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LSRV 2011: Leadership can be a mixed bag of personalities

Original post made by Emily West, editor of Danville Express, on Sep 14, 2010

I'm an ENTJ. Don't bother looking for clues to this code on These letters represent one of 16 personality types identified in the Myers Briggs personality profile test. In the first session of 2011 Leadership San Ramon Valley, we were put to this test in order to help understand the way we function and how it is a key element in learning to lead and work as a team.

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Posted by hal
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

Dear Emily,

Your readers should be very careful when an employer requests a Myers Briggs personality test. Typically, employment counsel(s) will recommend that a candidate refuse to take the test because of its stereotyping of individuals and lack of significant scientific basis. The impact on resumes in future job searches can be significant.

It would be interesting to have readers explain their experiences with personality tests.


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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Danville
on Sep 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

MB has been very useful for me in gaining self-awareness, and appreciating the vast diversity of personalities that exist. To say that MB is not scientific is to miss the point. MB is like a roadmap that shows the broad lay of the land. Any map is an "abstraction", an oversimplification, but often we need to see just the highlights so we don't get lost in the details. If you try it I guarantee you will find some useful insights, and also some things that may not seem to make perfect sense. Just remember MB is a simple approximation (16 types) to the infinitely diverse complexity of personality, thinking and behavior. A lot of thought and study has gone into it. Think of it as a set of models of reality - like a plastic DNA helix to illustrate the basic concepts.