The understanding that members of your team have fundamentally different strengths and weaknesses is key to achieving your team’s goals. Whilst your manager (or yourself) may be a boisterous leader capable of inspiring results and pushing individuals to break through new ground, this does not mean the quieter more reserved team mates do not bring unique qualities that are pivotal to success. There are many ways to understand these employee types but one of the most popular methods used in Corporate team building is the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator. In fact over 50million people across the world are estimated to have taken it!
You can undertake free personality tests online to find out your type or you may easily identify with one of 16 descriptors. These descriptors are derived from y are 4 central questions:
Your ‘worldly relationship’: Do you focus and gain energy more from the outer world or on your own inner world? This is will decide your level of Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information and details or do you find that you have great trust for what you interpret? This is the binary between Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
Making Decisions: When making decisions, do you rely on logic and consistency or are more influenced by people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
Structure: Do you prefer decisions and plans in your life to be predetermined and decided in advance or would you rather stay open to new information and options? This will determine whether you are Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) based.
You will then combine the answers to formulate your ‘type’. For example the Great Race hosts are all a bunch of actors with a go-with-the-flow attitude who are able to be reactive in ever-changing circumstances (great qualities for running events!). We primarily fit into the ENTP Myers Briggs Personality Type. If we worked with you, you would find us Enthusiastic, Global, Abstract and Novelty Seeking. This may help you to understand why we like games and lateral thinking over structure and negative reinforcement.
Knowing your own type and the types of those in your team is so beneficial to breeding good communication and successful delegation. If this has peaked your interest we recommend you explore further at http://www.myersbriggs.org/.
We have run hundreds of team building events and have games that appeal to all personality types. We know that the organized extrovert may want to lead their team and yet it’s the introverted thinker that will save the day with strategy and problem solving. If you are looking for a way to bring these different types in your workplace together, check out our Corporate Team Building Events.Back to Blog