A - Z Coaching and Mentoring - This week's extract highlights the profiling tool - Sixteen Personality Factors and how it can be used to reveal potential, confirm suitability and help identify development needs, both professionally and personally.
Sixteen Personality Factors (16PF) is a profiling tool that reveals potential, confirms suitability and helps identify development needs, both professionally and personally.
It is an accurate predictor of behaviour and potential and is used in both recruitment and personal development. A licence is required to administer the tool.
The 16 personality traits were developed by Raymond Catell in the 1940s and are based on the big 5 personality traits of:
The following personality trait list describes some of the descriptive terms used for each of the 16 personality dimensions described by Cattell:
- Abstractedness: Imaginative versus practical
- Apprehension: Worried versus confident
- Dominance: Forceful versus submissive
- Emotional stability: Calm versus high-strung
- Liveliness: Spontaneous versus restrained
- Openness to change: Flexible versus attached to the familiar
- Perfectionism: Controlled versus undisciplined
- Privateness: Discreet versus open
- Reasoning: Abstract versus concrete
- Rule-consciousness: Conforming versus non-conforming
- Self-reliance: Self-sufficient versus dependent
- Sensitivity: Tender-hearted versus tough-minded
- Social boldness: Uninhibited versus shy
- Tension: Inpatient versus relaxed
- Vigilance: Suspicious versus trusting
- Warmth: Outgoing versus reserved
Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare Smale