The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Doctors
MBTI is a well-used and well-respected personal development tool. It is the most commonly used psychometric tool in healthcare; 70% of the FTSE 500 use it and 79% of the FTSE 100 have an in-house practitioner. MBTI has been translated into 27 different languages and there are more than 12,000 independent articles published.
Why do I use MBTI when coaching doctors?
- Breadth: The learning from it can be used to support development in multiple key performance areas, including communication, managing conflict, team-working, decision-making and leadership.
- Depth: Once you move beyond the initial awareness regarding your preferences, you can delve deeper into your behavioural patterns and reflect on your observations of others with Step II.
- Accessibility: It’s an accessible and easy-to-understand model that instantly gives you feedback on what makes you tick — especially for those being introduced to their preferences and patterns for the first time. I often use Step I with doctors who are still in training and they always enjoying discovering something new about themselves and learning how it affects their evolution as doctors.
- Practicality: The learning resources and availability of information mean that there is practical advice on how you can put your learning into action, with useful tips and ideas on how you can develop further.
What can doctors gain from MBTI step I & II?
- Perspective: Taking time out from the job title, team dynamics and work pressures is important. It helps to avoid burnout and reminds you what makes you tick. MBTI gives people objective data on who they are.
- Influence: Dispersed teams in variable hierarchies are the norm in healthcare. Doctors, in hospitals and general practice, work within multiple teams and systems. Being able to influence is a core skill and MBTI can raise awareness of self and others to aid influencing power.
- Diversity: MBTI supports people to see and celebrate different approaches and styles. It helps build understanding that a diverse team — made up of different people with different methods — makes for a richer team and better outcomes.
- Development: No matter how well you think you know yourself, there is always something new to learn. MBTI provides a pathway for understanding your development, which is helpful when looking at things at a macro or micro level.
With the help of some insightful and expert interpretation of my personality type through Myers-Briggs, I have a clearer understanding of why certain management situations can bring stress and frustration. Having the ability to ‘flex’ into aspects of my innate skill-set which are less frequently used in a managerial capacity and yet which I use naturally with my patients will take time but awareness is the first step.” Hospital Doctor
If you would like to read more about the Myers Briggs Type Indicator visit the OPP Website HERE.