Using MBTI® Type to Foster Individual Development

by Sep 3, 2018

Using MBTI® Type to Foster Individual Development


Remember: While every type has its unique combination of assets, each is also subject to a downside due to potential overuse or rigidity. Continue to leverage your strengths and the strengths of others but seek opportunities to address developmental needs and grow professionally.

  • To Extraverts: “Practice Introversion by counting to 10 when you’re feeling especially action-driven or enthusiastic, or reflecting on ideas and plans to fully consider them before acting.”
  • To Introverts: “Practice Extraversion by soliciting input from others and seeking assistance with formulating plans, even if you prefer to approach the task independently.”
  • To Sensing types: “Practice Intuition by creating a one- to two-page executive summary describing the trends or patterns suggested by the data under consideration.”
  • To Intuitive types: “Practice Sensing by using precise, accurate details in a report or project that you don’t believe merits such information.”
  • To Thinking types: “Practice Feeling by moving outside your normal range of conversational topics to share some personal facts, details, or insights about yourself.”
  • To Feeling types: “Practice Thinking by purposely giving simple, direct, and concise feedback to others.”
  • To Judging types: “Practice Perceiving by scheduling one day a month at work to “go with the flow” and noting any value that such flexibility brings.”
  • To Perceiving types: “Practice Judging by determining what daily tasks you could do consistently and then developing a routine and sticking to it.”
    • What behaviors would you like to start, and how might you begin making small steps toward making the requisite changes?
    • How might you track your progress to determine what new behaviors or approaches are making a positive impact? Now, consider your own type preferences and how they relate to the way you approach your daily tasks and progress toward your professional goals.

    Source: Adapted from Hirsh and Kise, Introduction to Type® and Coaching (1998), pp. 13–14,

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