The BOLT Personality Profile Test
What Is Your Personality Profile?
Are You a Bull, Owl, Lamb, or Tiger?
The BOLT personality test acronym stands for bull, owl, lamb, and tiger. Everyone has a personality type similar to one of these four animals or a combination of two. Studies prove that the four animal types are extremely consistent in their behaviors and decision-making processes. The accuracy rate in which behaviors can be predicted among the personality profiles is around 90%. You can take the free BOLT quiz below to find out if you are a bull, owl, lamb, or tiger, but first, let's talk about how BOLT personality profiling originated and why it's useful.
Why Was the BOLT Personality Test Created?
Mr. Charles J. Clarke III is the creator of the BOLT personality profile concept. BOLT profiling was created to increase work productivity (increase sales), improve customer service skills, and build better relationships (work and personal). Mr. Clarke found that there are four basic types of personalities, and by knowing and learning about each type, people could develop better interpersonal skills.
Most of us are far more effective at relationships when we have a good understanding of a person's psychological makeup. This has been proven over and over again. The ability to understand the basic personality types of people goes a long way in understanding human needs and motivations.
About 12 years ago, the company I worked for decided to bring Mr. Clarke in for a day-long seminar along with testing. I was initially very skeptical and looked at the theory as just another useless sales tool. Surprisingly, by the end of the seminar, my opinion changed. My 50 coworkers and I found this information to be helpful.
My job performance improved by using BOLT, and most studies have shown that it helps to improve communication and people skills. I find it useful to quickly size up a customer's personality and adapt my sales and customer service skills to suit that individual. Any improvement in communication skills will be helpful in all areas of life.
Improve Your Interpersonal Skills With BOLT
Determine Your Animal Personality Profile
Now it's time to have some fun! There are four sections of traits. Follow these instructions to begin:
- Place a number next to each trait.
- Select an answer based on how YOU see yourself (not as others see you).
- Reference the numbering system in the table below.
Is the most like you
Is moderately like you
Is moderately not like you
Is least like you
What Are Your Traits?
Prefer Security to Prestige ____
Does Not Like Overexcitement ____
Checks the Balance to the Penny ____
Not a Risk-Taker ____
Always on Time ____
Clothes Always Arranged Neatly ____
Think Over Major Decisions ____
Enjoys Own Company ____
Total Neat-Freak ____
TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in section one.
On Time Due to Fear of Others' Opinions ____
Avoids Conflict ____
Slow to Make Decisions ____
Frequently Changes Mind ____
Likes Others' Opinions ____
TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in section two.
The Bottom-Line Is Important ____
Likes People to Get to the Point ____
Likes Prestige & Status More Than Security ____
Fast Decision-Maker ____
Prefers Others to Do Tasks for Them ____
Loves Challenges ____
Organized Messy Person (messy but knows where everything is) ____
TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in section three.
Very Socially Oriented ____
High Risk-Taker ____
Social Relationships Are a Priority ____
Recognition Is Very Important ____
Throws Clothes to the Wind When Removed ____
Often Late ____
Not Into Details ____
Very, Very Messy ____
TOTAL _____ add up all the numbers selected in section four.
Interpreting Your Test Results
- Now add up all the points from the four sections
- Write an "O" by the first section total
- Write an "L" by the second section total
- Write a "B" by the third section total
- Write a "T" by the fourth section total
The section in which you scored the highest points in is your primary personality type. The section in which you scored the second highest points in is your secondary personality type. Most of us are a combination of types, however, the highest points in any given section is your dominant personality type.
Are You a Bull?
Personality Traits of the Bull
- Gets to the bottom line quickly
- Seeks control
- No frills, just facts
- Hard to convince
How to Deal With a Bull
Bulls prefer directness and getting right to the point. Do not go off on tangents or you will lose them. Be confident in your dealings with them and make sure you know what you are talking about as they can be a bit impatient. Don't try to tell them they are wrong; they need to be shown the facts to make their own determinations. Don't use frills and fluff when dealing with a "bull."
Are You an Owl?
Personality Traits of the Owl
- Studies everything
- Deep thinker
- Relates best to logical order
- Takes time to make a decision
How to Deal With an Owl
Owls are generally introverted and serious in nature. Everything must be analyzed and all questions must be fully answered for an owl to feel most comfortable. Too much excitement is unsettling to an owl—they like stability and routine or else they are out of their comfort zone. You can't rush an owl to make a decision and it is best to present the facts clearly and concisely and let an owl make up its own mind. The "owl" is very sharp and very reliable. You only get one chance with an owl, so don't mess it up.
Are You a Lamb?
Personality Traits of the Lamb
- Avoids conflict
- More easily agreeable
- Seeks to please
- Hard time making decisions
- Can be an introvert or an extrovert
- Hard to read feelings
How to Deal With a Lamb
Lambs are generally more soft-spoken and move at a much slower pace. They are good listeners, but they do have a hard time making decisions. Patience is a virtue when dealing with a lamb. They can be outgoing or introverted and are generally kind and amenable. Lambs don't feel comfortable with too much force or directness. Use your words and actions wisely and at a slower pace to make them feel the most comfortable. You must gently nudge a lamb. The "lamb" will flee if frightened.
Are You a Tiger?
Personality Traits of the Tiger
- Wears feelings on the outside
- Quick decision maker
How to Deal With a Tiger
Tigers are playful, so relevant chitchat is fine before launching into the core of a discussion. Tigers won't give you clues as to what they are thinking and are fast and direct communicators. They are a little more flexible and playful compared to the bull; when pushed, the "tiger" will hold its own.