What kind of leader are you?

by Christina on March 26, 2013

It’s no surprise that physicians aren’t great leaders — we spend our twenties in medical school studying, and resurface years later expected to be great communicators, decision-makers, and change-makers. 

Our residency program recently funded a session on leadership and the Myers Briggs analysis to help us be better.

Prior to our session we were sent a link with the Myers Briggs analysis and asked to take it. It took under 15 minutes, and if you haven’t taken it before you can easily google and take it online.

The Myers Briggs is based on Carl Jung’s theory that we are born with innate preferences in the following areas (oversimplified explanations below):

  • Extroversion/Introversion (E vs I): Do you tend to gain energy by being around other people, or by being alone?
  • Sensing/Intuition (S vs N): Do you tend to gather information from data and facts, or from relationships and associations?  
  • Thinking/Feeling (T vs N): Do you tend to make decisions based on logic and reason, or based on people’s needs and harmony?
  • Judging vs Perceiving (J vs P): Is your external world very orderly and planned, or do you tend to be more spontaneous and flexible? 

Similar to how we have one dominant hand, we also have natural preferences for one end of the spectrum over the other.

When we arrived at our session we were handed a lengthy document explaining our “type” and what it means specifically with regard to leadership. I found this fascinating!

The point of all of this was to study and understand our own personalities and our decision-making processes. If we know our own natural strengths and weaknesses, we can build on our strengths, and strengthen our weaknesses. And we need to be extremely comfortable with who we are in order to better understand others and effectively lead a diverse team.

What do you think? Have you ever taken the Myers Briggs and found it at all useful?

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Chris March 29, 2013 at 1:33 am

I was always skeptical of Myers Briggs, but the teachings of writers like Stephen Covey, Donald Phillips, Tom Peters, and Peter Senge I found very helpful.


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