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What is the Myers-Briggs Personality Test & Why is it Important?

BY GRACE DEARING, WEB EDITOR

If you’ve ever been involved in a leadership team, chances are you’ve taken the Myers-Briggs personality test at least once. If not, here’s your chance to learn about it!

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is often used to understand one’s behavior and the ways in which they respond to their environments around them. Factors like these may seem random and meaningless when actually the opposite is true. Most “random” behavior is actually very common and consistent among individuals with similar perceptions and judgment.

Once you understand what your personality type is in relation to those around you, you can use this information to become a better leader. When you understand someone else’s personality type, you can use this information to become more efficient in the way you respond to conflict or work collaboratively with them. 

The Myers-Briggs personality test, developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, determines a variety of personality traits, including extroversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling and judging vs. perceiving.

For example, I am an INFJ which means that I am more introverted, rely more heavily on my intuition, am driven primarily by my feelings and tend to judge the environment around me rather than perceive it. Because I know this, I know that the way I react to people around me (and the way I expect them to interact with me) is different from someone who is not my same personality type. 

The different personality types are as follows:

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Every single one of these types responds to the world around them in a very specific way. Subsequently, they expect the world around them to interact with them in a very specific way as well. Understanding your own personality type will allow you to play to your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses.

Take the Myers-Briggs personality test here.

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