Supervisors taking the USGS Supervisory Challenge class are given the opportunity to complete three assessments that will provide them with information on their management, conflict, and thinking styles.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator instrument and knowledge of personality type are used by many organizations, large and small. An understanding of type can be used to support many different functions and situations including managing others, development of leadership skills, organizing tasks, creation and management of teams, training for management and staff, conflict resolution, motivation, executive coaching, diversity, recognition and rewards, and change management. It will be most helpful for supervisors to learn more about personality and the personality of others in order to understand them better. The MBTI assessment will provide feedback on your type and its impact.
Participants of Supervisory Challenge will have the opportunity to take the MBTI assessment. Results from this assessment will be discussed during class. Participants are asked to complete the assessment prior to the first day of class following the directions provided in the Welcome Letter.
Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Indicator
The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) has been used successfully for more than 30 years to help individuals in a variety of settings understand how different conflict styles affect personal and group dynamics. The TKI measures five conflict-handling modes, or ways of dealing with conflict: competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding, and accommodating.
Participants of Supervisory Challenge will also have the opportunity to take the TKI assessment. Results from this assessment will be discussed during class. Participants are asked to complete the assessment prior to the first day of class following the directions provided in the Welcome Letter.