“We cannot safely assume that other people’s minds work on the same principles as our own. All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us.” —Isabel Briggs Myers
This seems like a simple statement and most would agree. The challenge is how to communicate with others who do not reason as we reason, or who do not value as we value. How do we develop relationships with others, or build teams to accomplish lofty goals? That is where the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can assist.
I was first introduced into the MBTI while in college. Then again while at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis who offered the MBTI to all their employees. Then last fall I read an article and my interest was again peaked. Earlier this year I decided to invest in myself and become a MBTI Certified Practitioner which allows me to bring MBTI to my life coaching and consulting practice.
The MBTI breaks personaltiy into preferences rather than boxes allowing for individuality among all types. The tool itself is scientifically reliable and valid and is used by many fortune 100 companies. Learning your MBTI type will assist in a wide variety of areas including:
- Improve team performance
- Identify gaps in the team
- Aid in career development
- Develop emotional intelligence
- Improve and change culture
- Develop individual decision making
- Support individuals in transition
- Individuals learn to play to their strengths
Watch for additional posts that go into more depth around how the MBTI changes individuals, teams, and organizations. If you have questions about MBTI, are interested in learning your MBTI type, or want to schedule an MBTI workshop, please contact me.