The Spotlight Domains

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Rachel Scriven
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SpotLight uses five work related Domains:


Why 5? These are based on the "Big 5" model of personality, but renamed to give a direct link to how this personality trait is likely to show up in day to day work behaviour and relationships.

Each domain is made up of 2 or 3 sub-domains in the form of questions for how your personality shows up.

For example...

Focusing on people and tasks:

Do you protect your own interests or act with others in mind?
Do you make allowances for others or expect them to look after themselves?  
Do you trust what you are told or do you look for proof?



Spectrum of Personality

It's important to realise each domain has a "High" and a "Low side - describing opposite styles along the same continuum. 

Here is an example of 2 opposite strength statements: 


Making decisions and setting goals: Do you decide quickly or take time to think?

Someone at one end of this spectrum might have the strength: 

You...are very flexible and willing to listen to others' views.

While someone at the opposite end of the same spectrum would have the statement:

You...have strong opinions and are assertive, determined and goal focussed


You can see the key adjectives used describe a very different personality style along the same spectrum, from flexible to determined. This is the same for all of the domains. 

For each subdomain, an individual will have one of 5 possible statements, reflecting their personality in relation to others around them.  There are no right or wrong statements. There are always Strengths and Risks for everyone, these are just different with different personalities at play. 

Spotlight doesn't show an individual where they are along each domain, as this would require a more in depth debrief to explain the scoring and calculation. Instead, it simply shows someone if this is a particularly strong personality preference compared to most other people. You can read more about how Spotlight shows similarity here. 





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