Myers-Briggs® MBTI® Test ISTP Personality Types and Leadership

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ISTP Personality Types and Leadership

Understanding your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality type can help you identify and capitalize on your strengths and become a stronger leader. By knowing the areas in which you excel, you can better position yourself for more success. This week, we will discuss how Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Sensing, more specifically; The Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving MBTI ISTP personality type can play to their strengths both personally and in the workplace.

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Following this week’s blog post on The ISTP personality type, we will continue to consider how different Myers-Briggs types can most effectively capitalize on their strengths in the workplace. Continue to return to our blog to learn about your own leadership qualities and strengths as well as those of your co-workers, employees, friends, and others. In doing so, you will be able to assemble more successful teams and relationships, while capitalizing on your managerial strengths by learning how your skills can most effectively complement that of your colleagues’.

According to Richmond (2008), “the best leaders neither overuse nor underuse their strengths”. In other words, successful leaders must find a balance between capitalizing on their strengths and still giving other members of their team room to contribute. People with different MBTI test types have different strengths, and can best contribute to teams in different ways.

ISTP personalities have the ability to make decisions quickly and efficiently, and tend to be very solution oriented. However, along the way, they may not spend the time needed to develop solid relationships. They are highly resourceful and are flexible in adapting to new information and situations, but may find it difficult to appreciate other team members’ contributions or work closely with others. ISTPs’ problem-solving mentalities make them insightful assets to any team.

Another major strength of the MBTI test ISTP personality type is their ability to observe and process large amounts of information relatively quickly. As a result, they often make strong mentors, capable of helping others discern what is feasible or even acceptable at different stages of a project. To capitalize on this strength, as an ISTP, ask yourself who can benefit from your insights, and make an effort to offer this information to them. Along the same lines, if you see room for improvement, try to offer feedback by first addressing the plan’s strengths, and only then offering constructive criticism and alternative actions (Richmond, 2008).

It is important to understand that as you support and mentor others, don’t forget to seek that kind of support yourself. As an ISTP, try to find a group or individual that will appreciate your strengths – your pragmatism, efficient problem solving, and hands-on involvement. To develop even more, encourage others to give you feedback on your communication and to improve on the way you come across, especially in group situations. A main issue and an item that can inhibit your growth as a leader, is that people can often enough see you or other ISTP’s as being aloof or distant. So be aware of this and do what you can to avoid this stereotype.

The best way for you (or anyone) to capitalize on strengths is to increase understanding and self-awareness of the way they and other members of a team function. Utilize your keen ISTP qualities and apply your strengths to examine your undertakings, and use these observations to acknowledge your colleagues’ strengths. By taking the time to build relationships, your skills will be recognized, and you will be able to increase your efficiency in the long run. By putting the team’s success first, you will become a stronger leader.


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