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Applications of the MBTI® with other models

Posted by Jan Craft - Monday, March 11, 2013

Mar 11

One of the great benefits of using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® assessment is the consistency with which it can predict human behaviours. This predictability is extremely useful in understanding and managing a wide range of  issues in the workplace such as change, conflict, stress and many others. The power of the MBTI® is particularly evident when used as a complimentary tool with other instruments. Type Theory is further validated when used to help interpret behavioural outcomes in other indicator models.  

Type Theory is predicated on an understanding that an individuals type in innate and does not change in one's lifetime. This is a characteristic it shares with other personality models such as Temperament Type Theory and the Enneagramme. There are many useful models however that are dynamic in nature in that they allow for behavioural shifts based on the response choice an individual makes in a given situation. These personality indicator models include the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument ™, Fundamental Inter-Personal Relations Orientation™(FIRO®), David Kolb's Learning Styles and David Kelsey's work on Temperament Theory among many others. CPP Asia Pacific, the licensed provider and distributor of the MBTI® in Australia, has recently produced an informative guide on how an understanding of Type can deliver powerful insights to the facilitation of  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model. The advantage of this collaboration is a greater richness of personal data that in turn delivers deeper insight into an individuals behaviour. 

The facilitation of a MBTI® workshop is a powerful platform on which to build learning about deep self in terms of function and motivation. It provides a rich body of personal data and enhanced self awareness.  

To develop an awareness of our behavioural style and choices is highly valuable but when used alongside the MBTI® the benefit is increased many fold. To be honest I can think of few learning situations where a case for incorporating the MBTI® is not compelling in terms of added value.

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