The Johari Window is a great way to reflect on your personality strengths. You may also learn new things about yourself that were not obvious to you. The Johari Window was developed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 and is a method to help people better understand their relationship with themselves as well as others. It can be used by any collection of individuals ranging from independent solopreneurs working together to a corporate workforce.
During the activity, individuals are given a list of adjectives and must select the terms they feel best describe their own personality. Peers are then given the same list of adjectives. All responses are mashed together to give a “window” of responses.
The windows consist of four areas that can yield some interesting considerations.
- Arena: Adjectives that are selected by both the individual and his or her peers are placed into the Arena quadrant. This quadrant represents traits of the individual that both the individual and their peers recognize.
- Private/Façade: Adjectives that are selected only by individuals, but not by any of their peers, are placed into the Private quadrant. This represents information about them that their peers are unaware of. It is then up to the subject to disclose this information or not.
- Blind Spot : Adjectives that are not selected by the individual but only by their peers are placed into the Blind Spot quadrant. These represent information that the subject is not aware of, but others recognize. This quadrant has the potential to highlight talents unrealized by the individual.
- Unknown: Adjectives that were not selected by either individual or their peers remain in the Unknown quadrant, representing the participant’s behaviors or motives that were not recognized by anyone participating. This may be because they do not apply or other traits may appear more dominate.
How do I do it?
The Johari Widow exercise can be found in our list of Asyncronous Activites. Free for up to five individuals. Only the individuals see their Johari Window as a pdf document. It is up to the individuals to share the information with peers. The activity is distributed via email and can be completed on a computer or other mobile device. Once all participants complete the data collection stage, the pdf email is sent out. If one of the individuals does not complete the data entry portion, all participants will receive a report when the activity expires (typically 24 hours).