We like Rokeach’s Personal Values Survey. We believe that understanding your values is important, at least for some people, and that this tool is a useful way to get a high level view of what your values are. As with all such exercises, it’s not cut and dry and you, or others, might find it a bit frustrating to complete.
The things that you choose as your priorities and key values today may not be your key values tomorrow, but the larger groupings will probably be fairly accurate. It is important to step back and reflect on your values, as well as where they come from, if you’re looking to deepen your self awareness.
This exercise could be a useful starting point for coaches or leaders looking to help individuals develop their self awareness. It’s worth remembering, though, that the values in this tool are quite broad and life focused and that other, more career or work focused tools exist that may be more helpful in certain circumstances.