Most of us spend over half our lives working in an office. These environments, by their nature, are a random sampling of personalities. To best work within an office environment, we need to have a basic understanding of the different personalities that we work with.
The most popular tool for categorizing and understanding various personalities is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The MBTI was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers and was based on the work of Carl Jung.
The MBTI breaks down personalities into 16 profiles using the four dichotomies listed below:
Do you focus outward or inward?
- Introversion (I)
- Described as reserved and private
- Like a slower pace with time for contemplation
- Tend to think things through
- Extraversion (E)
- Described as talkative and outgoing
- Like a fast-paced environment
- Tend to think out loud
How do you prefer to get information?
- Intuition (N)
- Focused on possibilities
- Notice the big picture and connections
- Sensing (S)
- Focused on reality
- Notice concrete facts and details
What’s your preference for making decisions?
- Thinking (T)
- Make decisions that are impersonal and based on logic
- Value justice and fairness
- Described as reasonable and level-headed
- Feeling (F)
- Make decisions that are based on personal values
- Value harmony and forgiveness
- Described as warm and empathetic
How do you live your outer life?
- Judging (J)
- Prefer to have matters settled
- Like detailed, step-by-step instructions
- Enjoy having firm plans and knowing what they are getting into
- Perceiving (P)
- Prefer to leave options open
- Like to improvise and make things up as they go
- Enjoy surprises and new situations
Based on these four dichotomies listed above, you will arrive at a four-letter personality type.
What are the most common types in the business world?
- Driven to turn theories into plans
- Highly value knowledge
- Natural leaders
- Like to be in charge
- Hard-working and dependable
- Enjoy creating order and structure
- Will follow projects through to completion
- Focused on people
- Creative and ingenious
- Excellent people skills
- Able to motivate others
Want to learn more about the MBTI? Visit the official website or take the online assessment at mbtionline.com.
What’s your Myers-Briggs type?