Myers- Briggs Personality Types: A quick glance

Posted: Nov 14 2014

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a superb tool in all walks of life, especially in the world of work and business. Here TCC breaks it down into an easy guide. 

The assessment is based on tried and tested psychological theory, and the results can be used to benefit both individuals and teams alike. Some of the areas that benefit from MBTI testing include:

  • Team Development

The assessment will identify both individual and team strengths and weaknesses. This will enable you, as a manager, to create action plans that are tailored to your team and conducive to improving their performance.

  • Leadership Development

An MBTI assessment will provide insight into a leader's personality and preferences. This will equip them with the knowledge they need to work to their full potential and manage their team and responsibilities in the best possible way.

  • Conflict Management, Stress Management and Communication

By determining individual personalities and preferences, you will be able to spot the sources of conflict and stress within your team. Consequently, you will learn how to deal with such situations on an individual basis, as and when they arise.

Understanding how your team members work as individuals and how they function together is the best way to ensure proper communication and cooperation. Looking for corporate entertainment ideas? Then why not visit our website now and discover our range of activities.

You could argue that before you worry about booking extravagant team building days, you should focus on getting to know your team better by organising a team development day that incorporates the MBTI assessment.

That way, not only will you be able to help your team work better on a day to day basis, but you will be able to organise team building days to suit the personalities on your team.For now, let's just look at the features of the personality types as defined by the Myers-Briggs model.

Extraverts

  • Have high energy levels
  • Talk more than they listen
  • Think out loud
  • Act first, think later
  • Like to be social, prefer being with lots of people
  • Prefer public roles
  • Get distracted easily
  • Enjoy multitasking
  • Are outgoing and enthusiastic

Introverts

  • Have a quiet, calm energy
  • Listen more than they talk
  • Think things through quietly in their head
  • Think before they act
  • Feel comfortable alone
  • Prefer working behind-the-scenes
  • Have good levels of concentration
  • Like to focus on one thing at a time
  • Are more reserved and introspective

Sensors

  • Focus on the specifics
  • Prefer practical solutions
  • Are detail-oriented and remember the facts
  • Approach things pragmatically, focusing on "what is"
  • Live in the moment
  • Trust experience
  • Prefer using established skills
  • Like instructions
  • Work at a steady pace

Intuitives

  • Focus on the big picture and the possibilities
  • Prefer creative ideas
  • Notice all that is new or different
  • Approach things inventively, focusing on "what could be"
  • Think about the future and any possible repercussions
  • Trust their instincts
  • Prefer learning new skills
  • Like figuring things out themselves
  • Work in energetic bursts

Feelers

  • Make decisions based on their feelings
  • Appear warm and friendly
  • Let how they feel convince them
  • Are diplomatic and tactful
  • Prefer compassion and harmony
  • Take a lot personally
  • Compliment others
  • Are motivated by appreciation
  • Prefer to avoid conflict

Thinkers

  • Are objective when it comes to making decisions
  • Appear to be cool and reserved
  • Let rational arguments convince them
  • Prefer to be honest and direct
  • Believe in honesty, equality and fairness
  • Don't take things personally
  • Tend to see the flaws in others easily
  • Are motivated by a sense of achievement
  • Find arguments and debates fun

Perceivers

  • Prefer to keep their options open
  • Like to be playful and casual
  • Tend to run late; they are less aware of time
  • Like to start projects
  • Prefer to play first and work later
  • Have difficulty when it comes to making decisions
  • Question the need for lots of rules
  • Prefer to keep plans flexible
  • Want enough freedom to be spontaneous

Judgers

  • Prefer when things are settled
  • Take responsibility seriously
  • Tend to be prompt with an awareness of time
  • Like to finish projects
  • Prefer to work first and play later
  • Want closure and certainty
  • Understand the need for most rules
  • Prefer to make plans and stick to them
  • Find schedules reassuring

This is just a quick look at the features that define each of the Myers-Briggs personality types. 

To learn more, you can either conduct your own research or you can get in touch with Team Challenge Company and book a team development day where we will carry out the assessments and give you a more in-depth look at each personality type.   

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