Day 1 of leadership training with a fantastic bunch of new academics and senior postdocs from The University of Nottingham and The University of Birmingham. Fun but hectic day getting to know our support teams and learning about ourselves.
At the core of the day was the Myers Briggs Type Indicators. Interestingly I've done one of these before and it came out really similar again this time...the only difference being that instead of being just on the extrovert side of the line I was just on the introvert side of the line...but otherwise the categories (and position on the continuums) were much the same as last time! So I'm an ENFJ or INFJ...
The four dichotomies are:
Extrovert - Introvert
Sensing - iNtuition
Thinking - Feeling
Judging - Perceiving
These are not right or wrong, or yes or no, but rather occur on a continuum. If you're interested you can look up more details elsewhere.
Also important is just because people have a natural preference for one or other of the dichotomy choices, doesn't mean people can't work (or learn to work) in their non-favoured preference. Learning about this can help understand why other people might have different ways of working.
So I'm either ENFJ or INFJ
The short summary's of these are:
INFJ: Seek meaning and connections in ideas, relationships and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people, and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organised and decisive in implementing their vision.
ENFJ: Warm, empathetic, responsive and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfil their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
All 16 combinations have different strengths - and weaknesses!
As to which of these two types I fall most in I shall leave to the decision of people I work with.
So that's who I am....who are you?