I have been involved in behavioural profiling using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as a platform for promoting organisational health for a number of years now. Looking at organisational behaviours is a growing industry with a dazzling array of psychometric profiling tools available. All of them, in one way or another, are designed to identify preferred patterns of behaviour in order to study the impact that behaviour has on individual and team performance.
This is an admirable pursuit. The result is the promotion of an intentional mindfulness and self awareness that is the mark of healthy and effective leadership. The application and benefits of these profiling tools is felt not just in the workplace but in all aspects of life - both in personal as well as professional relationships.
Essentially all profiling tools are all based on human behaviours that are both complex but also predictable. Much of what neuroscience is revealing about the workings of the human brain validate these patterns of learned behaviour. It is this very predictability that gives tools like the MBTI® their power. Behavioural patterns were first identified and studied in the ancient Greek world and have been an object of study for centuries. This fundamental aspect of human behaviour is physiologically and neurologically unchanged.
For many organisations the real issue in introducing these tools into their workplace is which tools is best suited for what is trying to be achieved. The issues are many. It needs to be relevant and applicable in the workplace as well as cost effective, measurable, deliverable and most importantly - simple. If the learning does not produce a re-examination and adaptation of behaviours then it produces little or no lasting value.
The huge value of the MBTI® is its consistency. Once understood its applications are endless and span issues such as conflict, change, communication, innovation, teamwork, leadership development, career development and many others. It offers a unique foundation for further development and learning. The MBTI® is now forging ahead in new areas such as commercial branding and identifying the dynamics of creativity and innovation in organisations.
Why not consider harnessing the power of the MBTI® as a formidable foundational tool for your organisation?