Personal Style Inventory

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Self-understanding is a necessary prerequisite for learning, growth, and getting along with others. Because without it, no amount of formal training or on-the-job experience will enable people to reach their full potential - or improve their relationships with peers, coworkers, and managers. Blind to their own behavioral patterns, they will continue to trip over themselves in the same old ways. So, as a trainer, where do you begin?

A bestseller for more than 25 years, the Personal Style Inventory (PSI) test and training workshop is an accurate, statistically reliable personality-style assessment.

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How It Works

Based on Carl Jung's well-known personality theory, the Personal Style Inventory identifies deep-seated style preferences along four paired dimensions:

  • Extroversion or Introversion
  • Sensing or Intuiting
  • Thinking or Feeling
  • Perceiving or Judging

The PSI makes it easy for people to "see" how they think, act, and feel. And with eyes wide open, you've taken the first step toward improving your organization's communication, team work, leadership, and interpersonal relationships.

Using either the print or online self-assessment, individuals respond to a series of 32 statements that relate to four paired dimensions. The result is a personality-style profile that is abbreviated by a combination of four letters symbolizing a preference for each dimension (i.e., ISTP = Introversion/Sensing/Thinking/Perceiving).

The self-assessment takes 15 minutes to complete, and we recommend you allow at least one hour for the interpretation of results, debrief, and action planning.

You can also extend the learning into two half-day training programs - one for individuals and one for teams - using the workshop instructions and PowerPoint presentation included with the facilitator guide. Trainer certification is not required to administer or facilitate the PSI.

What are the differences between the PSI and other Jungian-based assessments? Although these instruments use the same theory to measure personality style, the PSI asks individuals to assume a different frame of reference. While other Jungian-based assessments attempt to measure how people usually behave, the PSI measures how people prefer to behave. We believe this unveils a style closer to the true nature of the individual's personality style. In addition, the PSI measures the relative strengths of each dimension, which is more helpful to individuals than the either/or results presented by other Jungian-based assessments.

Uses and Applications

The PSI is effective as a stand-alone learning instrument or part of a more comprehensive training program. The PSI can be used as a:

  • Centerpiece of a communication or leadership development program.
  • Discussion starter for individual and personal counseling.
  • Diagnostic instrument for career planning and job selection.
  • Tool for mapping a team profile and improving group dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify an individual's dominant personality style
  • Learn about the 16 different personality styles
  • Discover the characteristics, strengths, and potential blind spots of each style
  • Understand how each style interacts with the others - and how to improve these relationships
  • Discover what types of tasks are suited - or not suited - to each personality style
  • Develop an action plan to improve performance and relationships with others

Product Details

Product Type: Print and online assessment

Measures: An individual's dominant personality style

Time Required: Administration: 15 minutes, Interpretation: 1 hour, Workshop: 3 hours

What do I order?

Starter Kit: Order one kit to train up to 5 participants.
The Personal Style Inventory Starter Kit provides all the tools you need to ensure a successful learning experience. It includes a Facilitator Guide and a 5-Pack of Print Self-Assessments.

Facilitator Guide: Order one per trainer.
The Facilitator Guide makes preparation a snap with comprehensive background information, step-by-step half-day workshop guidelines, and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. The guide also includes sample participant materials. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Print Self-Assessment: Order one per individual or participant.
The PSI self-assessment is available in both online and printed formats. Includes assessment results, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning.

Online Self-Assessment: Order one per individual or participant.
The online version is an excellent choice for enterprise-wide training or audiences that are geographically dispersed. The assessment is administered through the HRDQ Assessment Center, which offers 24/7 access, streamlined distribution, and instant scoring. Each online assessment includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning.

About the Authors

Dr. R. Craig Hogan is founder and president of the Business Writing Center. He has more than 35 years of experience in business writing, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Hogan earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a professor at Illinois State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County College. In addition to dozens of training materials, he is the author or co-author of several books, including "Explicit Business Writing" and "Interpersonal and Consultant Supervision Skills: A Clinical Model."

Dr. David W. Champagne has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant in the HRD field working with organizations to implement their organization development and training initiatives. Dr. Champagne is now an emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and SUNY-Albany. His published books include "The Intelligent Professor's Guide to Teaching," "A Complete Trainers' Guide for Your Usual Needs Levels," and "How to Make a Better School."

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