Personality Assessments - The MBTI

Self-Assessments Can Be Helpful

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What is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator:

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is probably the most well-known personality tests available and is known to have assisted millions of people to learn how they function in the world both in personal relationships and professionally. Out of 16 dimensions everyone is given four dimensions that they tend to use in their everyday life. Although we all possess a little bit of each dimension, we tend to fall back on some dimensions more than others and that’s what determines our type.

Why take the MBTI?

The value of taking the MBTI® is to gain better insights about ourselves which will hopefully help us to better relate to others. We can use our findings from this very valuable tool to help us become better communicators and help us to learn how we can best get along with other people in the workforce and at home.

What Makes the Myers Briggs Such a Powerful Tool?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has become recognized as the most trusted personality assessment in the world. Below I’ve listed some very important reasons as to what makes the MBTI so popular.

  • It's easy to understand, provides invaluable information
  • The MBTI is a reliable and valid instrument and is continually backed by ongoing global research and development
  • The MBTI is available in 20+ languages— including culturally appropriate norms in which to it makes translation available
  • The MBTI produces tangible results on which individuals can use to make major changes in their lives
    • The MBTI assessment is highly regarded as a diagnostic tool for team environments and effectively assists project team members in recognising each other’s attributes in constructive ways. The vast majority of team interventions at Shell utilise MBTI profiling.

    How the MBTI Can Be Used In a Wide Range of Applications: 

    • Personal and professional development – After completing the MBTI individuals can assess how the results pertain to their everyday lives. They can gauge their own personality type and compare it to supervisors, co-workers and even in their personal relationships.  By understanding the differences in personality, they can begin to recognize why they hit certain obstacles and perhaps learn different ways to approach others based on their own personality, which could be very different from theirs.
    • Leadership development— Many organizations have their employees take the MBTI on the job. The benefit of having employees take the Myers Briggs is to give them a better understanding of the members of their team and learn ways that they can better communicate and motivate their workers.
    • Conflict management—By understanding individual employees in the workforce, supervisors can identify sources of conflict sooner and hopefully avoid a lack of motivation and initiative in their employees.
    • Stress management—Everyone wants to feel heard and if an organization takes the time to provide the resources it takes to improve their management, this will go a long way as to making employees feel heard and gives them a chance to recognize stress triggers and learn the best ways to handle them.
    • Career transition – Unless we have a thorough understanding of ourselves, we will also have a very difficult time of understanding the workforce and how we as individuals fit in it. Completing a personality assessment is a good way to learn how to better understand ourselves and how we can personally make a difference when working or interacting with others both personally and professionally.

    A Brief Introduction to the 16 Dimensions of the Myers Briggs:

    Favorite world: Do you tend to focus and get energy from the outer world or do you tend to live in your inner world where you choose what and if you want to share information with others ? This is part of the first dimension called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

    Gathering Information: Do you tend to focus on basic information you take in through your senses or do you tend to interpret your world and add your own meaning which refers to Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

    Decision Making: Are you the type of person that makes decisions based on logic or do you tend to look at situations based on people and their unique circumstances in life which leads you to Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

    When making plans: When making weekend or vacation plans, do you prefer to have the plans all laid out beforehand or do you prefer to remain spontaneous and tend to go with the flow, which brings you to Judging (J) or Perceiving ℗.

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