As individuals, we are each complex and adaptable, and one’s behavior may not reflect natural preferences but rather the demands of the situation and the ways one has developed.
This Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams is a booklet for those who want to maximize the performance of their team through a better understanding of the interrelated influences on team dynamics and team success.
It is written to help create a multidimensional awareness of one’s contributions to a team and to give readers the tools to understand the talents, contributions, and perspectives of others.
This booklet describes the sixteen personality types within each of the Team Essentials™, including how they are likely to behave on a team, and offers suggestions for forging relationships and communicating effectively with each type.
Worksheets are provided to help your team apply the basics of effective teamwork-Team Essentials™.
Mapping the Team worksheets are provided to view team diversity using four different models: Type Preferences, Temperament, Interaction Styles, and Cognitive Dynamics.
The booklet includes a comprehensive case study for each model, using an example of a project team to help teams get started.
Table of Contents
Team Dynamics 2
Understanding Your Personality Type 4
ESTP-Promoter Executor 6
ISTP-Analyzer Operator 8
ESFP-Motivator Presenter 10
ISFP-Producer Composer 12
ESTJ-Implementor Supervisor 14
ISTJ-Planner Inspector 16
ESFJ-Facilitator Caretaker 18
ISFJ-Protector Supporter 20
ENTJ-Strategist Mobilizer 22
INTJ-Conceptualizer Director 24
ENTP-Explorer Inventor 26
INTP-Designer Theorizer 28
ENFJ-Envisioner Mentor 30
INFJ-Foreseer Developer 32
ENFP-Discoverer Advocate 34
INFP-Harmonizer Clarifier 36
Applying Team Essentials™ 38
Case Study: The Company Picnic 53
What people said...
"A thorough and systematic approach to looking at the mix of personalities on a team and its impact on some key components of success."
-Gregory E. Huszczo
Author of Tools for Team Excellence and Tools for Team Leadership
"This book goes far beyond other publications in the field of type and teamwork. It encourages individuals in the team to examine the effect of their own preferences on the team, and the team collectively, to assess how they manage difference. It is a valuable workbook to stimulate discussion amongst team members on how they can operate more effectively as a team and drastically improve both team performance and individual fulfillment."
Creator of the Management Team Role-indicator and
contributor to Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations
"This is exactly what we have been waiting for, all of the elements of understanding your true self wrapped up in one document! This guide will help everyone enjoy the process of self-discovery that ultimately leads to a dynamic process of team discovery. As team members learn about the five essential issues that teams face, they can understand the true meaning of ‘high performing.’ This book facilitates an engaging journey that provides practical tools to develop relationships that will make any experience in teams a rewarding one."
-Emily Lundi Mallett
OD Consultant, Beckman Coulter, Inc.
"This is an excellent guide for those organizations that value teamwork and value the personality differences that help a team perform beyond measure. The most valuable resource may well be the worksheets provided to help map teams in an effort to truly understand your team, its strengths and weaknesses, so that proper thought can be given to improving team function. I plan to use this material on a regular basis."
Vice President, Director of Training, Sedgwick CMS
"Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams is an excellent resource for helping people understand themselves in relation to others and explore the implications of their personality type for working together in teams. Organized around five sets of questions that are basic to team functioning, it maintains a consistent concrete and practical focus on how to apply learning from psychological type to teamwork. All in all, the work considerably enriches the resources available for team building based on personality type."
Principal, McGonagill & Associates and contributor to Executive Coaching
About the Authors
Linda V. Berens
Linda V. Berens is the founder of Interstrength® Associates (formerly known as Temperament Research Institute), a corporate consulting and training organization. She is the author of Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to Temperament, Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to Interaction Styles and Dynamics of Personality Type: Understanding and Applying Jung's Cognitive Processes and the coauthor of The 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery and Working Together: A Personality-Centered Approach to Management. She is an organizational consultant and has spent over twenty-five years teaching professionals as well as helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. Linda is recognized internationally for her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and for developing user-friendly training materials for practical application of understanding individual differences.
Linda K. Ernst
Linda Ernst is a senior faculty member and the curriculum designer at Interstrength® Associates, where she consults and trains with client teams, develops and teaches workshops using the Interstrength Method™ and co-facilitates MBTI® Qualifying Programs. She is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and has experience designing and facilitating workshops using a variety of type and temperament frameworks for personal development, leadership development, team building, and for trainers.
Melissa Smith is a consultant and trainer specializing in management and organization development. She has designed and delivered numerous skill and management development programs, coached executives to improve group process and personal skills, and assisted organizations in planning and implementing culture changes. A skilled professional development trainer, Ms. Smith has extensive experience designing and facilitating workshops using MBTI®. Her methodology, which is based on action learning principles, is designed uniquely for the client and is tailored for a specific purpose and output. She co-authored The Guide for Facilitating The Self-Discovery Process® and is a master trainer of trainers.