DISC, StrengthsFinder, and many more archetype tests are all based on the same foundation – Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics (NE).
Archetype tests generally tell you why you do what you do – something that Aristotle was intrigued by. In NE, he wrote about the seven desires which drive decisions. Each desire motivates us (trigger), strengthens us (advantage), and has an opposing weakness.
Aristotle also documented that that only two or three of these desires become prevalent over time and make up your Decision Making Archetype, a combination of Motivation and Strengths.
Below are the Advantage Archetypes (your strengths). Simply identify the top 2 or 3 that resonate with you most.
You create an environment where every player (regardless of skill) has a place and voice on your team. You make individuals feel like they are part of something bigger. You'd prefer everyone get a vote and have an equal part in the decision-making process rather than making a decision for them.
A little extra. The elusive deal.
Find what others missed.
You dive into the deep end first and then work your way out to the big picture. You leave no stone unturned and find what others usually miss. You see value in each step of the process and you need to know how the process words. You create outcomes that give you a winning advantage first.
Your start with the big-picture and bottom line before getting into the details (if needed). You make complex processes simpler, faster, and better. Details feel like clutter and they can exhaust you. You'd prefer to erase whiteboard and start from scratch rather than go through the process of learning it all.
Better brand power. Can harness that which deserves recognition.
You know the value of your brand and make smart decisions to increase it. As a powerfully autonomous decision-maker you instinctively create a collection of the best people, places, things, and actions that deserve recognition. You decide what is best and then get others on board.
Record-breaking team builder
You work with the best of the best, therefore you develop a team of A-players. You love gamification: from how quickly you can make it home from work to reaching financial goals. You want to know the rules of the game so you can be seen as the record-breaker. Setting records the first times isn't as exciting.
Creates, leverages, and get the most out of opportunities.
You're a resource renegade who doesn't wait for things to happen; you make them happen. You connect the dots to create opportunities that drive value in places that aren't obvious. You know how to stretch a minute, a dollar, and turn anything into 3x its value.
Recognizes the next best thing now
You thrive on the latest, greatest, and are the alpha-tester for new ideas. Your drive to try something new makes you an optimistic risk-taker who propels new ideas forward. You'll invest time, money, and work to be on the cutting edge of what's new, next, and now.