Learn more about yourself, your strengths, and your abilities through these online assessments.

CLIFTONSTRENGTHS

CliftonStrengths, formerly known as StrengthsFinder and StrengthsQuest, is an online assessment that helps you discover your top strengths. Knowing what they are and how to use them can help you flourish in your work and everywhere else. Being aware of your personal Strengths will also help you understand the value you bring to any context. Sewanee employees are eligible for one free CliftonStrengths code to take the assessment- please email centerforleadership@sewanee.edu to request a code. The assessment takes about 20-40 minutes. After taking it, you are encouraged to read your unique, personalized Strengths Insight Guide to help understand your specific Strengths; it also includes an Action Planning Guide with tips on how to apply your Strengths in your work and life.

DefinINg Your Personal Values

 Personal values are what people consider important in life. They affect our choices and can say a lot about ourselves. Although not everyone is aware of their values, they are always present in life and become visible in our attitude to the world around us and behavior in the face of various everyday situations. If you live in accordance with your core values, you feel fulfillment and satisfaction. You experience the exact life you really want. When you are often forced to act against your personal values, you will feel an internal conflict. This Personal Values assessment will help you to select your top 10 values.

Personal/Team Mission Statement Builder

Live with Purpose. You have a purpose in life. You know in your heart what's most important to you. In fact, your mission and values are expressed every day, by how you live–you just may not realize it. This online tool by FranklinCovey helps you find the right words to put that mission down on paper. Use the Mission Statement Builder for yourself, your team, or even your family.

 Conflict Styles Assessment

How do you tend to respond to conflict? Your conflict style represents your inclination, or natural tendency, when faced with a situation of conflict. Take the Conflict Styles Assessment here. Knowing the five main conflict styles can help you understand the choices you have for managing conflict. And knowing your own conflict style can help you identify how you might want to approach conflict differently- how you might better manage it, depending on the nature of your relationship with the person with whom you are in conflict, the amount of time you have to manage the conflict, and the importance of the issue to you. There is a time and a place to use each style and each style has its advantages and limitations. By being aware of your own conflict style and being able to identify the style of the person with whom you are in conflict, you can better pursue a mutually agreeable outcome for all parties involved. 

Enneagram

The Enneagram is a valuable personal and professional growth tool because it answers the question, “Why?” Why would someone do that? What would motivate that behavior? And why does that lead to them thinking and behaving so differently from me? Leaders find profound value in being able to work with someone with the insight of what drives them. Knowing your personality type gives you awareness, and awareness gives you a choice. The Enneagram provides a growth path, not a diagnosis. Knowing your type is a shortcut to enhancing your self-awareness and bringing out the best in yourself. If you don’t know your type yet, you can either read about the 9 types here (free) and select the one that fits you best, or you can take an online assessment here ($12).

MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)

This free online assessment is helpful to raise your awareness of your personality preferences. According to the Myers-Briggs Foundation, there are no right or wrong preferences. Reading is not better than watching movies; each has its strengths and its problems. Most people have the ability to do both, even if they don't like one or the other. Personality preferences, sometimes called psychological preferences, are like any other preferences. Personality type is what you prefer when you are using your mind or focusing your attention. Studies and experience have shown that there are consistent patterns for each person. For example, one pair of preferences is about whether you choose to spend more time in the outside world or more time in your inner world. We call this a preference for Extraversion or Introversion. Neither is wrong. You can do both. You just prefer one. There are many benefits to understanding your own preferences, including how they affect you, how they affect your style of communication, and how they are different from what other people prefer. Preferences allow us to have different interests, different ways of behaving, and different ways of seeing the world. While all the preferences are equal, each has different strengths and different challenges. Knowing these personality strengths and challenges for yourself and others can help you understand and appreciate how everyone contributes to a situation, a task, or the solution to a problem.

The Four Tendencies Quiz

By asking the one simple question, “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain exciting insight into ourselves. And when we know how other people respond to expectations, we understand them far more effectively, as well. We all face two kinds of expectations—outer expectations (meet work deadlines, answer a request from a friend) and inner expectations (keep a New Year’s resolution, start meditating). Our response to expectations determines our “Tendency”—that is, whether we fit into the category of Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel. Knowing our Tendency can help us set up situations in ways that make it more likely that we’ll achieve our aims. We can make better decisions, meet deadlines, meet our promises to ourselves, suffer less stress, and engage more deeply with others. Just as important, knowing other people’s Tendencies helps us to work with them more effectively. Managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people reduce conflict and make significant, lasting change. This short, free quiz poses questions meant to identify your Tendency. It takes about ten minutes to complete; answers are confidential. 

The Big Five Personality Test

Good leaders know themselves. Explore your personality with the highly-respected Five Factor model (AKA the Big Five). You'll see how you stack up on five major dimensions of personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism. The Big Five model of personality is widely considered to be the most robust way to describe personality differences. It is the basis of most modern personality research. This 60-question inventory is based on questionnaires used in professional research settings and will evaluate your personality on each of the Five Factors.

Liberating Structures (Easy Group Facilitation Practices)

Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. The Liberating Structures website offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices. They are designed to include everyone in shaping next steps. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting (presentations, panels, status reports, and managed discussions) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. This alternative approach is both practical and feasible because Liberating Structures are quite simple and easy to learn. They can be used by everyone at every level, from the executive suite to the grassroots. No lengthy training courses or special talents are required. Mastery is simply a matter of practice. Liberating Structures routinely unleash a vast reserve of contributions and latent innovations waiting to be discovered. Every person interested in leading change can use Liberating Structures to generate innovation and great results.

Discover Your Work Interests & Possible Career Paths

 The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. This 60-question assessment, O*NET Interest Profiler, helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.