Knowing yourself and others: MBTI test in the acondas team to determine personality types according to Myers Briggs.
Successful strategy implementation is largely based on positive interaction with a large number of people in client companies. Knowledge of one’s own and others’ personality traits is an important component of successful interaction. Therefore, we regularly sensitize our consultants to how different types of people think, process information and act. This helps us to deal with them appropriately and also to sharpen their self-image.
The MBTI – Myers Briggs Type Indicator – is a personality test based on the “psychological types” identified by Carl Gustav Jung. The types are divided into four indicators (two perceptual and two judgmental): Motivation/Drive, Attention, Decision, and Lifestyle. Each type indicator has dichotomous trait expressions: Extraversion/Introversion (E/I), Intuition/Sensory (N/S), Thinking/Feeling (T/F), Perception/Judgment (P/J). While everyone is capable of adapting their actions to the current situation, most people prefer certain approaches, falling into one of four “types”. It is important to note that the MBTI describes preferences or patterns of preferences, not abilities, chances of success, intelligence, emotional maturity, or mental health.
The test identifies which trait types individuals are most likely to be assigned to. The type ENTJ stands for extraverted, intuitive, thinking, judging.
At acondas, we conducted a first comprehensive MBTI test across the entire team in 2016. We now want to repeat this test in an expanded form.
How will the personality test work at acondas?
Our employees complete an online questionnaire with 72 dichotomous questions from the MBTI Institute as part of a self-assessment. On this basis, the MBTI characteristics are determined and explained in detail.
In addition, several acondas managers will also assess our employees to better understand the professional significance of employees’ personality types. Then we will compare self-perception and external perception. Finally, our long-standing management trainer and coach, Dragan Milicevic, will conduct a training session with the entire acondas team to sensitize our consultants to how they can interact successfully with the different personality types.
How will the acondas team benefit from the test?
The acondas team will benefit from the test in many ways. First, the MBTI test will help us create a common language to identify and talk about similarities and differences across team members’ personality traits. Second, we want to leverage the diverse characteristics internally and in the customer project teams. Third, we aim to use our understanding of different personality types and how differently we think and work to reduce team conflicts and improve our teamwork. Fourth, understanding the preferred communication patterns of our colleagues and clients based on their types can help us to respond to them more effectively. Finally, the results can provide important impulses for recruiting by showing which personality traits are underrepresented in the acondas team.
How will I personally benefit from the survey?
You will also benefit individually from taking the extended MBTI test. For example, better understanding your MBTI personality type will give you a more positive view of and greater acceptance of yourself and your own preferred patterns of thinking and behavior. At the same time, you will better recognize differences across the personality traits of others and take these into account and value them in your interactions with them.
If you have any questions about the MBTI test in the acondas team or about our consulting work, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.