|Posted by Stephen Lemire on January 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM|
years ago I first had the opportunity to take the Myers-Briggs assessment. Since I was curious as to how my
personality, attitudes, and aptitude fit with my career as an association
executive, I jumped at the chance. (My
pedestrian description of the Myers-Briggs is that it is a questionnaire which
measures your perceptions and how you make decisions.)
The timing was
particularly important because, until that time, I always believed that I was a
health care professional (two degrees in health care administration) that
happened to manage associations. Once I got my results, it only made sense that
I was, in all actuality, an association professional with a strong interest in
is not the only standardized measure as there are many other tools used. Since
this is not my area of expertise, let me invite you to respond:
· What other assessment do you like? Is it reliable?
· Is it useful to evaluate potential employees and leaders?
helpful when making career choices?
According to the
Myers-Briggs, I am an ENFJ which is a personality group that accounts for less
than 5% of the population. ENFJs are frequently known as visionaries or called “The
Mentor”. ENFJs can frequently be found
in the following careers: consultant (check), nonprofit manager (check),
teacher (check), and writer (check). ENFJs generally have some of the
· E – Extraversion (preferred to I - Introversion): motivated by interaction with people...enjoy a wide circle of acquaintances…gain energy in social situations
· N – Intuition (preferred to S-Sensing): more abstract than concrete...focus attention on the big picture and future possibilities
· F – Feeling (preferred to T-Thinking): value personal considerations…give weight to social implications when making decisions
J – Judgment (preferred to P-Perception):
plan activities and make decisions early...sense of control through
If you have
completed the Myers-Briggs questionnaire, what was your result? Do you feel
that it describes your personality? Is the result compatible with your career
If you have not taken the test and would like to do so, you can follow this link http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp to a free, online questionnaire based on the Myers-Briggs which will provide you with your corresponding personality group.
Surprised at the findings?
I was wondering if my result had changed over the past twenty years (maybe shifting from Judging to Perception) so I took the online survey provided above. There had been no change. To mix metaphors: the old dog has learned a lot of new tricks, but you can’t take the ENFJ out of the old dog.