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Why The BASIS-A?, Part 2

I realized that my elevator speech in the previous blog post was more about me and not so focused on the BASIS-A itself. So here is another attempt to showcase what it is about the BASIS-A that makes it so different from other leadership and/or personality assessments out there. Last time I shared about the psychology of use rather than possession - that it doesn't matter as much the traits we possess but ultimately how we use them in all that we do.

Equally important is the interconnectedness among the traits. Truly the value in experiencing a BASIS-A consultation is in seeing just how each trait influences and is influenced by other traits. Even though the scales are distinct entities unto themselves with a unique, inherent strength, the real value is the holistic view of how your strengths from each trait inform the other ones.

Just as with other personality assessments, you can get a basic, superficial understanding by simply taking the BASIS-A and reading about what the scores mean from an interpretive key. You'd be doing yourself a great disservice, though. The consultation process illuminates on a deep level how you use each trait/strength and how that one plays off of the others. This holistic perspective is a fundamental aspect of Adlerian psychology and therefore it underlies the BASIS-A Inventory.

So when you want to move beyond surface understanding into comprehensive knowing, the BASIS-A Inventory provides the structure to delve deeper, through consultation, into how your strengths are all connected and why you choose to use them in consistent ways. It's like a card game, but I'll save that for the next post.

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