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Introduction to the Career Clarity Program

Module 4) EQ Personal Style

MODULE 4

Welcome to the start of Module 4.

We would encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video which provides an introduction to this module and the topics and activities you will be covering. It also provides some extra background information which will help when you come to completing the activities. 

In this module we will cover the following topics:

  1. Personal characteristics & attributes
  2. The Johari Window
  3. Personality Profiling & the Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI)

Personal characteristics & attributes

The first exercise is the ‘Personal characteristics & attributes’ exercise. While it can seem straightforward, as with the skills, unless you sit down to reflect on your true personal characteristics and attributes you will often end up with a short and often general response. In this module, we want you to go deeper and reflect on who you are and your strongest attributes. To flesh them out and capture them in writing. While it is great to have thoughts in our head about how we view ourselves, we also need to test our thoughts out in reality. By documenting and discussing them we can go deeper into the value we offer. 

If you are unsure, complete the 360 Reach and see how others respond as often they can provide additional insights into our personal attributes we were not aware of. Ask friends, family, colleagues, bosses for feedback over a coffee or phone chat. 

You can go deeper into this with the Johari Window exercise. 

The Johari Window

The Johari Window is used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955.

In the program there is a downloadable exercise for you to complete using the Johari window. We want you to want to celebrate your strengths and what you know about yourself, your personal attributes and characteristics and tap into your blind spots. You may even venture into exploring the unknown – those elements that lie in our unconscious or shadows. They are there and often a big life event can bring them into the consciousness. 

Four Areas of the Johari Window 

  • Open Area (public self) – the part of ourselves we are consciously aware of and that is seen by others.
  • Hidden Area (hidden Self) – contains aspects of our ego that we are aware of, but that we may now show to others, or want them to know about.
  • Blind Spots – includes aspects of ourselves that we are unaware of, but that others are well aware of.
  • Unknown Area (unconscious self) – contains the shadow aspects of the ego, and the middle, lower and higher unconscious. 

As you go through the exercise, we would encourage you to complete all the exercises.  Including thinking about the fact that we are not always as we think we are! 

Example

  • ‘ I am……’  For example: ‘I am highly organised’ or I am friendly and outgoing’ 
  • ‘… but sometimes I am….’ sentence.  Try to use words that are the opposite or variations of the first set of characteristics and qualities you listed. For example, ‘I am highly organised, but sometimes I am not organised at all.’ 

Personality Profiling & the Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI)

In the last section of this model we will delve deeper into Personality Type with a focus on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator one of the most well used Type tools in the world that has stood the test of time. 

Step one:  we encourage you to complete the (Free or Paid) online Type Truity Assessment. 

Step two: watch the Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type Video

Step three: with your Type Report, Your Best Fit Type and the book ‘You’ve Got Personality’ do some additional reading and reflection on your type and career paths of interest, including those of your type and other types. 

Next Steps & Homework 

Work through each of the sections in this module, taking time to reflect and discuss with family, friends, colleagues and you coach. 

In this module you will complete the following exercises:

  1. Personal characteristics & attributes
  2. The Johari Window
  3. Personality Profiling & the Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI)