FREE Developmental Assessments

Self Management is Key to Leadership Development


One of the hallmarks of a good leader is the ability to “manage” oneself. In other words – stay grounded, communicate well, use emotion in a positive way, etc. 

Unfortunately most folks learn self management skills through trial and error – sometimes through life changing and career ending moves, such as Carter Cast’s

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Developing self awareness can be achieved through various assessments to help one to identify their values, their tendencies and their strengths – in order to mitigate or improve upon them. 

Here are a few FREE assessments to get you started. 

Managing Stress and Burnout

Gretchen Rubin researches what makes people tick, and is a prolific author of her findings. Her assessment The 4 Tendencies helps individuals to understand how they respond to expectations. It explains why we act and why we don’t act; and is helpful in managing stress and burnout.

Capitalize on Your Strengths

The High5Test is part Clifton Strengths (formerly Strengths Finder) and part Values in Action. Both assessments, as well as the High5, seek to determine what one is good at and then lead individuals to capitalize on and develop what it is they do well, rather than struggle trying to improve in areas they are weak.

What are your Character Strengths?

Developed by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman in 2004, the Values in Action assessment (VIA) seeks to identify one’s character strengths. You’ll see results in domains such as Wisdom, Tenacity, Courage, Temperance, and more.

It is one of the most well-researched personality assessments holding validity over time, cultures and scientific peer review. The website offers two assessments – one personal, to develop self-knowledge and introspection, and one professional, to help you to bring out the best in others.

Core Values / How You View the World

The Core Values Index (CVI) from Taylor Protocols helps individuals to understand the unique perspective from which they view the world. From that they are able to extrapolate how they will respond to life’s challenges. Directed inward, the CVI helps an individual to make choices that align with their core values – leading to a sense of mission, purpose, and self-confidence.