My journey towards Myers-Briggs
My journey towards a certified MBTI® practitioner was nothing but straight forward. When I was younger and lacked training and context, I did not believe it could work despite my huge respect and admiration to Carl G. Jung, the founder of personality typology and analytical psychology. I got along well with people and did not worry about improving my communication and relationships with others. In my immature approach I was judgmental and attributed individual differences to other people's slowness, oddity, or incompetence.
My perception was changed by a sudden negative experience with a new boss with which I had a massive personality clash. My mentor helped me understand that were opposite personality types and gave me a bit of information on how her brain operates. It was a big eye opener and I started to be more interested in the subject. My mentor was successfully using MBTI® in the business as well as in his Ministry practice and he sent me to Oxford to get certified in MBTI®. However, even after the training I was confused, and it took a few more months of 'type-watching' and learning about type dynamics and ego development until it all clicked and started making sense. I was amazed by the impact, started administering the questionnaires giving individual and group feedback to managers and vigorously educated myself.
Today, after many years of experience, books read, feedback and training given, I am certain that this psychometric tool has a great positive impact and is the most useful self-awareness builder. Throughout my career I used other assessment tools and I am aware that some practitioners may have different preferences, but to me with my experience of managing talent development in different countries and cultures, MBTI® is my number one. I combine it with additional instruments and games for optimal results.