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Bill Gates & Steve Jobs knew it, now you can too! Workplace Skills with the MBTI

Bill Gates & Steve Jobs knew it, now you can too! Workplace Skills with the MBTI

By Aligned Signs (1000 words)
Posted in Myers-Briggs® on May 22, 2015

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It is common knowledge that people with different personalities approach their jobs differently. In today’s age, goal accomplishment at the workplace is commonly a group effort. The gelling together of people on the same team but with different mindsets is hence imperative. It may define an organization’s success or failure.

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) ® is a scientific tool that helps gauge social behavior, through process, decision making, likings and aversions of a person. The tool uses a questionnaire method to assess personality type preferences. The MBTI® assessment is increasingly used by organizations to pick candidates with compatible dispositions to fit work profiles. It is also used to get the right mix of people in a team.

Based on workplace behavior, employees can be classified into the following categories:

The Alpha




The person is a leader and enjoys competition. He or she is focused on a given goal and never misses a deadline because they feel part of their identity is linked to their corporate conquests. An authoritative leader, he or she will ensure that the team never slacks off and remains motivated. It will be tough to keep up with the standards set by this ambitious personnel because they are likely volunteering to take on new and unchartered tasks. The other members may not always find him or her likable. MBTI types ESTJ, ISTJ, ENTJ, INTJ,and ENFP can be considered to fall under this category naturally.


“We're just enthusiastic about what we do.” ~Steve Jobs


The Pragmatist

The person bases logic on cold facts. His analysis is error-free, and conclusions are clear. He likes to follow a set process in an organized manner. The focus on detail is high, so he may take longer to finish his tasks. If there is a situation at hand that needs to be thought through, this individual will be the one asking all the necessary questions to try to ensure things are completed correctly. They prefer to work in their own space at their own pace. MBTI types ISTP, ESTP, and INTP can be considered pragmatic employees.

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”
~John Wooden


The Naturals

She loves to go off the beaten track and work unconventionally though others may perceive this as wondering off track. She does best when the mission aligns with her values and feels right. Her strength is her unique ideas that may strike her outside in the garden rather than in her cubicle! As an inherent networker, she brings a lot of sunshine to the cooperative and encourages everyone to come up with out-of-the-box solutions. It may be difficult for other members to recognize the value of her ideas at the first go. Though they will do well to understand that she always has her sights on the target and has potential to deliver spectacular results. MBTI types ISFP, ENTP, ESFP and INFP can be creative employees.


“Rules broken today become norms tomorrow.”
~Bill Gates



The Warriors

The person cares a lot for all associates and the general morale. He or she likes to create a harmony in the team that leads to efficient performance. The role of the mediator in times of conflict is ideal for him or her. This person usually has a pleasing personality, quality communication skills and a willingness to listen. Motivated by their loyalty and desire for the group as a whole to deliver results, they might be inclined to work extra hours to ensure delivery of the results. The person works to clarify ambiguity and does their best to protect the team from internal and external factors that might cause conflict. MBTI types ISFJ, ESFJ, ENFJ, INFJ can be considered to be warriors for the greater good kind of employees.

“Leadership is all about raising the aspirations of people.”
~Narayan Murthy

Generally an ideal combination comprises of a smattering of people of all of the above types. Having too many or too less of the same personality type may cause imbalances as a complete entity, leading to ineffective outputs. On the other hand, a balanced team with varied traits will succeed in most projects.

“If an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”
~Albert Einstein





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