MBTI® Personality Types and Your Decision Making Process
MBTI ® Personality Types influence many aspects of behavior, including leadership tendencies and communication style, as we’ve discussed in previous blogs. In this next series of blogs, we will explore how MBTI Personality Types can affect corporate team members’ decision making, including what factors they consider and what outcomes they value. Being aware of employees, managers and even CEO’s and executives MBTI Personality Types in the workplace can help you develop a deeper understanding of why certain decisions are made as well as how the decision making process can be streamlined. These newfound insights are imperative to starting critical conversations that reduce conflict and that work towards more effective, efficient, and balanced decision making in the workplace.
Hirsh and Hirsh (2007) observe that MBTI Personality Types serve as a lens that can help focus and clarify behavior patterns in much the same way that optical lenses can help focus and clarify vision. MBTI types can be broadly categorized by four different sliding scales, each of which reveals individuals’ different values and thought processes in terms of decision making. The first scale is extraverted-introverted, where extraverted individuals process information collaboratively with others and crave breadth and range over depth of understanding. Introverted individuals on the other hand, prefer to think things through on their own and prefer to understand fewer things more deeply. The second scale is sensing-intuition. Sensing individuals tend to draw information from the real world and consider that information sequentially, while those with intuitive tendencies jump from idea to idea and prefer conceptual data to concrete data. The third scale is thinking–feeling, where thinking individuals tend to think logically and linearly, with objective responses and considerations, while feeling individuals respond more personally and consider the consequences of decisions for relationships and people rather than abstract structures or ideologies. The final scale is judging-perceiving. Judging individuals tend to move quickly towards decisions and desire certainty in the success of that decision. On the other hand, perceiving individuals need more time to process and stay open to changing the solution or decision that has been agreed upon.
These four scales yield a total of 16 combinations, which are the 16 MBTI Personality Types, each of which approach decision making in different ways, depending on their own personality tendencies and preferences. People with differing personality types may understand or empathize with one another to varying degrees intuitively. However, making these insights explicit can be instrumental in every stage of decision making, from initial brainstorming, to the evaluation of various ideas, to reaching an agreement, to implementation, and finally, reflection and evaluation.
In the upcoming series of blogs, we will explore the decision making style of each Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type in detail. At each stage of the decision making process, we will consider the strengths and challenges individuals may have, in addition to how they contribute uniquely to teams with diverse personality types. Last but far from least, we include steps for longer term professional growth as well as concrete strategies that each personality type can use immediately to improve their communication with others, ultimately improving their and their team’s decision making.
MBTI® Career Report
Find your best occupational match with this easy-to-read Myers-Briggs® test graphic report
Choosing a career path can be difficult. The revised MBTI® Career Report helps point the way by showing you how your type affects your career exploration and discusses the benefits of choosing a job that is a good fit for your type. By taking the Myers-Briggs test you also explore preferred work tasks and work environments as well as most popular and least popular occupations for all types and receive strategies for improving job satisfaction. This completely updated report includes expanded coverage of popular fields such as business, health care, computer technology, and high-level executive and management occupations. It is based on four-letter type results and can be generated using your reported type or verified type.
Strong Interest Inventory® & MBTI® Combined Career Report + Strong Profile
Use knowledge about your interests, preferences and personality type to start your optimal career and formulate a plan to achieve your dream job.
With the information obtained about yourself from your MBTI® personality type and your Strong Interest Inventory® Report, you’ll learn about how your personality, as well as your interests and preferences, can be used in your life and career to provide fulfillment and happiness. Discover occupations that work with what you like and enjoy, and learn how your personality influences your mental processes and preferences.
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MBTI® Career Report + Strong & MBTI Combined Career Report + Strong Profile
Use these reports to find a fulfilling career that matches with your personality and interests, and develop a plan for achieving that career.
Set yourself up on the path to a career that fits with your MBTI® personality type as well as your interests and preferences. With these three reports, you’ll discover the ideal career for who you are at a base level, offering you a future of satisfying and fulfilling employment. Read about each report below.
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MBTI® Step II™ Profile
Further investigate the intricacies of your personality with this detailed report of your MBTI® type and its features.
The MBTI® Step II™ Profile further dissects your MBTI® type, providing you with more in-depth information on your personality and preferences. Four pages of detailed graphs show why you received the Myers-Briggs® test four-letter type that you did (given at the beginning of the profile), and what it is about yourself that makes you that type (five detailed subcategories, or facets, for each letter). The information gained from the MBTI Step II Profile can be beneficial to your work life, your relationships, your home life, and your schooling.
Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report
Delve deeper into what your interests, hobbies, favorite topics, and locations can mean for your career and personal life with the help of this extensive and personalized Strong profile.
Your Strong Interest Inventory® Interpretive Report starts with the same foundational information found in the Strong Interest Inventory Profile, but goes even further into analyzing your likes and dislikes by offering you a detailed look at how following your interests and preferences can help you lead a more fulfilling, satisfied life. The report presents you with the closest matched occupations for people with your interests, an in-depth breakdown of certain areas matched to your Strong Interest Inventory test results, and insight into your likes and dislikes.
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Plan your future career based on your interests and preferences, leading you down the path to a successful work and personal life.
Use your interests, preferences, and favorite subjects and leisure activities to assess which career or career field works best with who you are and what you like. Through the web-interactive and thorough iStartStrong™ report, you’ll get set off on the right foot toward finding a career that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Strong Interest Inventory® & Skills Confidence Profile + Strong Interpretive Report
Discover your interests and preferences as well as your confidence in your abilities to use these interests to your advantage.
Your strengths, interests, and preferences, when understood and well known, can lead you toward a successful and satisfying career. With this custom package, you’ll learn which occupations, strengths, and skills work best with your likes and dislikes and how confident you are in your ability to fulfill the needs of certain occupations, allowing you to formulate a career path that you’ll enjoy for years to come with the help of the Strong Interest Inventory test.
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Introduction to Type and Decision Making. (Hirsh, K., & Hirsh E. CPP. 2007)
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