Interesting Books on Personality, Team Role, and Strength Assessments

Note:  Personality tools are a bit like religion, many people tend to be quite fanatical about one or the other.  As this is my page, I am sharing my opinions.  I also do not include Belbin Team Roles in Personality, because while personality influences Belbin Team Roles, there are other factors as well (experience, environment, motivation, training/education, etc).  For this reason, Belbin is the tool that I prefer to use first with teams.  Many people who question sharing or even assessing personality find Belbin easier to accept because it is a snapshot of a point in time within that team. With that, many people who are averse to testing their personality will openly show and discuss their Team Role with their colleagues, giving the needed effect of sharing different ways of seeing and acting in the world.  When working with conflict, particularly in leadership teams, I prefer Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  Personally, I would recommend it for serious relationships as well.  My own marriage has been a lot better after we shared our results and discussed the impact.  Now, when my husband is going crazy organising the house on Sunday evening, I can just accept it as his SJ personality, and go back to my daydreaming or reading (NJ). I also include Marcus Buckingham’s work on Strengths as I find it an interesting tool and discussion, and it is accessible simply by buying the book referenced here.

Gifts Differing (4*) by Isabel Briggs Myers with Peter B. Myers (a very insightful book to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) by the founder’s daughter.  I enjoy both the preference information as well as the statistical information relating to career choice as well as personal life impacts of personality.  It is most helpful if you know your MBTI preferences)

What’s Your Type (2*)by Merve Emre (this book received a lot of press some few years back with its criticism of MBTI.  I was disappointed in this book, because I really wonder the depth of the author’s involvement of it and if she went through the same certification process I did.  Many of the concerns raised in the book about things lacking were part of my certification and particularly, going into more depth with the Type 2 reports)

The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele (we explored the Enneagram quite a bit as part of my classes and research at Stanford.  Although it was interesting, I had a hard time seeing myself in it, and also a hard time working with it.     However, this book is a decent and easily read starting point if you are exploring the Enneagram)

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson (a much more detailed and scholarly account than the above on the Enneagram)

Go Put Your Strengths to Work (4*) by Marcus Buckingham (a great book about looking at your strengths and how to use them. The book includes many resources for identifying and working with your strengths, including a code for the assessment.)