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Episode 101: My Favorite Coaching Assessments

Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, and the Energy Leadership Index have each played a big role in my personal development and in my coaching practice. Today we’re talking about how these tools can support you when used in the right context and resources you can use to find your type and learn more.

101: My Favorite Coaching Assessments

For both personal development and in our work as coaches, personality assessments can help us to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others. Back in 1994 as an angsty teenager, personality assessments were the first thing I encountered that ever made me feel validated and like there were other people like me out there.

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Show Notes

For both personal development and in our work as coaches, personality assessments can help us to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others.

Back in 1994 as an angsty teenager, personality assessments were the first thing I encountered that ever made me feel validated and like there were other people like me out there. They were introduced to me by my grandmother, Mary Lou, and I credit them for my early interest in psychology and ultimately, my career as a coach.

Today we’re talking about four of my favorite assessments: Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, and the Energy Leadership Index. I’ll be sharing a bit of the background and history of each assessment, their pillars, resources you can use to find your type and learn more, and how I use them in my life.

Do you use these assessments in your practice? Are there different ones that you prefer? I would love your thoughts and feedback about today's episode. Find me on Instagram (@CoachWithClarity) and let me know!

Topics covered

  • How personality assessments kick-started my journey to becoming a coach
  • Key considerations to discuss before using personality assessments
  • My response to criticism of personality assessments
  • The history of the Myers-Briggs assessment
  • The four pillars of the Myers-Briggs personality types
  • Understanding the Enneagram
  • The nine Enneagram types
  • Leveraging the Strengths Finder assessment for your success
  • The themes and domains of the Strengths Finder assessment
  • What you can learn from the ELI
  • Resources to learn more about each of these personality assessments

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity Podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough. And I have to tell you, I am so very excited to share today's episode with you. This is a topic I have wanted to talk about for a very long time. Because well, to be honest with you, it just fascinates me so much. And when I think about my own origin story, and what brought me not just to the field of coaching, but even before that, to the field of therapy, to psychology, to serving other people, it really stems in what we're going to explore today, which are personality assessments. So today, I want to tell you a little bit about my own journey with personality assessments and how it's influenced my path. I'll talk about some of the caveats that we need to be aware of when we are considering using these assessments in our work with clients. And then I am going to share my four favorite assessments that I use with my own clients and that I've used in my personal development work as well. Now I have to be honest with you initially, I had planned on discussing more than four assessments. And then yesterday, as I was writing my outline for this episode, I already had like nine pages of notes, just talking about the first four. So I decided to cut back. And in the future, especially if this is a topic that interests you. Let me know. And maybe we can have a deeper discussion about any one of the assessments I'm going to share with you today. Or maybe we can also take a look at other assessments that are out there too. So this means I am definitely going to want to hear from you. And I would love your thoughts and feedback about today's episode. The best way to do that is to find me over on Instagram @CoachWithClarity and leave me a DM or comment on the post for this episode, and let me know your thoughts. Let me know if you use these assessments in your practice if there are different ones that you use, and who knows? Perhaps that will be inspiration for a future podcast episode. 

 

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