MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
Harness individual and team dynamics to strengthen your organisation
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an effective tool for identifying opportunities for professional and personal development. Coupled with our extensive coaching skills, it is a powerful way to help leaders better understand themselves and those they work with.
How MBTI supports our ABCD philosophy:
- Increase self-assurance through a better understanding of your own personality
- Use your personality strengths to act more boldly in difficult situations
- Understand clearly how your personality type interacts with those of the people you work with
- Have the determination to develop more rounded personality traits
More information about Myers-Briggs
The origins of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
In 1921 Carl Jung published Psychological Types, in which he identified four psychological functions (sensation, intuition, thinking and feeling) and two attitudes by which the functions are expressed (extravert and introvert). Combining these gave him eight psychological types. Jung theorised that each person has a dominant type and that, by working to develop their inferior types, people could broaden and strengthen their personality.
A contemporary of Jung, Katharine Cook Briggs, had also started to categorise personality types. Taking inspiration from Jung’s work, she collaborated with her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, to create a practical tool to help assess personality types.
During the Second World War they developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, believing that it would help to identify the best jobs for women entering the workforce for the first time. It expanded upon Jung’s original theory by adding the functions ‘judging’ and ‘perceiving’, to create sixteen personality types.
How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator work?
You will be asked to respond to a series of statements in a written or online questionnaire. For each statement you will need to indicate to what extent it applies to you.
Your responses are then assessed to calculate your personality type. It will be one of sixteen options such as ISTJ (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging) or ENFP (Extraversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perceiving).
Your personal feedback will begin by discussing the various personality types in depth. We’ll ask you to consider which you believe most accurately reflect your personality.
Then we will reveal your results to see which type the Myers-Briggs process calculated you to be.
We’ll discuss the detail and nuances of the assessment and where they do, or don’t, resonate with what you expected.
Once you’re happy that you understand the results, we’ll examine how they can support your development, both professionally and personally.
You will be provided with a written copy of your report to refer to.
We can then follow this up through further training or coaching sessions.
What outcomes should you expect?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator aims to provide an accessible and useful understanding of your personality type.
By revealing an individual’s personality preferences we can help them become more self-aware and identify areas where further development could be helpful. Myers-Briggs is a valuable tool to enhance leadership styles and plan career progression.
In a team environment, a mutual understanding of each other’s MBTI type encourages greater understanding and more effective teamwork.
And, for managers, it provides an important insight for supporting their direct reports and resolving conflict.
Who is MBTI for?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an opportunity for personal growth for anyone at any stage in their career.
It can help to define a career path for a school leaver or improve a CEO’s leadership skills.
We often use MBTI at the start of a leadership development programme. It also provides additional insights when used in combination with our Appraisal 360 technique.
How is MBTI delivered?
While we can conduct a Myers-Briggs assessment as a single piece of work, we often use it as part of a larger programme of development.
It is a useful part of many of our coaching and training courses, giving us and the individual a good starting point for their learning and growth. In particular, we use it for team development, executive coaching, leadership skills and performance management.
The questionnaire itself can be provided for completion online or on paper. Feedback sessions are held face to face or remotely by phone/video.
How long will the Myers-Briggs test take?
The MBTI questionnaire takes about half an hour to complete.
A typical feedback session will generally be from one to two hours long.
Where can MBTI be done?
The questionnaire can be provided in advance for completion at work or at home. The feedback can then be managed remotely, at your place of work or in a suitable alternative location.
When done as part of a training course, the feedback can be provided as a group or through individual sessions.
Who will deliver it?
Your Myers-Briggs assessment will be delivered by a certified and experienced MBTI practitioner.
We have a wealth of experience across a range of coaching and development skills. This means we are ideally placed to help you take your MBTI output and get the most from it, both professionally and personally.