Go Deeper with MBTI®

Go Deeper with MBTI®


We use the MBTI® Step II in employer paid executive coaching.

The MBTI® Step IIinstrument takes a deep dive into your preferences, allowing you more sophisticated insight into type.

What most people don’t realize is that the MBTI preferences are complex with each preference category consisting of five distinct, but related facets.

This is incredibly useful in working with leaders in challenging work roles.  These leaders must not only interact on a high level with people whose preferences are totally different than their own, but they also need to understand how to deploy their own less preferred ways of interacting.

For example, we frequently hear confusion from clients who ask, “Am I an extrovert or an introvert?”  Many people have mixed results that cannot be unearthed through the simple four-letter type.

Here are the facets for Extroversion and Introversion:

Extroversion  ⇔   Introversion

Initiating        ⇔    Receiving

Expressive     ⇔    Contained

Gregarious    ⇔     Intimate

Active             ⇔     Reflective

Enthusiastic  ⇔       Quiet

Scoring high on Expressive and Enthusiastic gives an impression of Extroversion.  Scoring high on Intimate and Reflective are the preferences of an Introvert.

Real life application typically comes up when a client has a goal to improve “networking.”  The client may find he or she is expressive and enthusiastic one-on-one or with people who are familiar.  However, in a big crowd, the client feels overwhelmed and seeks a quiet corner to watch, reflect and regain energy.

In this example, the coach works with the client to identify when to use natural preferences (as described above) and when it is necessary to deploy less preferred styles (giving a speech to a large audience requires being Active and Initiating.)

Each of the other preference categories have facets that are helpful in a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Using type theory is a tool in coaching is certainly not the only way of dealing with issues.  However, we have seen enough useful application that we have chosen to include the MBTI® Step II as part of every executive coaching engagement.


Posted on

May 8, 2016