Psychometrics: Coaching & Leadership

  • Share This:

Be a Coach, Become a Leader

How well we lead and work with others tends to correlate with how well we get along with them. Teamwork is easy when the people we work with are similar to ourselves. Similar is comfortable, after all. Conversely, building unity out of differences, while often resulting in stronger relationships, can be a bit more challenging.

This is true whether we’re working on-site or online. Different personalities clash around urgency, communication, and more. As Indeed outlines here, success can be driven in any work environment when we adopt a coach mindset. By imagining ourselves in a game of strategy, we can analyze opportunities and challenges from a different, perhaps more objective perspective.

The understanding of psychometrics—the measures of mental capabilities and behavioral processes—is how good leaders, like good coaches, use data to navigate individual dynamics on a team to glean the best out of everyone while simultaneously building cohesion.

A coach mindset can help us focus on teamwork, unified strategy, and continuous improvement. By leveraging individual strengths and blind spots—while providing constructive feedback for each—we can form the basis for collective growth. It’s a point emphasized in this TED Talk by executive coach Saba Imru Mathieu.

Skillful navigation of personalities and the nuanced psychometrics thereof helps us build alignment and chemistry on our teams and in ourselves. Understanding what motivates and sustains each other also allows us to improve team culture, as discussed in this podcast with mindfulness teacher Kim Nicol and growth and strategy leader Lawrence Patrick.

Even a peripheral appreciation for the uniqueness of our team as individuals can empower us to create a flourishing environment for everyone—a point illustrated across various films and TV shows from The Mighty Ducks to Ted Lasso.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
― President John Quincy Adams

Do you have an idea you want to share with an empowered community of self-aware professionals? If you’d like to contribute an idea or article to ‘In The Flow of Work’ on the Evolve blog, just send us a message or submit a post to our Head of Content, Adam Schneider

Related Content

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
Conflicting Currents of Personality

Walking Contradictions Each of us is a complex person full of unique nuances and varying dimensions. The SurePeople Prism® empowers us to recognize and address these different dimensions, even when our personalities consist of two contradicting...

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
Between the Bases: Coaching Leaders

Coaching Capacity As part of an ongoing athletics series, we’ll surface stories about unique situations from the world of sports through the lens of Prism®: Strike three! That marks the sixth loss in a row....

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
Coaching Beyond Bias

Affirmation & Motivation As part of an ongoing athletics series, we’ll surface stories about unique situations from the world of sports through the lens of Prism: Up to this point, in her career as...

Man with beard resting head on hand, and a woman in the foreground, both looking up at a presentation.

Insights on People Analytics, Self-Mastery, High-Performance Teams and the Future of Work

Get insights delivered to your inbox.