Exploring Assessments for Group Work
The findings from the VIA character strengths assessment will be helpful as I work with groups. The focus will be on making the most of the signature strengths to be more productive, engaged, and happy as I work in groups (Harzer & Ruch, 2013). For example, I discovered that appreciation for excellence, teamwork, and creativity are among my signature strengths. I will make the most out of these strengths to be more productive in groups. This involves appreciating the talents and capabilities of other group members, providing possible solutions to group problems, and expressing appreciation for the strengths expressed by each team member.
MBTI is another assessment tool that can help understand and value differences among individuals in group work. MBTI and VIA surveys are popular personality assessments. Both tests focus on personality traits. Both help people understand themselves better. However, the two assessments have some differences. While the purpose of the VIA Survey is to assess character strengths, the purpose of MBTI is to help individuals identify personalities (Harzer & Ruch, 2013). Also, while VIA Survey values traits and preferences, MBTI values character strengths.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can be useful for group work. One of the factors that determine the success of group work is group dynamics (Forsyth, 2019). These dynamics can be studied through MBTI (Montequin et al., 2013). MBTI has several strengths. First, it is widely used in conflict resolutions and team building. Second, it is one of the most popular assessments (Montequin et al., 2013). Third, it is useful in making sense of oneself. Fourth, it describes all individual differences as normal. MBTI also has limitations. First, it fails to account for external factors that influence individuals when taking the test. Second, the tests involve simple questions that cause people to erroneously assume that MBTI assessment is itself simple.
Forsyth, D. (2019). Group Dynamics (7th Ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
Harzer, C. & Ruch, W. (2013). The Application of Signature Character Strengths and Positive Experience at Work. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14. 965-983.
Montequin, V., Fernandez, J., Balsera, J. & Nieto, G. (2013). Using MBTI for the success assessment of engineering teams in project-based learning. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 23 (4).