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How To Manage Every Personality Type

Understanding both your personality type and the personality types of your employees is a great place to start if you want to increase your managerial effectiveness. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an effective (and fascinating) tool to manage this personality wrangling - MBTI. The MBTI is widely used globally, with 89 of the Fortune 100 organizations using it.


Let’s take a look at 4 categories of MBTI!

Source: Business Insider

The MBTI is a self-reported personality survey based on Carl Jung's Theory of Psychological Types that has been available in various forms since the 1940s. Respondents are asked a series of questions about their feelings and interests, with the goal of categorizing them into one of 16 personality types.

Here are some insights to work effectively with 16 different types of personality!

  • Stay strictly logical with ESTJs.

  • Reward ISTJs with more challenges.

  • Avoid a heavy hand with ESFJs.

  • Take your time with INFJs.

  • Be specific with ISFJs.

  • Help develop the leadership qualities of ENTJs.

  • Clearly outline objectives for INTJs.

  • Make ENFJs feel connected to the entire team.

  • Keep things fun for ESTPs.

  • Make things practical for ISTPs.

  • Keep ESFPs tied to a set schedule.

  • Walk ISFPs through the details.

  • Be direct with ENTPs.

  • Keep INTPs challenged.

  • Give ENFPs room to express themselves.

  • Always acknowledge good work from INFPs.

Remembering tips for each personality may be difficult sometimes. So here are 5 common takeaways for managers to understand and work collaboratively with every employee:

1. Identify your employee’s personality type.

Identifying your employees' personality types is the first step in learning how to handle them in the workplace. It will be a lot easier to manage your staff if you can figure out whether they are thinkers or feelers. Thinkers are more likely to make decisions based entirely on reasoning, whereas feelers make decisions based on relationships and place a higher weight on what is "good" for the team than what is objectively best. If you're not sure someone fits which personality type, watch how they react the next time someone disagrees with them.

You can change your management style to their working style once you've identified the personality types. When engaging with thinkers, be more sensitive to the feelers and more focused on your talking points.

2. Build a relationship with your team.

You can attempt to create a relationship with persons with diverse characteristics first to connect with them. Respect, appreciation, and communication with your staff can all help you create these relationships. You might be amazed at how loyal they become if you succeed at this.

3. Collaborate on individual goals and objectives.

The workflow will be more efficient if you collaborate with your staff to develop goals and targets that they can reach. Because most workers, particularly those who dislike being managed, feel this way because they are self-reliant and innovative. Make use of the skills associated with their personality types.

4. Find out what motivates your employees.

It’s important to find out what motivates your employees. When it comes to younger workers, freedom, flexibility, and trust are the most important characteristics of their ideal workspace.

5. Don’t take things personally.

If you want to effectively manage different personalities in a team—especially if they dislike hierarchy—you must remember not to take their unwillingness to follow your instructions personally. You can start to see things change for the better once you identify their personality types and gain their trust.


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