MBTI – for Self Awareness

A successful organisation is made up of people with different workingMBTI - Jigsaw styles that complement each other.

Understanding how you and other people work, and helping them understand how their personal style interacts with that of their colleagues, is an essential building block of creating a dynamic team.

 Goodwill Training recommend and conduct learning events using the MBTI with individuals, groups and teams. Typically, you complete the questionnaire on your own and then have a personal coaching session to review your report, explore its relevance and determine what actions you should take to reap the benefits of the insights you have gained. Often this is combined with a number of exercises to share, compare and contrast those insights with colleagues. Used in this way, the MBTI becomes a hugely versatile tool for improving team cohesiveness and effectiveness.

If you would like to explore how MBTI can help you or your team, please contact us at info@goodwilltraining.co.uk

History

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is a personality questionnaire developed from the work of psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung. Central to the MBTI® is Jung’s theory of psychological type. It suggests that there are fundamental ways in which we, as people, differ. Just like the hand we prefer to write with, Jung’s theory of type suggests that there are also differing ways in which we prefer to think and interact.

Adapted by two non-psychologists in 1943, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers, who developed the MBTI® from a desire to help people access Jung’s theory of psychological type in a more useful and relevant way. With over 60 years of research and testing, the MBTI® is a statistically valid and reliable instrument, with over 3.5 million people completing the questionnaire every year.

What it measures:
The MBTI instrument describes an individual’s preferences on four dimensions.

MBTI BerriesA person prefers either:

  • Extraversion
    Prefers to draw energy from the outer world of activity, people and things
  • OR Introversion
    Prefers to draw energy from the inner world of reflections, feelings and ideas
  • Sensing
    Prefers to focus on information gained from the five senses and on practical applications
  • OR Intuition
    Prefers to focus on patterns, connections and possible meanings
  • Thinking
    Prefers to base decisions on logic and objective analysis of cause and effect
  • OR Feeling
    Prefers to base decisions on a valuing process, considering what is important to people
  • Judging
    Likes a planned, organised approach to life and prefers to have things decided
  • OR Perceiving
    Likes a flexible, spontaneous approach and prefers to keep options open

The various combinations of these preferences result in 16 personality ‘types’, each associated with a unique set of behavioural characteristics and values, which provide a useful starting point for individual feedback, self-exploration or group discussion.

Always remember that although “every ISFP is like every other ISFP, they are also like no other ISFP.” Or as my grandmother used to tell me with glee – “There is nowt so queer as folk.”

MBTI helps us to understand both how we are all alike and how we are different, but does not claim to be the answer to everything. It helps us to value differences in appropriate ways and to celebrate our “gifts differing.”

If you would like to explore how MBTI can help you or your team, please contact us at mbti@goodwilltraining.co.uk

Applications:

  • The MBTI instrument is very versatile and widely used for many purposes including:
  • Individual development – identifying leadership style, developing managerial potential, time and stress management, and executive coaching
  • Team building and team development – improving communication, enhancing team problem solving, valuing diversity and resolving conflict
  • Organisational change – understanding and dealing with responses to rapid change, understanding team and corporate culture
  • Improving communication – developing selling and influencing skills
  • Education and career counselling – identifying learning styles and motivations, improving teaching and training methods, and providing career guidance

Benefits:

  • It is easy to use, score and explain
  • It is short and quick to complete
  • Clients enjoy it and find the results helpful
  • It works (there is extensive evidence of its validity)
  • It was revised and updated in 1998, increasing its accuracy, ease of use and relevance to European English users. This edition is validated using the current UK population
  • It provides a powerful conceptual framework, allowing practitioners to deepen their knowledge and apply it to many different situations
  • It promotes a constructive approach to the differences between individuals
  • It is widely used, so there is plenty of comparative data available
  • There is a large body of associated resource material – books, booklets, manuals, videos and workshop materials