What is your Personality Type? Take the test


Turning to page 142 of the Diplomatic Planner, we recommend diplomats to take one of the most popular and comprehensive personality assessments available online, known as 16Personalities. We believe that it is vitally important in knowing yourself on a deeper level. 

The 16Personalities test is made of 60 different questions, which are presented in the form of statements. You will be shown statements like “You enjoy vibrant social events with lots of people”, “You can stay calm under a lot of pressure”, “When it comes to making life-changing choices, you mostly listen to your heart rather than your head” and “You often make decisions on a whim”.

Your answers can consist of three basis kinds: neutral, agree or disagree. You can even express how strongly you agree or disagree to the different statements. Try to respond as accurately as possible. Answer how you actually are, not how you wish you could be, or feel you should be. And remember that there is no right or wrong answer: we should all celebrate who we are – and who we are not.

Once you have completed the assessment, it will show your personality type  – out of the different 16 in total, hence the name “16Personalities” – and a very detailed report, full of interesting insights into yourself and a surprisingly accurate look at who you are deep down, how you walk through the world and why you are motivated to do some of the things you do.

You will be amazed at how much you will learn about your character traits, which include your interests, values, needs, relationships, strengths and weaknesses, workplace habits and most suitable career paths.

As an added feature, the report will also show you a list of famous people with a similar personality to yours, to whom you can easily relate. So if you have an “Advocate” personality for instance, you will learn that some of the famous “advocates” you may know include Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King, among others.

You will need approximately only about 10 minutes to complete it.


Why it is important to know yourself

By helping you to understand your personality in depth, this assessment will make you aware of your own perceptions and reactions to the world around you. This in turn will help you understand how you may differ from other people and that there are different ways of seeing things, which you should be conscious of, might become interested in and may be worth taking into consideration.

This will help you engage with other personalities in a much easier and effective way. Knowing your similarities and differences from the people around you will in fact make it infinitely easier to bridge gaps and connect with one another. And as you already know, this is a crucial aspect if you wish to truly succeed in international relations. But knowing better yourself will also help you make more mindful choices when it comes to your career development.

Some personality types are more creative than others. Some are natural leaders while others are not. If you have a deeper level of awareness of your strongest skills, it will be much easier for you to head towards a career that truly showcases those skills. Knowing where you fall can help you pick a job that aligns with your personality and enables you to thrive.

Let’s assume for instance that after you have taken your assessment, the report helps you discover that you have a particular affinity not only as a leader but also as an individual who thrives when helping others. This could mean that a job as a head of a non-profit organization or of a humanitarian NGO is the best place where your personality type fits in. Perhaps insights regarding your character traits may for example help you realize that it would be perhaps a better idea for you to work as a human rights advocate rather than as a diplomat dealing with free trade negotiations. Maybe perform better when working in smaller teams rather than in extended ones.

Knowing yourself better can also greatly assist you in other apparently simple aspects of your everyday life, such as in your decision-making processes for instance. Let’s assume for example that you are an emotional type of person. In this case, by acknowledging it, you could learn perhaps that it might be a good idea to think twice before making an important decision and ask yourself if it is the result of an emotional or logical reaction. Keep in mind that an emotional decision is not always a wrong decision. However, you need to develop the skills to identify if it is an overall good or bad decision.

In conclusion we can say that understanding better your personality can help you live a more fulfilling life, both on a personal and professional level. And that knowing why you gravitate toward the things that you do allows you to seek out opportunities in a deliberate, intentional way. The opposite is also true - by knowing yourself, you give yourself permission to say no to opportunities that won’t grow you and move you forward.


Other tests you can take

As an added bonus, you may wish to take an alternative behavioral assessment known as the Visual DNA Who am I? Quiz, which you can take conveniently online for free.

This quiz is completely different from the 16Personalities test and is formatted less like question and answer and more like a “pick a photo that you think is pretty” structure. The quiz in fact will show you a collection of images for each given question, and you will be asked to select which visual fits you best based on several different topics.

Once you have finished, it will show how your character defines your outlook on and approach to life.