February 16, 2013
Self Assessment Exercise #1
I completed the Keirsey temperament survey at www.keirsey.com and was categorized as an ESTJ, or the Guardian/Supervisor. The Keirsey survey uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. My results indicated I am more extraverted than introverted, more sensing than intuitive, more thinking than feeling, and more judging than perceiving. According to the results, ESTJ’s are “the Guardian type most driven to show some type of leadership.” ("Keirsey.com," )This is a very accurate description, and exactly what I would expect to see myself categorized as. I recently separated from the military after 13 years in logistics, and am now pursuing a degree in business in order to one day be in a leadership position as an employee, or own my own business. By book definition, I display every characteristic of ESTJ’s; “organizers, realistic, logical, analytical, and decisive, and have a natural head for business or mechanics” (Robbins & Judge, 2013). According to Keirsey.com, many ESTJ’s also volunteer in leadership positions. I have volunteered in my community for the past two years as a youth soccer coach.
The first self- assessment I took was “Am I a Type A?” “which measures the degree to which you’re competitive and rushed for time” (Robbins, 2008). My score was 129, which classifies me as a hardcore Type A personality. I was not at all surprised at this result because I am well aware of my need to be in control of a situation, keep busy, and that I am not happy unless I am accomplishing something. In my previous career, sometimes there would not be much work to do and I found myself frustrated. Some people would like the downtime, but if I could not find another task to complete, I always asked my supervisors to give me another project to work on. I believe this type of behavior is very beneficial in the workplace, and in my future career.
In section B, I completed the...