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Type Development

Type Development for Individuals and Leaders

CompassOur personality Type is much deeper than our 4-letters that we receive from the MBTI.

In fact, the Myers/Jung personality model is different than any other personality theory in that it provides a built-in compass or map for growth and development. It is a holistic system of personality that is foundational for self-awareness and self-management and addressing our blind spots.

According to Type theory, we acquire certain personality characteristics and habitual behaviors based on the repeated use of our most comfortable mental functions (Sensing, Intuition,Thinking and Feeling). The mental functions that are easy for us to use are generally correlated with our strengths, and those which are harder to use, with our development needs.

The mental functions with which we are most comfortable reside in our conscious mind, while those functions that are less comfortable are less conscious, therefore more difficult for us to access and use. Most of us can get into the trap of over-reliance on those functions with which we are most comfortable, creating an imbalance in how we use our Type.

In our work with Individuals and Leaders, we engage Type Development to assist the path for professional development. We help managers and Leaders to create a Leadership Development Plan that follows a natural path – one that is consistent with  one’s Type and therefore within reach. Using the Type model to guide professional development, we have a built in starting point for a development conversation; one that maps to an individual’s natural strengths and weaknesses, while at the same time taking into account the unique way in which an individual’s Type and expression of that Type, has been shaped by, and impacts, the environment.

Our Type Development Process for managers and leaders involves you partnering with us to:

1.  Select and understand your 4-letter Type Code

This involves receiving a thorough feedback session and selecting “Best-FitType,  and understanding how you use the psychological resources  that are available to you and afterwards, applying the Type lens to understand, manage and work more effectively with the people you lead who may be different from you.

2.  Identify your Dominant and Auxiliary Functions 

We provide you with concrete resource material in the form of the Eight Jungian Function Image Metaphor Cards™ to help you identify and grasp how you may be using – effectively or ineffectively, your most conscious functions for Perception (taking in information) and Judgment (making decisions).

3.  Take the MBTI Step III – a Type Development Instrument

Take the MBTI Step III Type development assessment to determine your effective and ineffective use of Perception and Judgment beyond your 4-letter type and tap into the wealth of development suggestions that the instrument offers

4.Tap into the strength of other instruments that are appropriate to your unique situation such as the EQi-2.0 or the FIRO-B. 

We are not just our Type! Type defines how we use certain mental patterns to view the world, but equally important to great leadership is how we see ourselves and manage our emotions and our core needs when we are in relationships with and leading others at work.

5. Analyze the data and create a plan by tapping both Strengths and Blind Spots using the Intentional Leadership Framework

Take all the pieces of your learning and put them together by identifying two to three key leadership competencies you need to develop within the context of your current role. Highlight these development areas and identify actions and resources that will help you to work the plan.

Defining Type Development

Myers defined Type Development as the effective use of your Dominant and Auxiliary functions, and use of the other functions as is appropriate for the situation. Jung’s developmental model underscores the importance of expanding who we are (not changing who we are) by incorporating our less conscious and less used functions into our conscious personality.

When we overuse a strength, it can become ineffective, and you will appear out of balance.The more we are aware of our unique type pattern for growth according to our 4-letter MBTI Type, the more we gain valuable insight that allows us to appropriately use our strengths as well as develop our weak areas.

Myers captured the pattern of how we theoretically use and develop in our Type, with her unique hierarchy of functions for each of the 16 MBTI® Types. A Type’s hierarchy of functions provides a theoretical path for use, growth and development of the functions – they are ordered from most to least used and developed. The Dominant (leading) function is first, followed by the Auxiliary, Tertiary and Inferior. The theory goes that if we are supported in our life by our environment – our family of origin, context, surroundings, jobs, etc. we will naturally progress from comfort with our Dominant and Auxiliary through the first stages of life, to becoming increasingly more comfortable without the Auxiliary, Tertiary and Inferior functions as we age.