We had a session where we worked out our Myers Briggs personality types. The lecturer started with the question:
Have you ever got irritated with someone because they aren’t doing things your way?
If you have, then Myers Briggs can help understand how you and other people work. You fill in a questionnaire and you are assigned to a type. I’m ENTP – Extraverted Intuition Thinking Perceiving.
“People with ENTP preferences constantly scan the environment for for opportunites and possibilities. They see patterns and connections not obvious to others and at times seem able to see into the future, They are adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analysing them strategically. ENTPs are good at understanding how systems work and are enterprising and resourceful in manouvering within them to achieve their goals”
Sounds good eh? However the session also set out “potential areas for growth”. For example, if I neglect my non-preferred Sensing and Feeling parts I may:
- Not take care of the details and routine required to implement their insights.
- Not give enough weight to the impact on others of their ideas and plans
- Be excessively and inappropriately ‘challenging and stimulating’
These ring true for me and I have spent much of my career addressing these either by developing skills or working with others who complement my skills. It’s great to be aware of these and have tactics to sort them. Myers Briggs is extremely powerful when interpreted correctly and it’s always good to be reminded of pitfalls.
One good lesson from Myers Briggs is the difference in the way Introverts and Extroverts think. Extroverts think aloud and Do then Think then Do. Introverts think internally and Think, then Do, then Think again. It’s worth remembering if you’re an introvert getting frustrated with an extrovert apparently talking before he’s decided what to say (I’m guilty of this).
Of the 51 (out of about 70) Full time MBA students who attended this session, 16% shared my personality type, the equal top personality type (with ESTJ).
This table below shows the distribution across different types.
As an indicator of what the types mean here are the keywords associated with each type:
My type apparently says initiative, though I scored quite closely to ENTJ as well: “Drive”(!)