How Understanding Your Personality Type Can Lead You to Career Success

Personality tests, such as the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), can give great insight into your unique traits and how they influence your work habits. It can help you understand how you solve problems, what motivates you and the conditions you perform best under.


Your MBTI is made up of four key parts:


  1. Energy Style

  2. Cognitive Style

  3. Values Style

  4. Self-management Style


Below, we break down each component into two types and explain how each type impacts your overall work style.


Energy Style


Extroverts: are energized by other people and the world around them


At work, extroverts…

  • Like to collaborate with others on a team

  • Often think out loud when brainstorming

  • Like to share their ideas with coworkers

  • Enjoy speaking in a presentation-like setting

  • Become drained or lose motivation when having to work alone


Introverts: are energized by quiet time alone


At work, introverts…

  • Like to work in quiet spaces where they can concentrate

  • Prefer to brainstorm on their own before sharing their ideas with others

  • Tend to better focus on projects that require a deep understanding

  • Become drained when having to speak publicly or with many people


Cognitive Style


Sensors: Thing about things in a practical and factual way


At work, sensors…

  • Tend to focus on facts and details

  • Rely on knowledge and previous experience when making decisions

  • Often enjoy hands-on work rather than working with concepts and ideas



iNtuitives: Think about things in an abstract and imaginative way


At work, iNtuitives…

  • Tend to focus on theories, ideas and concepts

  • Like to look for brand new solutions to problems

  • Are “big picture” type of people

  • Typically don't enjoy routine work where they don't have the opportunity to be innovative and creative


Values Style


Thinkers: Value objectivity and logic


At work, Thinkers…

  • Prefer to make decisions based on reason and logic

  • Be focused on the project itself rather than the people involved

  • May be more competitive than cooperative

  • Typically believe emotions and personal issues should be left out of the workplace


Feelers: Value empathy and personal relationships


At work, Feelers:

  • Value relationships and service to others

  • Often want to do work that reflects their values and makes the world a better place

  • Typically put the task secondary to creating a strong team

  • Desire a workplace that is personable, where everyone feels supported and appreciated


Self-management Style


Judgers: Like to be organized and plan ahead


At work, Judgers:

  • Appreciate order and structure

  • Like to plan ahead and not deviate from that plan

  • Stick to schedules and deliver on deadlines

  • Often will not thrive in unpredictable workplaces subject to constant change


Perceivers: Like to be flexible and spontaneous


At work, Perceivers…

  • Appreciate flexibility and like the freedom to adapt and change

  • Prefer not to plan, like to work when inspiration strikes

  • Feel limited by schedules and deadlines

  • May struggle delivering on deadlines but will excel in unpredictable situations


After taking the MBTI test, you will see your four-letter code and the percentage breakdown based on your answers. For example, you may be an INTP meaning you are an introvert, iNtuitive, thinker and perceiver. Your percentage breakdown will indicate how much you lean towards one end of the spectrum. For many, they are never 100% extroverted or 100% introverted but rather somewhere in between. That’s why you may feel like you don’t completely identify with all of the traits listed under one of your style types.


By understanding where your tendencies lie for each style, you can gain a better understanding of what career path best suits you and how you best operate in the workplace. You can recognize your strengths and weaknesses, which can help you better communicate, collaborate and perform at work.


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