What Kind Of A Leader Are You

Leadership is about influence and impact, not necessarily about position or title. As such, leaders (should) abound at “all levels and in all spheres of life” – work, family, church/mosque, school and community. This makes for a very diverse set of requirements for leaders and very diverse types of leaders.

Everyone has the potential to be a leader and to have a positive impact on his/her sphere of influence. The first step to achieving the potential of your leadership abilities is understanding what kind of leader you are. You can then apply this understanding to increasing effectiveness and developing yourself as a leader. For organizations, this means you can identify the right talent, place your people in the right roles and provide the right support for them to succeed. The resultant benefits include improved productivity, increased employee engagement and increased profitability.

Psychometric Assessment

Psychometric assessments provide useful insights into the essence of who you are: motivations, strengths, weaknesses and preferences in your thought process and decision making. The Myers Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular tools for this “self-assessment” and can be used as part of a leadership development, career exploration or talent selection process. The MBTI can help identify top talent and determine how best to invest in developing leaders “at all levels and in all spheres of life”

To find out more about the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and how it can help you or yourorganization, call 08056001516 / 08104224268 to speak with a Certified MBTI Practitioner or emailinfo@total-ascent.com

About the MBTI

The MBTI tool is based on Carl Jung’s theory of personality type and was developed by the mother-daughter team of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Carl Jung believed an individual’s personality was made up of his or her preferences, or the way he or she chooses to do certain things. He theorized that there were four pairs of opposite preferences (called Dichotomies) that indicate how an individual:

  • energizes (Extroversion v. Introversion),
  • perceives information (Sensing v. INtuition),
  • makes decisions (Thinking v. Feeling) and
  • lives his/her life (Judging v. Perceiving).

Four preferences—one from each pair—make up an individual’s personality type. This is indicated by the four letters that refer to each preference (note the letters in bold type above). There are 16 different MBTI personality types in all.

Each personality type is unique and it is the combination of the four preferences that make you who you are. When you know your personality type, you can understand yourself and your preferences better, and subsequently improve as an individual, as a professional and as a leader.