The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
...and other self-assessment measures.
Knowing yourself, and how you are both different from and the same as others in your workplace, is a core competency for effective leaders.
Accurate and reliable self-knowledge, using instruments such as those described below:
- Provides an opportunity for more open communication
- Highlights the importance of understanding and managing diversity
- Provides insights into how to resolve conflict
- Provides a complete approach to understanding yourself and others
- Enables one to speak to others from their perspective
- Helps leaders understand their own 'style' and the way they are perceived by others
The Self-Assessment tools which Rob can offer to clients are:
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Learning Tactics Inventory
- Career Anchors
- FIRO-B assessment (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior)
- "Need-strengths" assessment
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
A personality inventory to enhance individual and team performance
- MBTI step 1
- MBTI step 2
FutureShape will administer and interpret the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory and work with your team to help them understand the significance of their own and others' personality types and how to use this knowledge to improve work performance and satisfaction.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument (MBTI) was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs. Their aim was to create a tool to indicate, validate, and put to practical use C.G. Jung's work on psychological types. Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist whose book Psychological Types was an expression of his efforts to understand individual differences among people.
After more than 50 years of research and development, the current Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Instrument is the most widely used instrument for understanding normal personality differences. Because it explains basic patterns in human functioning, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Instrument is used for a wide variety of purposes, including the following:
- Team Building and Development
- Executive Coaching
- Conflict Resolution
- Improving Team Processes
- Leadership Development Programs
- Improved Influencing Skills
- Understanding of your own behaviour
- Career development and exploration
- Management and leadership training
- Problem solving
Note the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is not useful for recruitment, prediction of success or skills assessment.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire designed to make Jung's theory of psychological types understandable and useful in everyday life. MBTI Instrument results identify valuable differences between normal, healthy people that can be the source of much misunderstanding and miscommunication.
Each year, over 2 million people take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Rob Stones is accredited with the APP (Australian Psychologists Press) to administer the MBTI Step 1 and 2, and to assist individuals, groups and organisations to understand the implications of type difference.
Learning Tactics Inventory
The ability to learn effectively is a vital performance tool. The LTI is designed for those who wish to become better at learning from experience. The LTI profiles the way a person prefers to learn, outlines the consequences of overuse of a particular learning tactic, and explores ways to adopt new learning strategies and behaviors.
Understanding of your preferred Learning Tactics enables you to:
- Identify your preferred learning profile and the way you like to learn
- Develop strategies to improve learning effectiveness
- Create learning goals that improve performance
A "career anchor" is elicited through your own perceptions of your preferences, competences, motives and values. The Career Anchors instrument is designed to help you identify your anchors and to think about how their values relate to career choices.
Designed as a systematic way to explore past activities and future aspirations, the assessment will help you get a clearer picture of yourself and the qualities you haven't considered or simply take for granted.
Developed by Edgar Schein at MIT's Sloan School of Management, the Career Anchors Self-Assessment is designed to help you think through tough questions about why you are doing what you do.
Completing the self-assessment and taking time to consider your answers will help you to:
- Determine your own career anchors
- Gain better insight into your own career situation
- Understand what values are most important to you
- Make your future job decisions more easily and with greater insight
- Enhance future workplace happiness and success
Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B) Assessment
The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B) is a self-reporting tool that assesses how an individual's personal needs affect that person's behavior towards other individuals. This highly valid and reliable instrument offers insight into your compatibility with others, as well as providing insight into your own individual characteristics.
The FIRO-B is an ideal tool to use for interpersonal behavior measurement and assessment, including:
- Leadership and management development
- Identifying leaders' preferred operating styles
- Employee development
- Team-building and explaining team roles
- Improving team effectiveness
- Advancing career development
Based on research with successful global managers and international executives, Prospector gives important feedback on skills that help managers improve their ability to learn from experience and their willingness to engage in and to take advantage of growth opportunities.
This simple self-assessment of need strengths is derived from William Glasser's Choice Theory. By understanding the relative strengths of your need for Power, Relationships, Freedom and Fun, you will discover more about your leadership and work environment preferences.
It is enlightenment to know one's self.