The Development of the Personality Audit: A Psychodynamic Multiple Feedback Assessment Instrument (2006)

Manfred Kets de Vries, Pierre Vrignaud, Konstantin Korotov, Elisabet Engellau, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy

"Design, development & validation of the PA"

The Personality Audit (PA) was developed to meet a need for a relatively simple multiple feedback instrument that could clarify the various motivational needs of executives. Using a psychodynamic approach to leadership, the PA allows the test-taker to assess him- or herself in seven personality dimensions important in human behavior to identify personal blind spots. The resulting insights can be used to formulate appropriate leadership development goals.

The objective of this article is to describe the design and psychometric properties of the PA. This instrument, in contrast with other tools that can be used to clarify the inner theater of individuals, is designed not only to report information given by the test-taker but also to reflect the perceptions of observers representing both the test-taker public and private spheres. This article describes in detail the conceptual foundations of the questionnaire, the psychometric methods used to confirm its validity and reliability, and possible directions for future research.

International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2006

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