What do we mean by ‘Temperament”?
“There are two sides to personality, one of which is temperament and the other character. Temperament is a configuration of inclinations, whilst character is a configuration of habits. Character is disposition, temperament pre-disposition” (David Keirsey)
Dr Keirsey was so fascinated with what made people do as they did that he made it his life’s work. In overview, what he says is that; at our core, we have some built-in attributes that life experience moderates to produce our character. And while our experience continues to build day by day, our core remains the same.
Temperament theory, as researched and validated by Keirsey, assigns meaningful descriptions to each of 4 groups based on 2 easily observed different factors. Watch the video below to learn more.
I’m a “certified Temperament Professional” – which means that I’m one of the few people in the UK able to use the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) to generate team as well as individual profiles.
While the KTS-II provides great value to individuals in self-understanding, the real value of the KTS-II tool is when it is used to profile a whole team, including the leader.
Using a Temperament map ª and understanding your teams mission we can do a gap analysis between the relative strengths that you have and you require. Often we find that a team is missing a core strength that can be provided by drawing on the team members skills in a different way, or sourcing it from elsewhere in your organisation