Designing a fulfilling career can feel like a series of monumental decisions. At the same time, it can also feel like guesswork. While the following may seem like pretty straightforward questions, the truth is that most people have a hard time answering them.

  • Who am I (in terms of my interests and innate personality)?
  • Why is work important to me? What motivates me?
  • What do I most enjoy doing?
  • What am I good at? What are my blind spots?
  • Where do I most enjoy working and how do I most enjoy working?

Greater self-understanding results in better decisions and more effective implementation of those decisions.

CareerLeader is a career assessment that has been developed using data from over 45,000 business professionals in the past 15 years. It was developed at Harvard Business School and is offered to MBA and EMBA students at all top U.S. business schools and employers like Google, Bain and Novartis. Unlike traditional personality tests (MBTI, 16PF etc.) CareerLeader measures your core interests, skills and motivations, then compares them to successful people in a variety of business careers. It then predicts career paths that you are likely to enjoy and succeed in and describes the elements of organizational culture that will be key to your success and happiness. Finally, it identifies any career Achilles heels that may interfere with your career success. Note: If you are a client and interested in a traditional personality assessment like the MBTI or 16PF, ask your consultant. We offer these free of charge.

There are two reasons I like CareerLeader and sometimes recommended it to clients:

  • sometimes To help with career orientation: Are you at an inflection point in your career? Whether you’ve already formed an idea of what path you’d like to take or your looking for inspiration, taking the CareerLeader assessment can help supplement your decision making.
  • more often To help clients generate material stories for their resume and job interviews.

CareerLeader provides very detailed insight in five areas:

  • Interests: there are eight interest areas including application of technology, coaching & mentoring, creative production, enterprise control, influencing others, managing people & teams, quantitative analysis, theory development & research
  • Motivators: there are thirteen motivators including affiliation, altruism, autonomy, financial gain, intellectual challenge, lifestyle, managing people, positioning,  power & influence, prestige, recognition, security, variety
  • Skills: there are thirty-one skills including ability to compromise, ability to teach, action-orientation, assertiveness, comfort with differences, comfort with risk, conflict tolerance, creative thinking, critical thinking, day-to-day responsibility, decisiveness, delegating, empathy skills, flexibility, gaining trust, influence, leadership confidence, listening skills, merit-orientation, motivational ability, multiple focus (juggling), openness to criticism, oral communication, organizational priority, persistence, political skill, power-orientation, projection of confidence, quantitative analysis, quick thinking, recognition of opportunity, resilience, respect for others, self-control, sensitivity & tact, sociability, strategic thinking, teamwork, time management, work ethic, written communication
  • Career Match: ranks your results (interests, motivators and skills) relative to people in the following jobs accounting, advertising account management, business development and sales, commercial banking, entrepreneurship, finance in corporate settings, financial planning and stock brokerage, general management, human resource management, information systems management, institutional securities sales, investment banking, investment management (portfolio management and securities analysis), law real estate finance, management consulting, management in science and engineering, management of new project development, marketing and marketing management, non-profit management (higher education, government and human services), private equity investment (including leveraged buy-out), production and operations management, project management, public relations and communications, real estate development, research and development management, retail management, sales management, securities trading, strategic planning, supply chain management, training and organizational development, venture capital
  • Culture Match: describes four organizational culture factors and tells you which ones you should seek out and which to avoid. The four cultural factors are collaboration & consideration, extraversion & decisiveness, innovation & change, precision & planning

If you plan on working with I’d suggest signing up for CareerLeader through our corporate account. This will give your consultant full access to your results for discussion and analysis. If you don’t plan on working with, visit the CareerLeader website where you can register for the assessment. CareerLeader costs about $95. You can take the exam twice.

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