MBTI – Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI is a nonjudgmental tool that looks at the strengths and gifts of an individual. It is a great first step for teams and individuals embarking on lifting their performance and understanding others and self.

One of the world’s leading profiling tools, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps management and staff gain a deeper understanding of personality ‘types’ and thus improve personal understanding and communication between team members across the organisation.

The MBTI assists people in becoming more aware of why people we work with and deal with on a daily basis seem to react, organise and behave in the way they do. Using the MBTI as an insight tool allows us to more effectively accept the realities as they are rather than wanting something else.

When work is satisfying, meaningful and enjoyable, people are motivated to perform at effective levels. When the workplace has conflict, misunderstanding and miscommunication, people are less motivated to perform and more concerned with surviving, manipulating and avoiding conflict. Productivity, innovation and performance suffer as a result.

The MBTI assists managers, leaders and teams to organise their work environment and communication structures so that high performance innovation and outcomes are achieved constructively. When we have the information to accept others as they are, we are more available and open to create what we really want.

Understanding the way people are motivated and take in information and make decisions is a powerful skill to have in business. It is one of the most effective ways to influence outcomes for a win/win situation.

Backed up by more than 50 years of research and practical experience, more than 2 million people around the world undergo the Myers Briggs Type Indicator each year.

MBTI Myers Briggs Types

The MBTI identifies personality preferences based on the following four scales, giving a total of 16 different types:

MBTI Myers Briggs Type Indicator TestExtraversion (E) – Introversion (I)

Where we get energy from.

  • Extraverts get their energy from the outside world of people, activities and things.
  • Introverts are energised by the inner world of thoughts, feelings and reflections.

Sensing (S) – Intuition (N)

How we perceive things. What we pay attention to.

  • Sensers look for facts and details. Practical, concrete thinkers.
  • Intuits look for patterns and connections. Ideas-oriented, abstract thinkers.

Thinking (T) – Feeling (F)

How we make decisions, once we have the necessary information.

  • Thinkers make decisions based on logic and objective facts.
  • Feelers make decisions based on personal values and feelings.

Judging (J) – Perceiving (P)

Orientation to the world. A lifestyle a person adopts.

  • Judgers have a preference for living a planned, organised and structured life.
  • Perceivers have a preference for living a casual, flexible and spontaneous life.

The Myers Briggs test is one of the most cost effective means of making rapid improvements to workplace performance available today.

To find out more about how the Myers Briggs test can help your business or to organise workshops or assessments in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or elsewhere, contact me direct on 1300 854 180 or jan@janterkelsen.com.