The MBTI instrument offers a constructive framework for understanding the differences between people, and using them in a positive way. Because the MBTI tool is based on many years research, starting with the ground-breaking work of Carl Jung, you can use the framework to get an accurate view of the personality strengths and blind spots typical of someone with your MBTI personality type.
It is the most widely used talent development questionnaire in the world, with up to 1.5 million people taking the questionnaire each year. The MBTI instrument has been used in just about every country in the world, because the framework it describes has meaning across cultures. It is extensively used by major national and multi‐national organisations in all business sectors: in the public sector and in the voluntary and community sector. Over 20 years of research went into the MBTI questionnaire prior to its publication.
The MBTI tool can be applied in many ways, including the following:
- Improving working relationships
- Developing your leadership style
- Improving communication
- Enhancing problem-solving strategies
- Resolving conflict
- Managing change
- Understanding stress reactions
- Exploring career development opportunities
- Valuing diversity in working style
- Considering team and organisational culture
Finding out your MBTI personality type involves completing a questionnaire, participating in a feedback process and then using information from the questionnaire and feedback process to decide for yourself what your type is. The feedback process can, and often is, done as a group as this gives opportunities for discussion and activities to explore the framework. However it is only appropriate to work in a group if everyone in the group is happy to share their MBTI personality type.