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Understanding Personality Types at Work

How to have a better understanding of the people you live and work with.
Robin Hills
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Assess your own Personality Type and what this means in both your private and professional life
Develop an understanding of the value of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and its applications in work.
Recognise ways to appreciate, value, and work more effectively with all sixteen personality types
Discover how to build deeper relationships through common understanding and improved communication
Identify applications in team building, communication, change, decision making and problem solving

Different isn’t necessarily difficult.  

We encounter different types of people every day.  Everyone is unique.  However, broadly speaking everyone can be categorised into different types according to their preferences and how they use them.  

This short course is a standalone course for anyone interested in understanding about different personality types.  It will give you insights to your own preferences and how these build into your personality type.  

You will discover how the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is used to gain a different perspective of yourself.  Personality preferences are investigated, discussed, and correlated with various situations involving people.  Additional, specific study methodologies and assessment techniques are shared so that you can build upon your learning and understanding of Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), if you are interested in taking this further.

Understanding preferences and how they are expressed will help you to appreciate differences, work with these and communicate better with others.  It compliments other courses that explore emotional intelligence in more depth.

The course covers the Jungian Theory of Personality Types looking at how you prefer to get your energy (Extraversion / Introversion), how you take in information (Sensing / Intuition), and how you process information (Thinking / Feeling).  

Jung’s work was further developed by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers to add a further dimension to look at how you choose to live your life (Judging / Perception). 

What you will learn:

  • The four preference scales defined by Jung and Myers / Briggs that make up the MBTI

  • Understanding personality and personality types

  • How you can work better with people who have different preferences to yours

You will become aware of the dynamics and patterns natural to each person’s way of seeing, thinking, feeling and responding to the world.  

Every personality type has its own specific way of communicating.  Through this course you will expand your understanding of personality and communication to build up better relationships with your team, your manager, your clients – in fact, anyone with whom your regularly interact with.  You will learn how to build trust, establish rapport, and work comfortably and productively with any personality type.

Within the course, you have the chance to complete a questionnaire focused on determining your preferences.  Completing this practical activity will enable you to gain some insights into your Type.  As you progress through the course, you are able to check how clear you are with each preference to give you a deeper understanding of your own type.

Every person taking and completing the course has the opportunity to receive a detailed report based on their Self-Assessed Type giving insights into their strengths and liabilities as well as how they communicate, work in teams and respond to stress.

This course will, also, be of interest to you if you have completed a Myers Briggs Type Indicator or any other Personality Type assessment in the past and would like a refresher.  You may have discovered your Type through a work-based training programme, by completing a questionnaire or through general interest.  Your Personality Type consists of four letters.  It all made sense at the time, but you have forgotten what it all means and how relevant it can be to how you engage with other people.

There are four practical activities within the course that support you as you develop your understanding of Type.  This includes a questionnaire to determine your Type and worksheets that are designed to check and valid these results to give further information about who you are and your behavioural preferences.

This course will, also, be of interest to you if you lead or manage a team and are looking at ways to build understanding and develop relationships leading to more rewarding interactions and high performance.  It will give you an understanding of the relevance of Type and how it can be put to work.  

Within the course, you will be put in contact with world-renown experts in the application of Jungian Type that will enable you to gain further knowledge, experience and qualifications around Type.

The course is being continually refined and updated to ensure it remains current and relevant.

All PDFs can be completed online and are Section 508 / ADA Accessibility compliant.

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All videos have grammatically correct English captions.

Latest update – July 2022

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess your own Personality Type (MBTI) and what this means in both your private and professional life

  2. Develop an understanding of the value of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and its applications in work

  3. Recognise ways to appreciate, value, and work more effectively with all sixteen personality types

  4. Discover how to build deeper relationships through common understanding and improved communication

  5. Identify applications in team building, communication, change, decision making and problem solving

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Understanding Personality Types at Work - Course Introduction

Introduction to Understanding Personality Types at Work

Introduction to this course on working with personality type with a look at the course objectives.

Practical Activity: Reflecting about this Personality Course

Before we start the course, here is a practical activity that encourages you to think about why you are taking the course and what you want to get from it.

