At some point in your career or your life, you’ve probably had to sit down and take a personality style test. Many of these tests are diagnostic in nature – and you get your scores at the end, only to find out you that you are an introvert or that you are intuitive.
Chances are good that you already know this about yourself – at least to some degree – and you may feel labelled without having any practical knowledge about what to do with that information. It is essential to have an understanding of your own personality style in order to relate to other people and overcome barriers to rapport, but it is also important to develop your ability to understand others, to relate to others, and to meet other people where they are.
The CARE profile is different from other tests in that it offers tools for building relationships and overcoming barriers to rapport. Instead of just providing a diagnostic personality result as a label, the CARE profile serves as a guide book for learning to develop rapport and build relationships with people from every personality style.
Read more about unlocking your social and emotional intelligence with the CARE Profile here.
Developing your social intelligence is like developing any skill. It takes time, patience, and practice. By learning to use the CARE profile and other tools for building rapport, you will likely see your facility with personality profiles improve in three stages of mastery.
The first stage of developing your social intelligence is to learn your own behaviors and traits that make up your primary and secondary personality styles and to become aware of how you exhibit those behaviors and traits in your daily life. You will start to become aware of the characteristics of each personality style in your friends and family and may be able to see the differences between their personality style and others.
At this stage, you will learn how to observe behaviors and traits in yourself and others and categorize them into the four CARE styles. You will see the importance of understanding personality styles and can imagine how that knowledge will improve your relationships and lead to greater rapport.
Over time, you will understand each of the four personality styles without having to think about what traits and behaviors make up each personality style. You will be in the habit of observing others and understand how their own personality style influences their relationships and rapport.
In this stage, when you are not sure of a personality style, you will learn to focus on obtaining more information. You can rely on both your own intuition and your colleagues to help you understand others, to constantly observe yourself, and to become increasingly aware of the effect of your own behavior upon different personality styles. You will use new experiences to increase your self-knowledge about your motivations and how to achieve better relationships with others.
As a “master” of the CARE profile, you will understand personality styles so well that you generally do not think in terms of labeling clients, friends, and coworkers by personality any longer. Your observation of others will be automatic, as will be your knowledge of how a person’s traits and behaviors influence their personalities. You will be aware of your own personality style and can easily assess situations and identify how you are likely to interact with others. Because you will understand your own interpersonal chemistry, you will have very few people problems and face challenges with confidence.
Get the full guide to mastering the CARE Profile here.