Using the personality profiling tool, courses are delivered to cater to the needs of individuals in the room on the day. Even if one training session is attended by multiple groups in the same company, the delivery of each session will be altered to suit the personality type, needs, backgrounds and learning goals of each group.
Personality types – and their impact on learning
Pd has determined four key personality types when it comes to L&D:
- Directive Driver: These self-directed learners will often have a high abandonment rate if the content of a learning program isn’t concise, or moments of realisation and understanding are not delivered quickly or frequently enough.
In a classroom environment, you will lose these people quickly if they are weighed down with history or unnecessary details.
Directive Drivers will happily take part in activities, but they need to be pointed and purposeful.
- Contemplative Advisor: These people need access to time and a quiet space along with a deadline that they need to meet. They will happily pore over online content – particularly if they have the time and luxury to work through case studies, facts and details.
In classroom settings, Contemplative Advisors are the least likely to be comfortable participating in role playing activities or group work, ahieving a greater outcome by listening, observing and performing written tasks. Asking them to join in could be met with resistance, and they could spend too much time worrying about being in the spotlight to absorb the content.