Now I usually type out as an ENTP. Not terribly strong on the N and very weak on the P. But not this time.
I came in as an ESTJ.
The J vs. P part was pretty cool. The Step II MBTI breaks down each of the four readings (Introvert/Extrovert, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Perceiving/Judging) into five categories. So while I average out as a J, all five of the subcategories had very strong leanings (one of them pegged the meter) one way or the other, 2 to J and 3 to P. So I:
- Was much more Casual (P) than Systematic (J)
- Prefer Pressure Prompted motivation (P) over Starting Early (J) (This is exemplified in the fact that I wrote this post at the last-minute this morning before I posted it)
- Tend to be much more Emergent (P) than Methodical (J)…not sure what emergent is, but my gut is that it means following my gut rather than a methodical process.
- BUT, I want to be Planful (J), much more than Open Ended (P). I like planning ahead even if I don’t start early apparently. (Which my wife would tell you is very true)
- And I want things to be Scheduled (J) rather than Spontaneous (P) … though I wonder if my answers on that one are because I’ve recently become vigilant in following a calendar because I only have so much time and I need to make sure I stay on schedule).
On the N vs. S I was more perplexed. I think of myself as a “big picture” kind of guy…much more forest than trees. I hate proofreading and I don’t like looking over contracts, and more often than not I get bored by details. I came in towards the middle on this one, for sure:
- Concrete (S) vs. Abstract (N): fairly strong preference for Concrete. That one doesn’t surprise me.
- Realistic (S) vs. Imaginative (N): very slight preference for Realistic. I like to dream but not too much, I guess.
- Practical (S) vs. Conceptual (N): I came in right in the middle.
- Experiential (S) vs. Theoretical (N): another very slight preference for Experiential.
- Traditional (S) vs. Original (N): fairly strong preference for Original. I like our traditional worship service at my church, for example, but I like trying new things and hate to be like everyone else.
So this was fun, and illuminating. It was one of 5 assessments at the Leadership Challenge last week and helped me step up my self-awareness and also get to know my teammates quite a bit while we prepare for the next 16 months of working together on projects.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering/worrying: I still peg the meter on E (Extrovert) vs. Introvert (I). The most fun comparison there (to me) is Expressive vs. Contained….yeah, I resemble that.
So what’s your thoughts on personality leanings? Leave a comment and let’s chat!