This week, I spent four days in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certification workshop in Dallas. What a week! I am mentally drained by all the work we did during the week. If only everyone were an ENFP, we could achieve former President George Bush’s (Bush #1) “Kinder, Gentler Nation.” OK, I really appreciate all the other Types and know that I need each of you in my personal and professional life (ENFPs want and need people).
If you haven’t had the opportunity to take the Myers-Briggs assessment, run to your nearest certified practitioner. It’s a great tool for leadership development. The assessment was developed based on Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s personality theory. He suggested we are all born with an innate personality that is shaped by the environment, family, etc. And the type you are born with is the type you’ll die with. You can’t change who you are, but you can adapt to the world around you.
We don’t have enough space here to discuss “Type,” but I want each of you to know that the assessment exists and can help you become aware of your strengths and some blind spots you may have in your life. I have always said that “Awareness Precedes Change.” The MBTI results will certainly give you some insight into who you are and may help you as your continue on your leadership journey. The results can help you identify the following about you:
- Where do you get your energy? Internally or externally?
- How do you prefer to take in information? Concrete facts/logical or big picture/analogies/insight?
- How do you prefer to make decisions? Weigh the pros and cons/logical outcome or think about the impact of the decision on people?
- How do you approach life? Plan your work/schedule your time or deal with situations as they arise/leave scheduling options open?
When leading others, it’s important that you understand yourself and those on the team. Your leadership life will be a little less stressful and a little more productive IF you understand Type and understand how to lead all types.