Early in my time as leader-educator I realised that personality matters – it’s very much a case of ‘who you are is how you lead’. Thus, learning about who you are, and more importantly how you’re percieved by others, is critically important in being an effective leader.
I’ve been using the Hogan suite of personality profiles for around eight years now, and the more I use them, the more I am convinced that Hogan have done their homework.
My first exposure to personality profiling and how this links to behaviour came through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality profiles, and at the time, I thought MBTI was gold. As I’ve got more informed about personality, and it’s complexity, I’ve come realise that the MBTI may well be rapidly reaching it’s use-by date. And that is probably a good thing. I have chosen not to use MBTI as a tool.
This is because the MBTI lacks the science that is behind what Hogan (in particular) offer. Have a read of this article from the Huffington Post and you might very well agree.
In the specialised field of personality profiling and prediction of behaviour, it’s very much a case of you get what you pay for.