Understanding personality types helps you value diversity

How understanding personality types can help you to value diversity

Have you ever had that immediate connection with someone you’ve just met? Someone who just ‘gets’ you, where the conversation flows and you enjoy spending time with them.

On the flip side, if we’re honest, we’ve all come across people who rub us up the wrong way. Those who seem to have an entirely different view of the world, and very little common ground with us.

In social settings you can avoid people you don’t get along with, but what about at work? What if you clash with a close colleague or your boss? If these relationships are left unchecked, it can result in pretty miserable working conditions for everyone concerned.

That’s when knowing your personality type and understanding others can help.

Jungian Theory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator®

Numerous personality studies have taken place and a huge amount of academic literature exists on personality. In our opinion, Jungian Theory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, which is often used to measure Jungian Personality Types, offers one of the most comprehensive and useful explanations of what drives different people to act in a certain way.

Understanding can lead to acceptance

While we generally accept that everyone is different, often, we don’t truly appreciate how these differences manifest.

Intolerance often comes from expecting everyone to act in the same way that we act and make decisions that we’d make. However, we all have different internal drivers that affect the way we approach tasks, interact with other people and take, or don’t take, actions. By appreciating these different internal drivers and recognising that different viewpoints have merit, we can become accepting and learn to welcome diversity for the benefits it brings.

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In-story pic personality types

Personality types in practice

At Lakeside, recognising and valuing different personality types is a core element of our development programmes, as Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager, explains:

“We often put delegates in situations that are challenging, or have a perceived risk, which can reveal a great deal about their personality. With coaching from our instructors, delegates can develop a greater understanding of their personal strengths, as well as an awareness of their weaker traits that may require additional support.

“Importantly our programmes also highlight the benefits that different people with different strengths can bring to a team, which encourages delegates to value people who think and behave differently.”

What’s your personality type?

Discover your own personality type by taking one of the many free online tests. 16personalities.com/free-personality-test takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and might just reveal something interesting about your attitude and behaviour!

To find out more about our development programmes and how they can benefit your team, visit www.lakesideymca.co.uk, call 01539 539000 or email lakesideenq@fyldecoastymca.org.

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