Typing at Work: Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Workplace Effectiveness
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
What It Is
The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
"Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills." —MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
Long a gold standard in the world of personal and organizational development, the MBTI assessment tool and its corresponding uses are a tried and true approach to understanding individual personalities and motivating them through deeper understanding of their strengths, challenges, and proclivities.
How You Use It
Type and Organizations Type can be introduced into an organization to support many different functions and situations including managing others, development of leadership skills, organizing tasks, creation and management of teams, training for management and staff, conflict resolution, motivation, executive coaching, diversity, recognition and rewards, and change management.
Type and Your Work When you understand your type preferences, you can approach your own work in a manner that best suits your style, including how you manage your time, problem solving, best approaches to decision making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of type can help you deal with the culture of the place you work, the development of new skills, understanding your participation on teams, and coping with change in the workplace. www.myersbriggs.org