Birkman Personality Assessments
The Birkman Method® personality assessment is a scientifically based instrument, originally developed by Dr. Roger W. Birkman, to measure human characteristics for influencing behaviors, motivations, and perceptions. The assessment has been completed by millions of people and thousands of organizations worldwide.
We utilize the Birkman assessment as a leadership tool in two ways:
Elevate individual awareness – when an individual understands their own self-perception and social perceptions, they become increasingly aware of personal strengths and weaknesses in navigating social interactions and developing greater influence for dealing with workplace challenges.
Elevate team collaboration and performance – when team members understand one another’s self-perceptions and social perceptions, it creates a safe workplace to discuss differences in individual behavior styles and expectations. This helps bring more clarity to the team’s purpose and how to leverage individual strengths to contribute to greater team performance and success.
The Birkman assessment measures four key perspectives for each person’s personality:
Motivation – passion and interest in various activities that foster greater engagement and enjoyment in life. Motivation is a critical factor in finding a fulfilling career path and ensuring long-term workplace satisfaction.
Self-Perception – how you see yourself and what drives you to show up in the world each day. Birkman refers to this as our usual behavior, which is typically how we approach tasks, manage relationships, and contribute to the community.
Social Perception – the underlying context or filter you use to determine if a current situation or environment feels comfortable. This reflects an internal state that is not always apparent to others. Birkman refers to this as needs, which allow a person to anticipate their reactions to new or changing life situations to avoid resulting stress.
Mindset – an individual’s view concerning themself and others. Birkman addresses specific aspects of your mindset that affect intrapersonal, interpersonal, and alignment of work tasks to allow for new ways of thinking in various life circumstances. Examining mindset allows for a greater understanding of the “why” behind an individual’s actions and behavior patterns.
The Four Personality Types
-Deals in the present
-Gets results through action
-Deals in the present
-Gets results through people
-Deals in the past
-Gets results through systems
-Deals in the future
-Gets results through ideating