Background of MBTI
MBTI means Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
MBTI is a psychological analysing tool which has been worked out by Catharina Cook Myers and Isabel Briggs Myers on the basis of Jung’s therories of psychological types. The analysing tool has been developed and tested over a number of years, and is now a widely used tool for both individual career planning, personal development, leadership development and team development.
The use of MBTI in Denmark requires an authorization from OPP which owns all rights to MBTI in Denmark.
Differences as a resource?
Human beings are basically different. These differences are important to understand when people are to work together and their resources must be exploited the best way possible. MBTI describes such basic differences and focuses on how the differences of human beings can be experienced as an asset which can be used constructively on an individual basis and in teams.
MBTI creates an efficient background for investigating the communication and leadership style of the single individual, and how each person deals with planning and problem solutions. MBTI can also show which tasks an employee or a leader prefers to work with, which kind of support he or she needs from others, and which expectations each individual has in connection with own and other people’s performances.
In the interaction between equal persons or an employee and a leader, MBTI is a good tool for improving communication, solving conflicts, developing tolerances and learning to appreciate and make use of the working style of other people. The MBTI type descriptions help people to understand how differences, which earlier appeared irritating and difficult, can be exploited as constructive and be a source of a strengthened cooperation.
A working team has, when using MBTI as a tool, a good starting point for developing an efficient cooperation and having the cooperation constructed in a way for the team to be able to take advantage of the strengths of the team, to avoid potential weaknesses, and to maximise the contribution of the individual team members. The use of MBTI will also support the individual development of the team members, as you learn from each other’s skills. Further, MBTI can be used to secure an appropriate diversity and uniformity in the composition of teams and in the selection of persons for special tasks.
MBTI – a tool for development
A conversation- and training tool: Having a knowledge of your own and other people’s communication pattern, MBTI is a tool for optimising your own communication, conversation and training.
Self-insight and personal development: You get to know your own personal type and get tools to understand other people’s preferred action patterns, possibilities and potentials. And you get the possibility of building and developing competences within the area of your own weak and less developed sides.
Focus on diversities: MBTI puts the diversities of human beings into words and offers tools to appreciate and make use of them. And it provides a useful attention to the resources and strengths of different profiles.
Understanding and tolerance: MBTI gives you knowledge and understanding of other people’s action patterns – that other people are “differently structured” than yourself and of course therefore act, function and react in different ways.
Change of behaviour: MBTI gives you a possibility of adjusting your own behaviour based on the knowledge of your own and other people’s types in order to increase the understanding and communication. Of course you can only adjust your own behaviour, though J.
Activities and work: Knowing your own type of profile, it is natural to consider whether you use your preferences, competences and energy in the most appropriate way in relation to choice of work and working tasks, and whether you can increase your personal efficiency by changing some working conditions.
Interaction in teams: MBTI can offer you a picture of a team. What is the type code of the team, which special competences does the team have and what is the weakness of the team? Which roles do the different members of the team occupy? Does the team use its members constructively?
Organisation types: A company or parts of it can be described by using the MBTI type of profile. In this way, you get a picture of the company in relation to organisation, focus on the internal or external world, production, renewal, flexibility and relations.