The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely utilized personality preference instrument in the world—70% of Fortune 500 companies have used the MBTI to maximize communication and effectiveness in the workplace.
The MBTI is based on Carl Jung’s theory of personality type and was developed by a mother and daughter, Katherine Biggs and Isabel Myers in the early 1940s. It sheds light on work environments through the identifications of 16 personality types.
The benefit of this instrument is that it provides a common language for everyone to use to describe behaviors we all display and encounter, thereby reducing the time it takes to communicate effectively. It also provides a positive way for individuals to look at themselves and to evaluate their strengths and blind spots.
Within organizations, the MBTI helps reduce conflict through developing a shared appreciation of differences. The MBTI acts as a lens through which to diagnose organizational concerns and to direct people and processes to develop strategies and solutions, as well as supporting creation of more effective teams.