The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is all about understanding your preferences and those of others. It helps you understand how your behaviours will impact on other people, and the impact the behaviour of others will have on you. 

About MBTI     


The Myers Briggs Type Indicator has become one of the most popular tools in businesses and organisations across the world to enhance team effectiveness. Essentially, this indicator allows individuals to understand themselves and others, allowing them to become appreciative and tolerant of styles and patterns of behaviour. The MBTI questionnaire was developed after 50 years of research by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isable Myers, elaborating on the ideas of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. 

The MBTI questionnaire has no right or wrong answers, and unlike some tools does not label anyone as better than another. MBTI is about individual preferences and it focuses on the strengths and positive qualities of individual personality styles. 

Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator allows a teams to understand how to deal with behavioural differences of members of their team, and also allows them to see what impact their own behavioural patterns have on other team members, and how these patterns can be adapted to enhance the effectiveness of the team. It also allows teams to decide how to share tasks, as the most efficient people to complete the task are those whose naturally preferred style is suited to that task. At the same time, MBTI does not allow individuals to make excuses based on their personality preference as it encourages people to develop their non proffered style to suit task, team and project diversity.

The 4 Dichotomies 

There are 16 personality types, and are formed from the following 4 areas:

1.How you energise and focus your attention

Extroversion- Taking energy from outside and by being around people

Introversion- Energising from within and through reflection

2.How you take in information

Sensing- Looking at information in detail

iNtunitive- Looking at the bigger picture and making connections

3.How you make decisions

Thinking- Making a decision based on fact and logic

Feeling- Making decisions on instinct and feeling

4.How you deal with the outer world

Judging- Dealing with the outer world through planning and organisation

Perceiving- Dealing with the outer world with flexibility and adaptability  

MBTI shows that whilst most people will find they are familiar with each of the above categories, they will always have a natural and inbuilt preference towards only one. MBTI allows you to understand your own individual preferences, and how this effects your life, your working environment, and most importantly how you deal with members of your team. MBTI will also provide you with an understanding of other team member’s preferred styles which will allow you to overcome misunderstandings and misconceptions. When planning tasks MBTI will allow you to maximise on the strengths of all members of the team. 

MBTI demonstrates, that an effective team is not made of individuals with the same preferences, and as you will discover through the activities we use when working with MBTI, the most effective teams are the ones with the greatest mix of personality preferences. 

Where can MBTI be used 

Conflict- By understanding your preferences and those of others, you will understand how ordinary behaviours can lead to conflict. MBTI will help you to develop your non-preferred behaviours to avoid conflict occurring.

Leadership- Identifying individual leadership styles and developing leadership ability through better self-awareness and awareness of others.  MBTI can help build emotional intelligence and emotional intelligence has been shown to correlate with leadership ability.

Team building- MBTI will lead to improving communication, enhancing team problem solving and valuing diversity

Organisational Change- MBTI allows people to understand individual preference of the four dichotomies, however the sum of the parts is actually more important than the individual dichotomy. MBTI is useful tool in understanding how different people react to change. It helps make change comfortable to those who are resistant to change and prevents those who love change from changing for the sake of change. This ultimately allows for smooth transitions, and the ability to respond rapidly to change.

Influencing- Understanding type is a useful tool in sales, allowing people to understand how to communicate and influence people of different personalities. In a sales team, this knowledge is invaluable.

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