About this Course on Udemy

Details about this course on the Udemy platform and ways to get the most from it.

Working with Personality Types

This lecture looks at personality and behaviour.  It looks at how an understanding of personality type will help you work with some of the challenges that you face in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes of the Course

This video covers the learning outcomes of this course that is focused on helping your to get the most from understanding Personality Types at work.

Practical Activity: Personality Type Indicator to Help you Assess your Type

This questionnaire is based on a personality framework that will help you explore your preferences for taking in information and making decisions.  The framework also looks at where you prefer to focus your attention and how you prefer to live your life.  

There are no right and wrong answers and all possible outcomes on the questionnaire are equally valid. 

The questionnaire will take you about 25 minutes to complete; however, there is no time limit so you will be able to take as much time as you need.

Please try to answer the questions according to your natural preference.  Think of yourself in a situation where there are no external pressures to act or feel in a particular way.  Get yourself into a frame of mind in which you are able to make a free choice between the response options.

Exploring the Four Preferences

Exploring The Four Behavioural Preferences

A look at the behavioural preferences identified by Carl Jung that were further researched and developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Cook Briggs.

Assessing and Determining your Personality Type

The booklet helps you to determine your behavioural preferences on four scales.

There are two opposite preferences on each scale. The four scales deal with:

  1. where you like to focus your attention (E or I)

  2. the way you like to look at things (S or N)

  3. the way you like to go about deciding things (T or F)

  4. how you deal with the outer world (J or P)

Where You Get Your Energy From - Extraversion and Introversion

This lecture will help you to determine what energises you and how you get your energy. 

(NB  The spelling of "Extraversion" is not the commonly used version but the version widely used in psychology. Extra is the Latin prefix for outside and extravert, as originally used (and spelled) by Jung, means someone who is turned outward.)

How You Take in Information - Sensing and Intuition

This lecture will help you to determine how you take in information from the outside world.

How You Process Information - Thinking and Feeling

This lecture will help you to determine how you process information.

How You Organise Your Life - Judging and Perceiving

This lecture will help you to determine how you orientate yourself in the world.

Quiz: Test Your Understanding of Personality Types

This quiz will help you to check your understanding of personality types.  Be warned that this is not any easy quiz as it requires you to think carefully about the answers. 

Assessing Your Type With Some Hints and Tips When Working With Type

Assessing your Type and some hints and tips when working with Type.

Further Information to Help you Understand Personality Types

Putting People Into Boxes - Can Type Be Accused of This?

There are 16 Personality Types identified by looking at the four behavioural preferences.  This means that you are going to be one of 16 Types, yet everyone is an individual with the capability to adapt and change according to circumstances.

Type is often criticised  as "putting people into boxes" but this, itself, is a simplistic understanding of what Type is and how it works.   This lesson addresses this criticism giving you a better understanding of why we look at 16 Types and why considering people being confined to boxes is inherently wrong.

Some Ways of Taking Type Further

This lesson gives you some ways that you can consider to further your understanding of the Type preferences and get to explore it at a deeper level.

Working with Type Workbook

This workbook will give you more insights into working with preferences - your own and those of other people.  

It will also help you to reflect upon what you have learnt about yourself through understanding Personality Type.  

(If you are working with Type with members of your team, this workbook gives a very clear structure for a coaching session.) 

Addressing Some Inappropriate Criticisms About Type

There are many people who criticise Type and its use.  Often these are unjustified and unfair.  This lesson gives some insights around refuting their arguments.

Your Personality Type and Leadership Style Booklet

Any personality type can be an effective leader. Every type is going to do it a little bit differently. This booklet looks at how each type can lead.

More about the Functional Pairs - The Mental Functions

This lesson goes into more detail about the four mental functions and how these make up the Functional Pairs.  It gives more information about each pair looking at specific characteristics and behaviours, how these arise and how these can be used to develop emotional intelligence.

Practical Activity - Learning Review about this Personality Course

This is a practical activity to conclude this personality course.  It requires you to consider your goals and objectives for taking the course that you set for yourself at the beginning of the course.

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