Psychometric Tests for Risk Managers

Hats off to risk vendors Active Risk, who are doing some research into an area long neglected. When recruiting, it is important not to judge the quality of a candidate based solely on their qualifications and experience. Personality counts for a lot too. Active Risk is doing psychometric testing of risk managers; see here. They found that 60% of risk managers are ‘reactive introverts’ per the DISC methodology. But Active Risk questioned if this personality type has the powers of persuasion needed to transform the culture of a business, and highlighted the importance of employing risk managers who can drive change. The other 40% of risk managers are inherently ‘proactive’. 30% are ‘proactive extroverts’ (aka ‘evangelists’) whilst 10% are ‘proactive introverts’ (best summarized as ‘demanding butt-kickers’).

You can find out your DISC personality type by taking the online test at Active Risk’s site. For the record, I am a proactive extrovert, but with a distinct streak of proactive introvert. Perhaps that explains why I keep mouthing off in public, complaining that risk management is too reactive… ;)

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.