Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used personality assessment and management development tool that describes people’s preferences for interacting with others, gathering information, making decisions, and organizing their lives.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a management tool that can be applied to several areas, including:
- Improving communication
- Enhancing leadership capability
- Driving innovation
- Managing change
- Resolving conflict
- Building teams
- Making business decisions
Why Classify Personalities?
Understanding your own personality style is a key starting point for developing effectiveness as a leader and as a team member. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) provides an objective way to look at our own behaviour and that of others.
We all think that people think like us – and are often surprised when they don’t. At the heart of the benefits of classifying is improved understanding – receiving objective information about how people behave and why.
What is the MBTI?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychological instrument, based on observable behavior. It was developed from over 50 years of study, testing, use & validation. It is the most widely used instrument for understanding normal personality differences. It identifies 16 different personality types that help explain differences in how people make decisions, communicate and interact.
While the MBTI is intended to measure your innate preferences, preferences should not be confused with competence. Having a preference does not mean that you can’t use the other less preferred parts of your personality, as people can adapt their behaviour to suit the situation.
MBTI is not used to determine a person’s intelligence, job suitability, skill level or maturity. There is no right or wrong, better or worse, type.
What are the MBTI Preferences?
With MBTI, people are grouped into 16 types based on 4 different functions:
1. Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I) – How we get our energy
- People who prefer Extraversion are energized by the outer world of people, activities, actions & things.
- People who prefer Introversion are energized by the inner world of thoughts, ideas, emotions, concepts & impressions.
2. Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N) – How we gather & recall information
- People who prefer Sensing gather information through the 5 senses (see, touch, feel, smell, taste) and are focused on what actually exists.
- People who prefer Intuition gather information through the 6th sense and are focused on what could be.
3. Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) – How we make decisions in our life
- People who prefer Thinking base their decisions on objective analysis, logic, facts & reason.
- People who prefer Feeling base their decisions on subjective personal values. They decide based on what is important to them, how they feel and how it will impact others.
- This function is influenced by gender: 65% of women prefer Feeling, while 65% of men prefer Thinking, and is the preference where most of the conflict between men & women can be accounted for.
- While most leaders prefer Thinking, the majority of leadership and interpersonal skills training is to develop Feeling behaviours.
4. Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P) – How we relate to the outer world & how we like to organize our life
- People with a Judging preference prefer a planned, decided, orderly way of life.
- People with a Perceiving preference prefer a flexible, spontaneous way of life.
MBTI Leadership Development Workshop
We offer a leadership development workshop to optimize individual and team performance. The MBTI workshop covers the following:
- Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Overview of MBTI Functions & Preferences
- Overview of MBTI Type, Temperament and Leadership Styles
- Review MBTI Type Distribution of the Organization
- Review Organizational MBTI Type
- Discuss Team Strengths & Potential Blindspots
- Review Next Steps Back at Work
Our Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop includes group discussions and skill-building exercises to enhance understanding of MBTI and to determine areas of team development. Team members receive a copy of their MBTI Personal Impact Report.
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