Personality, Style, and Skills

The results are in! Today we all received our long awaited personality test results for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B). I had taken the MBTI many years ago and my results were quite polar in all areas, but one. Years ago I was an ENTJ and now I am an INTJ. It seems I have migrated a bit toward the middle, I guess in my youth I was a bit more black and white. Now I am more comfortable with gray, and all the ambiguities and nuisances that life brings. In the E/I category I hover between being an Extrovert or an Introvert. At this point the Introvert side seems to have dominance and I think that is probably accurate and aligns with my true nature. The other element that really resonated with me was the idea of NTs being “Systems People.” I am absolutely that guy; I love thinking about the big picture and they way all the pieces fit together to an organization or school tick.

The FIRO-B was new to me and provided some interesting insights into how I interact with other people. I am still processing the overall results, but it makes sense that affection is my strongest interpersonal need and that I equally want to give and receive affection. I don’t fully grasp on my inclusion score, I have a 4 for expressed and a 0 for wanted. I think these are things I will have to sit with and continue to reflect upon.

The biggest lesson for me is that no one person can be all things, and that the most productive teams have people with different styles and skill sets that augment one another. The more varied the perspectives that are brought to the table the better the outcome.