MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR® (MBTI) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) The MBTI is the most widely used personality instrument in the world, with over 2 million people taking it annually. It is a forced choice, self-report, personality questionnaire used to measure and describe people’s preferences for how they like to get information, make decisions and orient their lives. It is based on Carl Jung’s theory of perception and judgment and classifies people into 16 broad personality Types. The MBTI provides a simple way of seeing how people are alike and how they differ. When people are aware of their differences, they can build better understanding and reduce conflict. The MBTI can therefore help to improve teamwork and productivity whilst reducing unproductive interpersonal and intro-organisational conflict. Individuals can use their MBTI results to understand their preferred learning styles, evaluated the fit between themselves and their jobs, and better manage time and stress. The MBIT instrument helps determine an individual’s preferences on 4 dichotomies. The person is either: Extraverted – prefers to draw energy Introverted – prefers to draw energy from the world of activity, people and from the inner world of reflections, things feelings and ideas Sensing – prefers to focus on Intuition – prefers to focus on patterns, information gained from the five senses connections and possible meanings and on practical applications Thinking – prefers to base decisions on Feeling – prefers to base decisions on a logic and objective analysis of cause and valuing process, considering what is effect important to people Judging – likes a planned, organized Perceiving – likes a flexible, approach to life and prefers to have spontaneous approach and prefers to things organised keep options open The various combinations of these preferences result in 16 personality “Types”, each associated with a unique set of behavioral characteristics and values, which provide a useful starting point for individual feedback, self-exploration or group discussion. What MBTI CAN and CANNOT be used for: The MBTI ® instrument is very versatile and is widely used for many purposes including: · Individual development · Team building and team development · Organisational change · Improving communication · Education and career counseling · Relationship and interactions counseling However, MBTI cannot be used for recruitment. Whilst there is a clear link between Type preferences and attraction to particular occupations, the MBTI does not measure skills and abilities. Further, it has no lie detectors or validity scales embedded into it. Instruments that are used for recruitment must contain validity scales to ensure the results produced by people motivated to obtain a position are in fact accurate portrayals. MBTI and ARC Anna Rosemeyer is a qualified MBTI administrator. She has extensive experience rolling out this personality instrument in organizations, specifically for improving team work between groups, and assisting larger groups to best understand team dynamics. If you are interested in applying this instrument in your organization, we will meet with you to discuss your objectives and then prepare participants. After participants complete the assessment, we report on each individual’s type on a feedback sheet. Next, we conduct a group session and teach participants the theoretical basis of the MBTI before they receive their MBTI results. This allows them to “self-estimate” their Type and compare it with their reported results from the MBTI. Each person receives a booklet; Introduction to Type®, to support their learning. By reading their profile for their Type in the booklet, it is usually possible for individuals to arrive at a “best-fit” Type – one that describes their general behavior to their satisfaction. The learning can then be applied to address specific goals e.g. communication styles, problem solving preferences, decision making styles, change management and conflict resolution, as well as providing tips for enhancing effectiveness in each of these areas.
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