At some point in a Gen Y post-secondary education or work experience, you will usually come across a Meyers-Briggs personality test. Someone would like to learn a bit more about your leadership tendencies, whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, and how you will engage with fellow colleagues.
I never had the opportunity to complete a Meyers-Briggs type indicator, instead I completed the INSIGHTS Discovery System. Similar idea, but Jung’s personality traits are portrayed as colors. In both my work and community involvements, these “colors” are used to make team work easier, appreciate each others strengths, and understand what you require, as an individual, to be successful in your role.
My colors: Yellow, Red, Green, Blue – and heavy on the Yellow/Red. What does this mean? I am open-minded, sociable, strong-willed, determined, and focused on the future.
Characteristics of the four colors:
People with a preference for Sunshine Yellow energy are strongly extraverted, radiant, and friendly. They are usually positive and concerned with good human relations. They will approach others in a persuasive, democratic manner, radiating a desire for sociability.
People with a preference for Fiery Red energy are extraverted and have high energy. They are action oriented and always in motion. They will approach others in a direct, authoritative manner, radiating a desire for power and control.
People with a preference for Earth Green energy focus on values and depth in relationships. They want others to be able to rely on them. They prefer democratic relations that value the individual and are personal in style, radiating a desire for understanding.
People with a preference for Cool Blue energy are introverted and have a desire to know and understand the world around them. They prefer written communication in order to maintain clarity and precision, radiating a desire for analysis.
I have found the incorporation of colors in today’s workplace to be extremely useful when dealing with different generations, cultures, and work styles.
I was curious to see if my Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator aligned with the INSIGHTS colors… The result: ENFJ.
ENFJ “Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging” – aka The Mentor
ENFJs are externally focused, introspective, altruistic, positive and have excellent people skills. They place utmost importance on helping others grow. They are warm and have a natural desire to be supportive and encouraging. Being charismatic and possessing excellent language skills, they do well in leadership roles. ENFJs strive to enhance the lives of their human brethren.
No surprise. Traits between the two different personality type tools closely align. I also found this – ENFJ’s as Lovers… too funny. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Ben Stiller are ENFJ’s – likely not, but makes this result all the more interesting!
What type of personality do you have? ❤