The Myers-Briggs personality scale is still considered one of the most in-depth and accurate determiners of a person’s ability. Whether it is introverted or extroverted, intuitive or sensitive, where you fall on the Myers-Briggs scale can drastically affect your work life and your leadership style. Everyone has a leadership style that directly correlates to their personality type and these fit into four distinct categories. Leadership style grows from personality type- though this can be both a help and a hindrance to a manager.
The first type of leader is an analytical leader, who chooses to adapt and change systems to improve productivity and efficiency. They are rational, common sense thinkers who tend to see issues in terms of problems to be solved, rather than exploring them emotionally. Under pressure, these kinds of leaders are not the most sentimental and may be impatient if problems at work become too personal. Their approaches tend to consider how they can improve rather than invent new solutions, tinkering with systems to solve a problem rather than starting afresh.
The second leader is a diplomat. This kind of manager is visionary, blending ideas and problem solving with their own personal morals and values. They are active in the areas of their workplace they believe needs the most help and aim to inspire others to join in their larger vision for a team. Consider the leadership styles of someone like Walt Disney and his need for development employees to look far into the future and imagine things that had never been seen.
The third is Sentinel, a detail-focused, figure orientated leader who prides themselves on being meticulous in their work. These kinds of leaders care about rules and protocols and will generally consider data more important than opinion and individual thought. They see the bigger picture of any problem and are often working to preserve and protect something, rather than reinvent it.
The final leader is an explorer and is always looking for the quickest solution to a problem. These leaders love to take risks because the opportunity to succeed outweighs any potential failures such a risk might bring. These are leaders who emphasise doing things rather than thinking and planning them and don’t care much about the actions of leaders in the past. They want to make their own mark.
If you don’t know your Myers-Briggs type, a free test is available online now. It could just change your outlook on life and leadership.