Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Workshop for IgBS e-Leadership MBA students was organized in collaboration with SPAN Group. This half-day workshop was led by Antonija Kapović and Darija Loos Glebov, certified MBTI professionals from SPAN Human Resources Department. The workshop was aiming at providing students with skills needed for recognizing and understanding their personality preferences and also how to use them for the effective leadership and group collaboration.
The purpose of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
MBTI® assessment, knowledge of personality type and how it is used to make people more effective are used by many organizations, large and small throughout the world. Type can be introduced into an organization to support many functions and situations including: managing others, development of leadership skills, conflict resolution, executive coaching, change management, and other more customized needs.
Knowing your personality type, as measured through the MBTI® instrument, can help you with career planning at every stage: from your choices of subjects and majors in school to choosing your first career, to advancing in your organization or changing careers later in life.
Type and Work
When you understand your type preferences, you can approach your own work in a manner that best suits your style, including: how you manage your time, problem solving, best approaches for decision making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of type can help you better understand the culture of the place you work, develop new skills, understand your participation in teams, and cope with change in the workplace.
If your work involves selling, knowledge of type can be helpful in understanding what clients need from you, especially how they best like to learn about products and services and how they like to interact during the process of gathering information and making decisions.
People often find difficulty defining what kind of work they want to do or why a given field makes them comfortable or uncomfortable. Personality type is a practical tool for investigating what works for you, then looking for and recognizing work that satisfies your preferences. Knowing your MBTI® type may, for example, prove helpful in deciding what specific areas of law, medicine, education, or business a person prefers. A person with a preference for Introversion may find he or she is happier doing research, while a person who prefers Extroversion may favor a field with more interaction with people.
Work environments influence how comfortable you are at your job. Someone with a preference for Introversion, for example, who is required to do a lot of detail work or think through a problem, may find it disruptive to be in an environment that is too loud or where a lot of interaction is required. When you know this about yourself, you can make arrangements to do your work in a more suitable location or at a time when there is less activity and interference.
Even when circumstances make it necessary for you to do work that you have not chosen or which you must do as part of your overall job description, knowledge and understanding of type can help you discover and use your strengths to accomplish the work. When you find an unsatisfactory job fit, you can examine the reasons and seek solutions based on your preferences. When you do have an opportunity to take a new path in your work, type can help you analyze the fit of your type with your past work and consider what new direction can best fit with your preferences.
Type and Education
Many of the pioneering studies for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument were done with high school and college students. These original studies plus the ongoing data collected by colleges and universities in the United States have resulted in a wealth of information about how personality affects learning and teaching styles.
When teachers and students understand the differences in their teaching and learning styles, communication, and therefore learning, is enhanced. A student’s interests and ways of learning directly affect how he or she takes in information. This calls on educators to consider different teaching approaches, based on the needs of students.
Students whose preferences are different from those of a teacher may find it difficult to adjust to the classroom atmosphere and the teaching methods of that teacher. Teachers who vary their teaching styles after learning about personality type often find they can motivate and teach a wider range of students, because they are developing diverse approaches that better meet the needs of all students.
When students and teachers disagree, type knowledge can help both to recognize the validity of the other person’s approach and needs. Instead of labeling the student as “misbehaving” or the teacher as “unreasonable,” differences are better understood and respected.
When the common language of psychological type is understood, lesson plans can be tailored to meet the needs of all students. Teachers who know type can then approach the same lesson in multiple ways, appealing to the preferences of all their students. Education and learning are often closely linked to writing and creativity.
Algebra IgBS and Span
Algebra University College and Span Group work together through many years. Some of the most talented and successful Algebra students found their professional careers in Span and some of the current Span employees yet attend higher educational programs at the Algebra University College. These includes also the IgBS e-Leadership MBA program where there are currently two students from the Span Group. Antonija Kapović has also been a member of the Selection Committee for this generation of IgBS e-Leadership MBA students.
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