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MBTI A Tool for Developing the People in your Organization.

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a powerful tool in helping us come to a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. This indicator of our psychological preferences is well researched and rich in theory, having been developed since the 1920's. MBTI draws on the theory from Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, that explains the normal differences among people. Jung concluded that differences in behavior result from an individual's inborn tendency to use his/her mind in different ways. The indicator is used internationally and is interpreted by certified professionals.

The MBTI does not measure knowledge, skills, or abilities. Nor does it measure intelligence. Furthermore, it is not intended to be used as a tool for employee selection, promotion or project assignment.

The MBTI is Interpreted in Two Parts:
Step one is used to identify four basic MBTI preferences. They include ways of

  • Gaining and using energy (extraversion or introversion)
  • Ways of gathering information (sensing or intuition)
  • Ways of making decisions (thinking or feeling), and
  • Styles for relating to the outside world (judging or perceiving)
In step two, more information is gathered about a personality type including the individuality or uniqueness of one's type. Also, in step two the results clarify questions that arise regarding the four basic MBTI type preferences and demonstrate 16 distinct personality types.
The result of step two helps people understand why similar personality types still differ in many ways. More importantly, this analysis helps an individual understand why he/she and coworkers perform certain tasks in a particular way. Very often, companies integrate the MBTI tool so that team members can understand their individual personalities as well as the "personality" of the team. Bringing strengths and weaknesses out into the open within an established framework like the MBTI provides guidance in an atmosphere that fosters trust and collaboration. People notice that no one type is any better than someone else's type; they are just different. The MBTI also shows people how differences can enhance a team's success.

How the MBTI may be Applied
The MBTI instrument can be a useful assessment tool for career development, but only if the results are effectively applied in the workplace. In other words, the results can facilitate learning and thus lead to successful communication and problem solving. By itself, the data (differences between personality types, strategies for dealing with various situations, and other measurements) is of little value. When the findings can be applied to daily situations (customer problems, project completion dates, unforeseen obstacles), that's when the MBTI can be called a success.

MBTI is a useful tool for developing team awareness. It can involve a process by which a group of individuals are encouraged to learn about themselves, each other and their leaders and how these components fit together to boost team successes. A teambuilding program using MBTI can foster openness and trust and identify team assets and blind spots. Attending a program on teambuilding with the use of MBTI will supply a framework in which team members can better understand and manage communication, team culture, leadership, change, problem solving and conflict resolution and stress.
In summary, the MBTI personality inventory has a broad range of applications. It is a strong tool to:

  • Increase self awareness
  • Understand different teaching and learning styles
  • Build high performance teams
  • Develop leadership style
  • Manage conflict
  • Improve customer service
  • Assist in problem solving
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost self esteem
  • Improve communication
  • Improve time management skills

This tool can help organizations interface effectively with each individual in the organization and bring out the best in employees.
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