Do You Know Your Type?

How would you respond to the question, “Do you know your Type?” Would you question this question, or would you know what was meant by it? Whether you’re a newbie or a Type connoisseur, I’m here to share with you how knowing the answer can alter your world for the better.

Like any growth, change, or introspection, awareness and acknowledgement are the first steps to understanding. Understanding uncovers the why behind behaviors. Once you know your Type and are trained on Type, you can begin to observe it in others. Can you imagine how better prepared you could be for a work meeting if you knew how to approach someone based on their preferences? For example, do you know if it would be better to send pre-reading materials or hold-off, knowing that the individual will want to talk through instead? Insight like this can make you a more valuable team player.

You may have heard or even taken the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) assessment. This is the tool used to determine your Type. The tool differs from most other personality assessments because it is based on dichotomies. As a respondent, you are asked to choose between two options that are familiar and acceptable. But you need to choose the option that is most natural, comfortable and automatic. After taking the assessment, you go through a learning session with a certified practitioner, and then decide your best-fit Type. There are 16 Types and there is no right or wrong Type. All are valuable, no one is better than another.

The MBTI® is based on Carl G. Jung’s theory that seemingly random variations in behavior are actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the way individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. This assessment was developed by a mother and daughter team, Katharine C. Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers and looks at four aspects of our personality to capture the fundamental elements of who we are and how we are motivated.

Once you uncover your best-fit Type, the applications are numerous in your everyday life, interactions, and team dynamics. In addition to increasing self-awareness, you gain an appreciation of differences in others, you can learn how to capitalize on your own strengths, and supplement areas that may not come as easily. These learnings can be pivotal.

Learning about Type and becoming a certified Type practitioner was life-changing for me, both personally and professionally. Here are just a few ways it improved my life:

1. Work Meetings: I was able to understand various stakeholder’s work styles and flex as needed. For example, there was one executive who needed to process information out loud to determine conclusions and next steps. A productive meeting was having him stand at his white board and map out his thoughts. With this in mind, I adjusted my approach by providing him the platform to drive the conversation. I listened first and then responded with my ideas versus presenting what I put together.

2. Career Path: I recognized the toll of working outside my preferences had on my overall professional happiness. I was able to talk to my manager and augment my work with additional responsibilities to satisfy my dominant function.

3. Relationships: Once my husband also understood his preferences, we were able to recognize and appreciate our different approaches. We also learned to see each other’s stress warning signs and knew ways to help each other circumvent these difficult situations. It transformed our communications to a whole other level.

Have I peeked your interest? Would you like to learn more? If so, I encourage you to sign up for a free consultation. We can discuss if MBTI® is something of interest to you. And for those who are already familiar with your Type, I offer deep-dive application sessions focused on improving communication and relieving stress. Get to know your Type!

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