By Melissa McManus
In Part One, we discussed the different attributes that make up the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Now we’ll finish off the series by discussing how you can use MBTIs in the workplace.
The first step in applying the MBTI to your professional life is understanding your preferences and the preferences of those you work with. You do not have to take a personality assessment to be observant, which is all it takes in most cases to realize the different preferences of those around you.
In the workplace, be mindful of others’ preferences. If your coworker is an introvert (I), give them space to be alone when needed. If they are an extrovert (E), try to give them your ideas and provide feedback.
For sensing (S) types, give them your focus and dial in on the details with them. For intuitive (N), types try to not get frustrated when they want to go over an idea multiple times or when they want to explore more abstract angels.
Judging (J) types need deadlines, therefore, if you have “J” coworkers, try to make sure that if you’re asking them for something, you attach a deadline to it. Perceiving (P) types are excited about change and flexibility. If you need something by a certain date, provide them a flexible timeframe and make it earlier than you need so that they can get it done on their timeline.
Lastly, if you have a feeling (F) coworker, try to see the logic and benefit from an analytical point of the human side of things. Don’t be too critical of them, as you may hurt their feelings. On the other hand, if you are dealing with a thinking (T) type in the office, present them ideas in a logical and analytical manner and minimize the fluff.
These are just a few little things that you can do that will assist you in interacting with those around you who might have different preferences from you. If you want to learn more or discover your type, you can visit www.16personalities.com.
About the Author: Melissa McManus has five years of research experience as well as over a decade of experience working in the educational sector spanning from TK through Adult education. Melissa has a Masters in counseling, received from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Development. Melissa’s professional interests include human behavior, research, writing, coaching, training, and knowledge transfer. On a more personal note, Melissa is involved in community service efforts including serving as chair of her children’s school site council, volunteering her time as an art docent, and serving in the library of her local church. In her free time when she is not running her kids to gymnastics or karate, Melissa enjoys reading (a lot), wine tasting, Crossfit, being with friends/family, and spending time with her husband and two children.