Participants in the course do an online assessment, including a Myers Briggs Type Inventory prior to the course. At the course, participants receive two reports. The first is your Insights Personal Profile, which reports on your personality style or combination of color energies. It summarizes how you interact with others, how you make decisions, your strengths and weakness, your value to the team, your communication style, your blind spots, your communication with your opposite type and your suggested areas for development.
The second report, your Workplace Report, assesses your emotional intelligence (EQ - i 2.0). The score represents the following areas and discusses the impact of these traits and any strategies for action:
- self-perception (self-regard/self-actualization/emotional self-awareness)
- stress management (flexibility, stress tolerance, optimism)
- decision making (problem solving, reality testing, impulse control)
- self-expression (emotional expression, assertiveness, independence)
- interpersonal skills (interpersonal relationships, empathy, social responsibility)
Through lectures and group activities, participants review the above in depth and with other medical colleagues.
There is increasing interest in improving diversity, equity and inclusion in medical culture. We need to collectively develop a better understanding of personality styles, emotional intelligence, the concept of “the behavior spectrum,” and principled communication. Understanding this diversity among us can improve communication, teamwork and ultimately patient care and safety.
On a personal note, understanding our similarities and our differences also can only help improve our relationships with the most important people in our lives: our partners, kids, families and friends.
Improving self-awareness highlights our talents, our challenges and our psychological development throughout our lives. It shows us that underneath it all, we are much more similar than different. Simply put, we are all only human.
References available upon request.