Took a Meyers-Briggs personality test as part of the first class of Leadership Bryan County sponsored by the Bryan County Chamber of Commerce (get to that in a minute). I am an ESTJ. Big shocker (hear the sarcasm).
Not familiar with Myers-Briggs? That’s ok. They have a website. Go figure. The quotes are from there.
- Extrovert(E) or Introvert(I) – I got zero points in “Introvert.” I hear you snickering. The neat thing that I learned was you can’t trust someone’s outward appearance to judge their “E” or “I”. Someone can be very outgoing and social and be an “I”. Determining “E” or “I” is based on which situations give a person energy.
- Sensing(S) or Intuition(N) – Sensing focuses on “basic information.” Intuition “prefer to interpret and add meaning.” I used to be an “N.” The numbers are still very close. Reading through the material, it looks like this shift is a product of my busier life. Makes me a bit more bottomline-esque. Evidently, this is natural for a lot of people. Not necessarily this particular shift, but changes in general.
- Thinking(T) or Feeling(F) – Decision making is weighted first based on “logic and consistency” or “people and special circumstances.” These numbers aren’t incredibly close – I am a moderate “T”. Seems to me this is a good area to be balanced in for either type.
- Judging(J) or Perceiving(P) – I am a clear “J” and, at first, that hurt my feelings. But, the facilitator quickly explained that “judging” was not “judgemental.” I felt better. Thought I had just found another critical constraint. Better understood, Judgers “prefer to get things decided” and Perceivers “prefer to stay open to new information and options.” Ok – that’s me.
From the Meyers-Briggs site on overview of the ESTJ
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
Hmmm. That reminds me of somebody I know….
If you decide to go over there and check out the site, you’ll see yourself in a few of the summaries. I happen to think that’s a good thing. I am a fan of balance. But, we had an excellent facilitator who explained the nuances of the personality types. Our group quickly understood that while they are many things, they prefer certain things, have a tendency towards certain behaviors and gain energy from certain situations.
Have you ever taken one of these? I’d love to hear your reactions. Never taken one? Do you see it as beneficial information you’d like to have or no?
*Guess I will have to get to the Leadership Bryan County thing in the next post…can’t take up all of your day 🙂