Since this month we are exploring self-awareness, this is a great opportunity for leaders to take some time to self-assess. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, we seldom have the time to conduct a full self-assessment. However, in today’s world of technology, there are a number of quick and easy online self assessments that can be taken from your phone or tablet. 16 Personalities may be one of the best!


According to the website, the 16 personalities model utilizes the acronym format introduced by Myers-Briggs for its simplicity and convenience, with an extra letter to accommodate five rather than four scales. Every person that I’ve recommended this personality test to is surprised at how accurate it is. This is also supported by the reviews and the website claim that over 140 million tests have been taken on the site. There are a number of reasons it’s one of my favorites:

  • It’s free – To take the test its free and provides your personality type with 8 detailed sections, ranging from career paths to parenting to relationships. For the average individual, the results are comprehensive enough that the free version will suffice. However, if an individual is looking for more detailed options, they are available for fairly reasonable pricing. If you want a detailed profile of your personality type the company offers a 267-page e-book for $29. They also offer an interactive profile for tests, tools, exercises and research data for an individual profile. Finally, there is also an option for downloading e-books and interactive courses for all of the 16 personalities which could be useful for a business to purchase for its employees.

  • It’s detailed – I haven’t found a free online personality test that provides this level of detail. There are plenty of personality tests that provide a Meyer Briggs result with some bullets for your personality type, but few are as comprehensive or user-friendly as 16 personalities. Starting with a detailed overview of the results, then provides the strengths and weakness of your personality type. From there you can read about how your personality type performs in romantic relationships, friendships or even parenting. Next, you can go into career paths and workplace habits. In all, there are a total 8 sections that are part of the free test. In addition, you can access and read the details if all the personality tests without taking the test.

  • It’s user-friendly – The test takes less than ten minutes and the questions are fairly easy to discern. One of the nice attributes of the website is that there is no registration or signup required to test or view the details of a personality type. So, if you already know your personality type and just want to review some of the details, it’s easy. My 13-year-old had no problem taking the test and my family took it while we were waiting for our food at a restaurant. A person can easily take it while on their lunch break. Additionally, the website is well designed and the characters representing the personality types definitely draw you in.

Overall, this is a great, free, quick and easy way to take time out to conduct a quick self-assessment. This is also a great tool for leaders to use with their employees. I asked everyone in my office to take the tests, the results were very informative for me as a leader.