Businesses often tend to confuse managers with team leaders. However, in today’s corporate race a good manager has to be a great team leader and a good team leader needs to know how to manage both people and resources. What is common to both roles is that both require leading initiatives and it is difficult to undermine the importance of personality in either.
A manager requires using his or her technical prowess to priorities tasks and champion execution. A team leader drives team efforts towards meeting objectives that are crucial for the organization. Both require optimism, a “never say die” attitude, looking at the big picture and the ability to inspire action – all key leadership traits.
Though everyone has a leader hidden in them it is important to hone the relevant skills to transform into captains of a ship. Each personality type has traits of a leader and the distance to being a successful leader is only as far as spotting the traits and bridging the gaps of what is and what has to be.
The combinations of traits that make an individual, remain more or less the same and hardly change with time. The leadership traits in an individual have to be identified at the right time and this is possible through administering the right personality tests, both during recruitment and during career progression. If the right people for key leadership roles can be spotted well in advance succession planning itself becomes a smooth and well planned process. Using personality tests also minimizes the risk of perceptual errors or biases which is common in organizations when it comes to spotting the right talent.
The Professional Profile 2 from Central Test helps an individual to determine their personality at the workplace and helps them plan for professional success. Professional Profile 2 measures 14 set of dimensions, each combination of which are opposites (eg introversion vs. extroversion, flexibility vs.firmness) thereby helping to measure 28 aspects of personality and motivations. Comparisons are made with 22 work competencies and 58 professions along with a detailed analysis of individual strengths and challenges.
The Big Five Profile looks at the personality traits that make an individual different from others around him or her in the purview of the five personality traits. This can be used by individuals to understand themselves and their environment. Both the assessments can be tailored to suit the organisation and the role.
To make a more precise evaluation these tests can be combined with the Emotional Intelligence test which can be used to determine the finer aspects of leadership behaviour. These tests help to evaluate the decision-making prowess and result orientation of future leaders and managers. The test assesses the socio-emotional qualities of an individual and provides inputs on how well he or she is able to manage emotions.