Tools for team success – using psychometrics and team assessment tools effectively

Team leaders and coaches are often shy of using assessment tools and psychometrics for team development or coaching. Or, they limit their use of these tools to ‘type profilers’ like the MBTI, Belbin & 4 Elements. Type profiling tools can offer an extremely useful starting point for understanding teams and are easy and relatively non-threatening option to use in most team contexts. For those who want to extend their use of tools to support high performance team working, there is a wide range of options available. From psychometric assessments like WAVE and 16P to specialised tools like Sociomapping and the Team Diagnostic Survey which go deeper into individual and team dynamics, team process, structure and context. Used expertly, robust assessment tools will take your team to new levels, enabling you to focus on team as well as individual factors to support high performance team working.