Do you know what personality type you are - Extroverted or Introverted, Sensing or Intuitive, Thinking or Feeling, or Judging or Perceiving? I am an INFP. As a recently certified Myers Briggs practitioner I saw the depth and aptitude of the tool and am appreciative of how much research, application, and experience have gone into the validation of it. I also saw how accurately it depicted personality types. It was great to see how types tend to act or deal with things in certain situations and to see what the basis of personality is.
But one of the best things about the Myers Briggs type indicator is how much insight it gives you into other people’s personality types, and therefore how to work with those people. In building teams or organizations it is a great way to be aware of how teams may work together and/or what kind of conflict may occur.
Some organizations tend to hire the same type of personality type (e.g. - a company I currently consult for often hires ISTJs) which can reflect a strong organizational culture where employees are really bought into the values and core beliefs of the organization. Other organizations may have a mix of types which can indicate diversity, dialogue, and constructive idea generation. Both types of organizations can work and thrive.
The question is how do these organizations leverage those personality types for growth and how does it manage them in conflict? For example what personality type is going to help you market and sell? Which type will be creative? Which type will be visionary? And how can you get the different types to communicate in order to resolve conflict?
Knowing your team’s personality type can be very beneficial in answering the questions above. If you or your organization is looking to understand your team better, know how to leverage that team, and resolve any conflicts within that team taking the Myers Briggs Assessment can help. Come talk to me today about getting your assessment done today! Or check out Myers Briggs lite reports online at: Online Tests. Check it out today!
I don’t know about you, but I have been enamored by the Olympics and have been watching them as much as possible. What I especially love seeing are the Olympians who have fought through adversity and come back better for it.
This year the story was Jordyn Wieber of the women’s gymnastics team who missed out on making the all-around final because her score was lower than two other American gymnasts. But two days later she came back with the American team and won gold, only the second time in history that the American women’s team has done that. She led the team out with a vault where she stuck the landing and set the tone for the entire evening.
The other example is Michael Phelps not medaling in his first event, the 400 IM, and then two days later coming out and getting two medals to make Olympic history of 19 overall medals.
What is amazing about these two stories is the resilience that both of these Champions displayed. It is of course talent and hard work, but what really sets them above and beyond I think is their mindset. They were able to control their emotions of their loss, focus on the big picture of their goals, put the past behind them, recognize that they can learn and grow from this process and then hit gold.
Both of these champions were able to be resilient. They took what could have been catastrophic and turned it around to something amazing. They were able to think about the situation, let go of the pain and sorrow of it quickly by feeling the emotions associated with the process, and then get back to focusing on what they truly wanted.
As a result of their strong mind, they were able to remain confident and pull out incredible wins. That is what I call a true champion and a true leader!
How resilient are you in reaching your goals? What can you learn from these champions in working towards your vision?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.