’m forced to apply some degree of credibility to them.
So, here’s my results.
Meyers-Briggs Personality Type
I’m an ENFP (“Champion” in the Keirsey terminology). The actual Meyers-Briggs description says, among other things, “ENFPs are initiators of change, keenly perceptive of possibilities. They energize and stimulate others through their contagious enthusiasm. They prefer the start-up phase of a project or relationship, and are tireless in the pursuit of new-found interests. ENFPs are able to anticipate the needs of others and to offer them needed help and appreciation.”
I did StrengthsFinder 2.0 at the encouragement of my wife, who took a look at my results and said, “Yep. That’s pretty much exactly what I thought.” My Top 5 Themes are:
For more explanations as to what this all means, I’ve got a copy of the short report (PDF).
I did StandOut! a few years after StrengthsFinder, as part of my employment with Antenna Consulting (3M). The results, again, were pretty indicative of me. My results combo is a “Futurist”, but to break it down into the two categories, I’m:
While you can get a copy of my report (PDF), the jist of it is this, “…your strength is not only about connecting the right people to achieve those possibilities but also about connecting the right ideas, likely in ways that have never been considered before. If you’re not leading the drive to realize your idea, you’re introducing people from disparate backgrounds, showing them how their combined talents and products could produce game-changing innovations.”