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MBTI and Team Dynamics

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Melissa Harrington

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of MBTI and Team Dynamics

Strengths of the ENFJ
Brings strong ideas of how organizations should treat people.
Enjoys leading and facilitating teams.
Encourages cooperation.
Communicates organizational values.
Strengths of the INFP
Communicate and persuade with their ideals.
Draw individuals together around a common purpose.
Work to find matches for people in organizations.
Seek new ideas and possibilities for the organization.
Quietly push an organization to uphold values.
Strengths of the ESTJ
See, point out, and correct flaws in advance.
Critique programs in a logical, objective way.
Organize the process, product, and people to achieve goals.
Monitor to determine if the tasks are done correctly.
Follow through in a step-by-step way.
Weakness of the ENFJ
May idealize others and suffer from blind loyalty.
May sweep problems under the rug when in conflict.
May ignore tasks in favor of relationship issues.
May take criticism personally and be overly self-critical.
Weaknesses of the INFP
May delay completion of tasks due to perfectionism.
May try to please too many people at once.
May not adjust their ideals to the facts and logic of the situation.
May spend more time in reflection than action.
Weakness of the ESTJ
May decide too quickly and pressure others to do the same.
May not see a need for changing what they believe is already working.
May overlook the interpersonal niceties in getting the job done.
May be overtaken by their emotions when they ignore their own feelings and values for too long.
MBTI and Team Dynamics
Stephanie Yates--ENFJ
Lanea Aguilar--INFP
Melissa Harrington--ESTJ
Implications-Team Building
Extroverts need activity to participate, learn, and understand, whereas Introverts need time to reflect.
Therefore when creating team building activities, we must account for both preferences.
The types communicate in different ways.
Making sure you're understood in the way you want means using type based strategies to deal with others more effectively.
Many adult training methods presume the desire for group work and active discussion for all adults. For many types e.g., ISTJ, INTP this is not a productive way to learn unless there's a relevant context.
Type theory contends that all types can lead in a valuable way.
For Introverts, leadership means leaving them alone to do their job.
People that prefer Sensing and Judging generally want someone to model the required behaviors in a traditional, authority laden role.
People who prefer Intuitive and Feeling usually look for a charismatic leader.
Most senior executives, however, prefer Thinking and Judging.
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What is the MBTI?
Sometimes working with different personality types can be a challenge...
Working with Different Personality Types
Need to allow all to express their preferences
Allocate time for reflection and discussion
Be open-minded

If these steps are not taken to allow everyone to feel like they are contributing, there can be several challenges arise that will hinder progress.
Challenges of Extraverts
Working Together
More talking than listening
Conflict could arise from their speak, then think mentality
Competition for spotlight
May get off subject due to useless "talk back" banter
Boundaries not respected
Challenges of Extraverts Working with Introverts
Extraverts tend to invade Introverts space and time
Introverts give less "strokes," where Extraverts actually thrive off more
Extraverts are impatient, where Introverts need time to reflect
Introverts are outnumbered, and therefore must find a way to function
Challenges of iNtuitives Working
May "overlook facts"
Look at the big picture more than paying attention to details
Trouble turning a concept into reality
Challenges of iNtuitives and Sensors Working Together
iNtuitives work better in groups, while sensors think they are a waste of time
Sensors prefer to focus on details, while iNtuitives see the "grand scheme"
Sensors prefer to solve problems quickly, while iNtuitives like to consider all alternatives first
Challenges of Feelers Working Together
Things may not get considered if it will be "unpleasant"
Not logical
Difficulty being objective
Challenges of Feelers and Thinkers Working Together
Different philosophies
Feelers need to get along with those they work with; Thinkers are only concerned with solving the problem
Feelers are sensitive to Thinkers criticisms
Challenges of Judgers Working Together
Come to conclusions too quickly
Seem like bad team players
Minds already made up
Rigid schedule, won't deal with not scheduled interruptions
Challenges of Judgers and Perceivers Working Together
Perceivers frustrate Judgers with spontaneity
Judgers make decisions too quickly, while Perceivers prefer to consider alternatives
Perceivers "turned off" by Judgers' close-mindedness
Adaptive vs One-Sided Preferences
(Quenk 7)
(Kroeger, Thuesen, Rutledge 87)
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