In this response, I will address the differences in our personality types and how they may influence our approach to team leadership. While we both identified as team leaders on the Blake and Mouton Managerial Grid, our personality types, as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), reflected different perspectives. Understanding one’s personality is crucial in determining decision-making processes and understanding why individuals behave the way they do (Gunawan, 2016).
I identified as an ESTJ, which signifies certain differences from your INFJ personality. However, it should be noted that these differences do not imply that one personality type is more suited for leadership than another. Rather, there are various approaches to becoming an effective team leader. Personally, I sometimes find myself shifting between being introverted and extroverted depending on the situation, which can influence my specific leadership style. When communicating with an INFJ, I would take the approach of thoroughly explaining my message and allowing them to process and analyze it. I would also be attentive to the feelings and intuitions expressed by the INFJ, ensuring that their opinions on the message are heard and taken seriously. This approach promotes clear, validated, and well-received communication while allowing time for analysis.
As a leader, it is inevitable to interact with individuals of various personality types throughout one’s career. While it may not always be clear which specific personality type one is interacting with, it is important to cultivate relationships in order to better understand the personality traits present among peers.
Now, let’s consider a specific scenario where we need to determine the reasons behind recent call-outs. In this situation, I would suggest organizing a group meeting with all the other leaders who are facing this issue. By gathering everyone together, we can present and discuss the information at hand. I would encourage each leader to express their opinions, feelings, and any additional data to support our understanding of the issue. Seeking the advice of the group as a whole will allow us to collectively generate effective solutions. This approach ensures that all ideas are presented and discussed before implementing a plan of action.
In summary, while our personality types may differ, they do not necessarily indicate superiority or inferiority in terms of leadership. The key is to be aware of our own personality traits as well as those of our team members. By fostering relationships and understanding the various personality types, we can adapt our leadership style to effectively communicate and collaborate with others. In problem-solving situations, gathering input from the entire group can lead to more comprehensive and well-informed decision making. Ultimately, the goal is to create a team environment where diverse personalities can thrive and contribute to overall success.