What Is your Personality Type and why does it matter?

Why Know Your Personality Type (Preferences)?

3 Reasons to Know Your Personality Type (Preferences)

There are several popular Personality Tests (assessments) commonly used. Many of which use the 16 quadrant-4 scale methodology made popular by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment. The work in this area was started by Carl Jung and continued by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs and others. For free you can take the IDMyPlan Personality Preferences Assessment.

This theory is that while we are all still unique, we do have a genetic imprint of personality preferences associated with these 4 questions:

  • Where do you prefer to focus your attention and energy: on the outer world of people or inner world of thoughts? (E-Extraversion vs. I-Introversion)
  • How do you prefer to process information: by thinking “what now” or “what if”? (S-Sensing vs. N-Intuition)
  • What is your preferred way to first evaluate a decision: by logic and analysis or by considering other’s emotions? (T-Thinking vs. F-Feeling)
  • How do you prefer to approach the outside world: plan ahead or stay flexible? (J-Judging vs. P-Perceiving)
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    Yes, in different situations we will have different preferences but you are going to more often prefer one over the other. It is important to know your true preferences. Here are 3 Reasons Why:

    1. Career Considerations (Go With The Flow)

    You want to be cautious about taking on a career or job that, in order to be successful, you will need to be spend more of your time going against your preferences than not. This is a recipe for burnout and un-sustainability. It is easy to be deceived because sometimes you can like an activity or place high value on it but it still fights with your preferences. For example: a fireman who prefers to think about the future may find it difficult to consistently fight fires as a regular fireman because the nature of the job requires the individual to be in the here and now, not thinking about “what if”. However, that fireman might really enjoy, for the longer term, arson investigation or fire station planning. It is important to understand why you like or don’t like an activity.

    2. Personal and Professional Development (Be All You Can Be)

    To add to our maturity, expertise and professionalism we need to always be developing and growing and not just in our areas of preferences. We are naturally going to be drawn to our preferences and so this development area will be easier. When we understand and recognize the non-preferences, we should know it will take more energy and intentionality to develop in these non-preferred areas. For example: we live in a world that requires planning and organizing (J-judging). For those that prefer to stay flexible and leave options open (P-perceiving) it is especially important develop a certain level of proficiency for planning and organizing in order to function well with the rest of the world. If it is not a preference then it will take more energy and intentionality to develop.

    3. Understand and Collaborate with Others (It Takes Teamwork)

    Hiring managers will tell you – being capable of doing a job is only a part of the decision process for hiring. Equally important for them is having confidence a candidate will get along and work well with coworkers. When employees understand their personality preferences that is a good first step in understanding how others think and are motivated. For example: if the logical and analytical (T-thinking) employee disregards the emotional considerations of others on the team then chances of collaboration and success go down!

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