Personality at Play: Sports Coaching using the Hogan Assessments

Imagine the final minute of a national championship match. The fate of the game relies on the final scoring opportunity. The top player receives the ball and the coach is relying on this player to take the winning shot. Instead, the player passes the ball to a teammate, who shoots and misses. The team loses.

Scenarios like this are common in the world of sports. Talent and ability are not the only variables impacting the performance of athletes, teams, and coaches. In the previously described scenario, what causes the star player to pass rather than shoot? The influencing variable may be more difficult to identify than one would think. It requires the consideration of individual differences, and how these differences impact team dynamics and overall performance.

The Hogan Assessment Systems suite of personality assessments enable coaches and athletes to strategically identify developmental opportunities beyond physical training. The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) offers insights to how normal personality impacts performance, the Hogan Development Survey (HDS) provides a look at extreme personality displays, most often hindering performance, and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) describes performance drivers.

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