The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality inventory which has been found to be extremely useful in organisational settings. It is a tool which helps people in organisations to understand themselves and their behaviours, appreciate others in order to make constructive use of individual differences and to approach problems in different ways.
The MBTI has proven useful in improving teamwork, in understanding and adapting to differences in leadership and management style, and in informing performance coaching. It can lead to more effective communications and be a valuable aid to conflict resolution.
The MBTI can also usefully be applied in a variety of other areas, including leadership development, career counselling, change management, problem solving, and stress and time management. Many people find it useful also in their personal lives.
MBTI provides a method for understanding people by looking at personality preferences; it explores how individuals are energised, what they pay attention to, how they approach decision-making and reach conclusions, and their preferred way of working and interacting with other people. It is a well-researched tool, backed up by some 50 years of scientific research and some 4,000 published research papers.
The initial application of the MBTI involves completion of a questionnaire (usually taking 25 to 45 minutes) and a face to face exploration session led by a qualified MBTI practitioner (usually taking between 90 minutes and 2 hours).
The indicator is best applied with an individual in a face to face session; working one to one facilitates open discussion and ensures confidentiality. Once individuals have been introduced to the MBTI and have gained an appreciation of their ‘type’, it can be valuable to share this with colleagues and to explore the significance of differences and similarities within a work team. This can appropriately be initiated through a one-day, or possibly half-day, workshop. Alternatively the MBTI and some of the issues can be introduced in a group workshop setting; this can be valuable in getting people to recognise differences and to reflect on the challenges they may be facing as managers or team members.
For people who are already familiar with MBTI and who would like to extend their understanding of the instrument and its applications, we are also able to deliver MBTI Step 2. This provides an additional level of analysis and understanding which can be useful in developmental situations for both individuals and teams.
We are happy to deliver the MBTI instrument as a ‘stand alone’ tool or as an integral part of a business coaching, team or management development package. The understanding gained through the MBTI delivery process has been demonstrated to be extremely beneficial to individuals, particularly where they may be in managerial positions; when applied in teams, it can improve performance dramatically.