Online Assessments Available: Personality Style at Work

Personality Style at Work



PSAW Core Profile

A cursory internet search will reveal dozens of assessments and instruments for helping people understand the fundamental traits and characteristics of their personality. This continued and widespread use of personality assessments stresses their significance as tools for learning and development. However, while knowing your personality is important - it's also just one piece of the development puzzle.

Assessments that spell out little more than a horoscope of traits and tendencies or a maze of acronyms and labels do not create lasting change. It is essential to learn how to use the right knowledge to form a complete picture of yourself. Results that lead to this level of perception call for a precise and refined self-evaluation.

Personality Style at Work (PSAW) is one of the most statistically accurate assessments. It's a simple but highly effective tool that measures both the core behaviors that make up an individual's style and the lens through which they choose to navigate their world.

Target Audience: Personality Style at Work is ideal for anyone trying to develop their communication skills and for those trying to thrive in a team environment.

Measures: Primary personality style, strength of preference for using each of the drivers associated with your style, and strength of preference for using the assertive and expressive behaviors.


  • Direct Style: Achievement, Control, and Challenge
  • Spirited Style: Conceptualization, Initiation, and Collaboration
  • Considerate Style: Harmony, Recognition, and Consensus
  • Systematic Style: Organization, Objectivity, and Tradition
  • Expressiveness
  • Assertiveness

Time Required: 10-15 minutes.

How It Works

Personality Style at Work is, at its core, a developmental tool and is suitable for anyone interested in understanding how their behaviors affect their own performance and interactions with others. It has applications in:

  • Leadership development
  • Management and supervisory training
  • Team culture
  • Team building
  • Communication
  • Career development

The backbone of Personality Style at Work is the popular formula that more than a million people have relied upon to understand not only what makes them tick - but those around them as well. What makes it so powerful is that it takes the complexity of personality and boils it down into four simple, memorable words:

  • Direct
  • Spirited
  • Systematic
  • Considerate

At the foundation of each of the four personality styles is a set of three drivers that guide our actions, decisions, and general life approach. Delving even deeper into the framework of personality is a look at the lens of expressiveness and assertiveness - the learned behaviors that we use as a means of coping with the demands and expectations placed upon us and which help to explain how we can appear to have one personality at work and another in our personal life.

Uses and Applications

Personality Style at Work acts as a lens that shapes how we see the world, which in turn influences how others see us. It governs the kinds of career choices we make, influences the way we make decisions, determines how we lead others, and plays a significant role in the way we communicate.

Personality style even plays a role in how we decorate our offices or working spaces, as well as the kinds of hobbies or pursuits we engage in. Equally important, our personality style provides clues for others, which enables them to figure out our needs, making it possible for us to forge healthy and productive relationships, both at work and in our personal lives.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Assess their behavior and identify their personality style
  • Spot different personality types
  • Become a more effective manager and team member
  • Adapt their personality to any organizational culture
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