At Fine Points, we offer a complete portfolio of solutions rooted in The Leadership Challenge®, an evidence-based methodology for developing current and future leaders in organizations. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps individual leaders identify their personality type and understand its relationship to leadership, team dynamics, performance, and other areas of their work and personal lives.
Combining leadership practices with personal preferences
Proven through 60 years of research and millions upon millions of participants, the MBTI® model is a highly effective, reliable tool for assessing personality by sorting individual preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. When you combine findings from the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) 360-degree feedback with MBTI results, the intersection of personality preferences with applied behavior practices offers insights that you can use as the basis for development and action planning so you can plan ways to become a more productive and successful leader. Here’s what’s included.
MBTI® Type Description provides you with a description of your MBTI type and personality preferences.
MBTI® Leadership Style describes how your MBTI type influences your leadership approach.
MBTI® + Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI) maps your MBTI preferences to The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®.
The 16 MBTI® Personality Types
The MBTI sorts for preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions, and does not measure trait, ability, or character. It helps you understand who you are and why you do the things you do. There are 16 personality types, indicated by four letter acronyms, that are based on basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. The four basic preference distinctions are:
Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E). Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?
Intuition (N) or Sensing (S). Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F). When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized - their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance - for themselves and others.
Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.
Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what's going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them - they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.
Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.
Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
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