Who are you?

Last summer, I decided that I wanted to know more about my personality in relation to my leadership skills. Part of my search for knowledge included taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory. I did it because I needed to have a better understanding of individuals and how their personalities form organizational cultures.

I also realized that I need to know how to assess situations so that I either step up for the leadership role, yield to another person to facilitate growth, or observe instead of speaking. Eventually, I completed the certification course and began offering a discussion in one of my classes about personality types.  I find this discussion important because functioning in a teamwork-driven atmosphere requires the ability to communicate and show empathy.

These skills are important for school librarians because we interact with our entire school communities. Our position comes with the responsibility of navigating interactions with a variety of personality types. We are effective when we understand who we are and who is on our team. Working in a rapidly changing environment can be easier if one is able to grasp how people perceive our actions. Hence, taking an assessment such as the MBTI can help us to:

  • Understand the tendencies related to our personality types
  • Recognize how these tendencies can impact other people
  • Identify how certain behaviors may limit successful interactions
  • Assess how one approaches conflict
  • Determine what can be done to improve our communication styles
  • Capitalize on the strengths of our communication styles

If you are going to take an assessment, there are some things that you should keep in mind. For example, there is no ideal personality type. Personality types are also not negative. Instead, we are all people with unique talents to offer.

Moreover, for an assessment to be accurate, you need to be honest with yourself. When you answer the questions, don’t answer according to how you want to be perceived, the traits that you believe are the most important for your job, or the traits that seem to be the most attractive to the people that you care about. Answer based on who you are at your innermost core. Then you will be able to get tips that match your needs.

In conclusion, this post only touches the surface on how personality assessments can help you plan for your future. The starting point for improvement is awareness. Please note that I am not advocating for one type of assessment. There are many tools that you can use to learn more about your personality. An example is the DiSC model .

When you decide to take an assessment, I highly recommend meeting with someone who is certified instead of taking a random copycat assessment online. A computer can respond with a personality type based on your input. But you may not agree with the results. A reasonably priced consultant can help you work through the discrepancies and create a plan of action for improvement. Please see the August 2018 professional development below.

Note: The picture used in this post was purchased from DepositPhotos. 

August 2018 Professional Development

Organization Date & Time Professional Development Title
ASCD Webinars August 14, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Reciprocal Teaching: New Insights and Tools for Boosting Reading Comprehension
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) August 14- 15, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

Working with Digital Repositories


edWeb.net August 1, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Apps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
August 6, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT Level Up Your Makerspace


August 7, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Unlocking Time: Let’s Make Every Minute Count


August 7, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Using Data to Ensure Students Are Tech Ready


August 8, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 EDT 5 Things to Give Up So Your Struggling Readers Won’t
August 9, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Trauma-Sensitive Practices for a Positive, Thriving Classroom
August 9, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT Reading and the Brain
August 13, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Educating Students and Parents About Privacy and Technology Overuse
August 14, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Best Practices for Promoting Development: Birth to Age Three
August 15, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Framing Language for English Learners


August 16, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Creative Expression as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Tool
August 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT Creating Student Voice and Choice for Coding and Robotics
August 29, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT Cultivating Future Ready Admin: Leading Digital Transformation Through Personalized Professional Development
Info2Go August 20, 2018 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM MDT Identifying and Confronting Microaggressions in Our Libraries
OCLC Webjunction August 14, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Digging into Assessment Data: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the Trade
School Library Journal August 15, 2018 (all day) SLJ teen live, virtual conference
Simple K12 August 2, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT Classroom Management Tips for Kids and Adolescents
August 2, 2018 01:00 PM – 01:30 PM EDT Learning to Go! The Basics of Mobile Learning
August 11, 2018 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT Getting Started with Makerspaces and STEAM
August 11, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT STEAM Up Learning to Inspire Inquiry, Critical Thinking, and Problem-solving
August 11, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google
August 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT Getting Started with Virtual Reality in Your Classroom
August 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Connect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps
August 11, 2018 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think
August 15, 2018 3:00 PM – 03:30 PM EDT Google Chrome: One of the Best Browsers for Educators
August 21, 2018 2:00 PM – 02:30 PM EDT Using Google Forms and Tablets for Classroom Walk-Throughs
August 23, 2018 4:00 PM – 04:30 PM EDT Creative Ways to Fund the Cash-Strapped Classroom
TeachersFirst August 1, 2018 5:00 PM –6:30 PM CDT Level Up Your Google Forms: Differentiate with Branching
August 7, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT Proven Techniques to Improve Reading and Writing
August 8, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT Digital Storytelling Pt. 3
August 14, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown



Author: Daniella Smith

Daniella Smith, PhD. is a former school and public librarian. She is currently the Hazel Harvey Peace Professor in Children’s Library Services at the University of North Texas.

Categories: Advocacy/Leadership, Blog Topics, Community/Teacher Collaboration, Professional Development

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2 replies

  1. I am wondering if every month you create a list like the August Professional Development list above.

  2. Yes, I create one every month.

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