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Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Enhancing effective team work and relationships using Myers Briggs

The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a questionnaire that helps people understand how Carl Jung's theory of psychological types is applicable to day to day life. When people take the MBTI, it helps them become more aware of their unique gifts, natural strengths, what motivates them and potential areas for growth. It also helps people understand that people are different from them. In an organisational setting, there is frequently a requirement for enhancing effective working relationships in teams using Myers Briggs.

After over 60 years of research and development, the MBTI is the most commonly used instrument to understand normal personality differences.

It is used for:

The Myers- Briggs Type Indicator highlights that we are all different and that we have different preferences and ways of thinking. By understanding how one communicates, we can start understanding how other people communicate. In general, most conflict is created by misunderstandings in communication. People make assumptions about what the other person is saying and what is their intent behind it. The MBTI helps people understand that we are all different, there are 16 psychological types and each one has different strengths and areas of growth.

When we facilitate a team building session to improve work relationships using Myers Briggs, it is always amazing when people realise that people think differently from them, and that doesn't make them better or worse, it just makes them different. The various exercises used in a typical workshop show how people get energy in different ways, gather information differently and make decisions based on different ways of thinking. When people become aware of these differences, they can start understanding others better, and be more accepting of the differences. When this process takes shape it is easy to see how a team can start enhancing work relationships using Myers Briggs.

At Inspiring Potential we endeavour to make the Myers Briggs team building workshops fun and relevant to the organisations context. Invariably though we find that many of the difficulties that exist within groups of people who work together are as a result of them not understanding the genuine differences in personality type. By accommodating such differences and making a conscious effort to communicate differently with one another, great things can happen! If you would like to find out more about enhancing effective work relationships using Myers Briggs, please contact us.

Myers Briggs Personality Types

  Sensing Types Intuitive Types
Introverts ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ
Quiet, serious, earns success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organised – their work, their home, and their life. Value traditions and loyalty. Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notices and remembers specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home. Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to they’re firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organised and decisive in implementing their vision. Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organise a job and carry it through. Sceptical and independent have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
ISTP ISFP INFP INTP
Tolerant and flexible quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyse what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organise facts using logical principles, value efficiency. Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others. Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curios, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfil their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened. Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Sceptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
Extraverts ESTP ESFP ENFP ENTP
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing. Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work and make-work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people. Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency. Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adapt at generating conceptual possibilities and then analysing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
ESTJ ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organise projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans. Warm-hearted, conscientious and co-operative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute. Warm, empathetic, responsive and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfil their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsible to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group and provide inspiring leadership. Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organisational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.