It is up to each person to recognize his or her true preferences.
—Isabel Briggs Myers

For decades we’ve been using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. 

Why? Because it helps us understand our preferences and the preferences of others. Because these are preferences, there is no good/bad or right/wrong “type”.  Rather, the results help us by providing an understanding and appreciation of individual differences which enhances relationships and increases individual and team productivity.

Our “type” also provides us information about styles of communication, how decisions are made, and approaches to change.

The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types are comprised of the following four categories:

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) is the first identifier

  • Individuals who are “E’s” get their energy from people, places and things
  • Individuals who are “I’s” get their energy from ideas and concepts

Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N) is the second identifier which tells how we take in and process information

  • Individuals who are “S’s” want to know who, what, when, where, why and how many
  • Individuals who are “N’s” want to go beyond details and facts and use what they think based on their intuition or 6th sense.

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) is the third letter that identifies how we make decisions

  • Individuals who are “T’s” base their decision on logic and facts
  • Individuals who are “F’s” base their decision on how others will feel about it

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) is fourth letter and identifies how we want to live

  • Individuals who are “J’s” prefer to live a life that is planned and orderly
  • Individuals who are “F’s” prefer to live a life that is flexible and spontaneous

The 16 differing MBTI “types” tell us a lot. Each has their own strengths and characteristics.  An ideal team would consist of all types; when the differing perspectives, styles, and methods are leveraged, goals are more readily achieved and stronger relationships are built.

Do you know your type, and does your organization have a blend of types?



Mike and Jan

No type has everything.
The introverts and thinkers, though likely to arrive at the most profound decisions, may have the most difficulty in getting their conclusions accepted.
The opposite types are best at communicating, but not as adept at determining the truths to be communicated.
― Isabel Briggs Myers

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