Your personality affects how you deal with others, take in information, and make choices. In a way, knowing our personality can help us to predict how we will react to the different kind of tasks and job responsibilities. Given that we spent about 8 hours a day interacting with our co-workers and bosses at work, our interactions and relationships with them are largely shaped by their personality and traits!
Knowing your personality can help you:
Find a better fit job
Adapt and communicate effectively with your colleagues and bosses
Be a better co-worker, manager and team leader
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a framework for understanding your personality. It assesses your preferences and describes four different aspects of personality.
Extraversion – Introversion
How do you direct and receive energy?
Enjoys frequent discussions and exchange of ideas with groups of colleagues
Prefers to think through an idea or favour one-on-one discussion
Sensing – Intuition (S–N)
How do you take in information?
Prefers to learn step by step and base decisions on details like data and facts
Looks at the big picture and considers possible opportunities and connections
Thinking – Feeling (T–F)
do you decide and come to conclusions?
Makes decisions using a logical approach and is seen as someone firm but fair
Makes decisions using an empathetic approach and is sensitive to people’s emotions
Judging vs Perceiving (J–P) Preference Pair
do you approach the outside world?
Takes on a planned approach to life and prefers more control
Takes on a more spontaneous approach and prefers to experience the process
There are various types of personality assessments and MBTI is one of the most widely used. Remember, no personality type is better than another, as each will have its strengths and blind spots. Understanding your personality type can help you enhance the way you communicate and make decisions. Take the full test at Truity to get your MBTI code.
Geraldine Chua is a certified Career Coach with ten years of experience guiding professionals from different age groups in Career Planning and Transition. She is also a certified MBTI facilitator and developer of “Repurpose Your Career” Workshop under the Career Energiser workshop series.