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Personality Tests

DiSC 

The DiSC assessment is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior. You’ll also receive tips related to working with people of other styles.

Emotional Intelligence

To gain a deeper understanding of your own emotional intelligence, respond to the statements as honestly as possible. You will see how you rated yourself on five critical dimensions of Emotional Intelligence. Other people’s perspectives matter too. After reviewing your scores, ask one or two trusted friends to evaluate you using the same statements, to learn whether your own insights match what others see in you.

Implicit Bias Test

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

LawFit

LawFit is an online self-assessment tool designed to help you identify legal practice areas that match your interests, motivators, and preferred work style. The assessment consists of 235 questions and takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. A report with your results will be emailed to you. Use code Amicus to take the test for free. It is best to take this assessment in one sitting.

Leadership Orientations Self-Assessment

Lee Bolman and Terry Deal outlined their Four-Frame model in their book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (1991). Bolman and Deal stated that leaders should look at and approach organizational issues from four perspectives, which they called ‘Frames’. The frames are: Structural, Human Resource, Political, and Symbolic. Bolman and Deal proposed that a leader should see their organisation’s challenges through these four Frames to gain an overall view, and to decide which Frame or Frames to use. This self-assessment will help you identify your leadership orientations.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI is a standardized test designed to provide some insight into your preferences, tendencies, and characteristics. It is based upon character types developed by Carl Jung, in his work, Psychological Types. It is one of the most widely used psychological testing instruments in the world today. If you would like to take the MBTI, please send an email to ocs@law.harvard.edu to request an assessment. For more information, visit this helpful page from Career Services.

CliftonStengths

Completing the online talent assessment is your way to discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents into strengths, and use your personalized results and reports to maximize your potential.

Books

Books

Burnett, Bill, and Evans, Dave. Designing Your Life. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016.

Cain, Susan. Quiet : the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. 1st ed., Crown Publishers, 2012.

Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. EPub ed., HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.

Collins, Jim. Good to Great / Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. 2004.

Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic. 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed., Free Press, 2003.

Duckworth, Angela. Grit : the Power of Passion and Perseverance. First Scribner hardcover ed., Scribner, 2016.

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit : Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Random House Trade Paperback ed., Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.

Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House, 2006. Print.

Fisher, Roger, et al. Getting to Yes : Negotiating Agreement without Giving In. 3rd ed., rev. ed., Penguin, 2011.

Frances Frei, and Anne Morriss. Uncommon Service. 1st ed., Harvard Business Review Press, 2012.

Goleman, Daniel, et al. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Tenth anniversary ed., Harvard Business Review Press, 2016.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Leadership in Turbulent Times. First Simon & Schuster hardcover ed., Simon & Schuster, 2018.

Hirshman, Linda R. Sisters in Law : How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. First ed., Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal, Reframing Organizations, Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, 6th Edition, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc., 1997.

Maxwell, John C. Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. Thomas Nelson, 2000.

Rhimes, Shonda. Year of Yes. First Simon & Schuster hardcover ed., Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Steele, Claude. Whistling Vivaldi : and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. 1st ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

Articles

Articles

Blomme, R. J., Kodden, B., &  Beasley-Suffolk, A. (2015). Leadership theories and the concept of work engagement: Creating a conceptual framework for management implications and research. Journal of Management & Organization, 21, 125–144.

Bonchek, Mark and France, Cara, “How Leaders Can Keep Their Cool in a Crisis,” Harvard Business Review, February 12, 2018.

Chemers, M. M. (2000). Leadership research and theory: A functional integration. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4, 27–43.

Christina Pazzanese, “Joke Your Way to Success,” Harvard Gazette, October 5, 2016.

Clayton M. Christensen, “How Will You Measure Your Life?”,Harvard Business Review, July 1, 2010, 5 pages.

Collins and Porras, “Building Your Company’s Vision” Harvard Business Review, SeptemberOctober 2006, pp. 65-70.

Coster, Helen. “How To Give A Great Speech”, Forbes.com, August 16, 2010. 2 pages.

Dweck, Carol, “What Having a Growth Mindset Actually Means”, Harvard Business Review, January 13, 2016.

Henry Mintzberg, “The Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact”, Harvard Business Review, March April 1990, pp.163-176.

Ian Davis, “Letter to a newly appointed CEO”, in McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey Company, June 1, 2010.

Jackson, R. W., Wood, C. M., & Zboja, J. J. (2013). The dissolution of ethical decision-making in organizations: A comprehensive review and model. Journal of Business Ethics, 116, 233–250.

John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter, “Managing Your Boss”, Harvard Business Review, January 2005.

Julie Battilana and Marissa Kimsey, “Should You Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate?”, Stanford Innovation Social Review, September 18, 2017.

Robert Keegan, Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, and Matthew Miller, “Making Business Personal”, Harvard Business Review, April 2014.

Ronald A. Heifitz and Donald L. Laurie, “The Work of Leadership”, Harvard Business Review, January-February 1997, pp. 124-134.

Thiel, C. E., Bagdasarov, Z., Harkrider, L., Johnson, J. F., & Mumford, M. D. (2012). Leader ethical decision-making in organizations: Strategies for sensemaking. Journal of Business Ethics, 107, 49–64.

Toor, S. (2011). Differentiating leadership from management: An empirical investigation of leaders and managers. Leadership and Management in Engineering, 11, 310–320.

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