Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Become a Better Leader

Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Become a Better Leader
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-09-30
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Unit 2 Transcript: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Unit 3 Workbook: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Unit 4 Recording: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely used personality assessment used all over the world. In the professional setting, familiarity with the MBTI can help boost individual and team performance, enhance employee retention and reduce workplace conflicts. This webinar aims to deep-dive into the four dichotomies from which the 16 typologies are based on.

This session’s instructor is Dr. Chris Jones. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer. He then became a Training Specialist at the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and National Forensic Academy. He currently oversees training for 3M’s enterprise operations and developed curricula and presented for domestic and international law enforcement programs.

Specifics of this webinar include:

  • Defining what MBTI is and is not, how it is used by various organizations worldwide, and the results of using MBTI for both the individuals and the organizations.
  • A brief history on the inception of the MBTI – from its basis in Carl Jung’s work and the development of the assessment.
  • Dissecting the four dichotomies and identifying the characteristics of the 16 MBTI personality types.
    • Whether we get energy from solitary activities (introverts) or socialization (extroverts).
    • Whether we take in information based on observable facts and experience (sensing) or from abstract patterns, hunches, and possibilities (intuition).
    • Whether we make decisions objectively considering cause and effect (thinking) or based on empathy and compassion that takes personal/social values into account (feeling).
    • Whether we deal with the world in a planned, organized, and systematic manner (judging) or in a flexible, casual, and explorative way (perceiving).
  • Applying MBTI in different facets of our life and how we can move from one side of the dichotomies to another as we adapt to the circumstances we’re faced with.
  • Unpacking how the dichotomies manifest in the workplace in terms of:
    • Processing information, providing an opinion based on it, and decision-making.
    • The ideal work atmosphere and preference for the people we work with.
    • The leaders’ qualities and leadership style.
    • Navigating changes and stressors.
    • Maintaining standards and means of communication.
    • Planning and means of completing deliverables.
  • The functions lens based on the middle four dichotomies which are demonstrated as values, passions, actions, and goals in the workplace that shapes the team’s culture and leadership.
  • The biggest and most evident dichotomy between introversion and extroversion and strategies to best appeal to someone that possesses an opposite quality.

Questions from the webinar audience were about:

  • Becoming a Myers-Briggs assessor.
  • The ability to demonstrate characteristics from both sides of a dichotomy.
  • What it means to find the middle-ground to cater to different personality traits.
  • Bridging the gap with someone who has opposite preferences.
  • How culture and other external factors can influence one’s assessment results.


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Audience Comments

  • “It was so interesting to hear how coworkers can better anticipate each other’s needs, and work methods just by knowing which of these categories they fall into. It’s so great to be able to understand that not everyone is going to fit your expectations because each person needs to be held to different expectations (but not different standards of work).” — Christine
  • “I am familiar with Myers Briggs but this helped me understand the nuances and uses better. “– Karen
  • “I learned a great deal about my own supervisor and the fact that she already implements trying to reach each of the personalities, even though I originally thought she was just sporadic.” — Taylor
  • “Learning about what type I might be, but also remember to consider what others are so that we can be productive & successful with differences.” — Amy
  • “The examples were great! helped me understand more than just reading! I think that more examples for “finding the middle ground” would have helped – what do you do with extreme sides on one team? Individualized is good, but teamwork is better? Thank you for this amazing info!” — Jillian
  • “Wonderful breakdown of the MBTI types! Presenter for awesome, one of the best I’ve heard so far!” — Alarie
  • “I am hoping to move into management and this gave me some great perspective and a new lens to view the teams I work with.” — Kristin
  • “Reviewing the different personality types and preferences, learning more about introvert and extrovert. Speaker did an excellent job of explaining all of the information. Especially that leaders who are aware of the preferences of team members really can build a highly effective team. This was an awesome presentation.” — Marilyn
  • “I appreciate learning about yourself but more importantly learning the style of those you manage to be a better leader. Great presentation.” — Lezlie
  • “My undergraduate and graduate degree(s) are in Psychology, so bringing this test into leadership was very interesting to me and opened my eyes to how I can better support my staff.” — Rachael
  • “Never realized the Meyers Briggs was applicable in surveying leadership types.” — Traci


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