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[ABCs] V: Traits (Intensity)

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Trait: (noun) a distinguishing characteristic or quality, especially of one’s personal nature: OTHER WORDS FOR trait: peculiarity, mark, attribute, property.

Trait instruments come in many forms and attempt, IMHO, the yeoman’s work of wrestling with the intensity rather than (type) clarity of behavioral preferences.

I do have favorites and the industry of psychology says that if you’re going to use traits the BIG FIVE is the ticket.

It’s described by 5 cornerstone traits that have been chosen by psychologists around the world as the 5 key traits which use the acronym:


  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Before this proclamation and research, other 4-box systems emerged which are also very helpful to include, and all relate to the DiSC in some form.

In SK+INQUIRY, you will be exposed to both.

Interested in your Big 5 Traits?

Click below to take the free online assessment and be sure to screenshot your results for your SK+ Map.
Big 5

Click here for the BIG 5: https://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

Next is Work Patterns and Attitudes,


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Mike R. Jay

Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring, and trusted advice emergent from dynamic inquiry as a means to cue, scaffold, support, lift, and protect; offering inspiration to aspiring leaders who are interested in humaning where being, doing, having, becoming, contributing, protecting, and letting go help people have generative lives.

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