When assigned a new task at work, have you ever felt intimidated or even maybe a little tinge of doubt about whether or not you can pull it off?
You know...your heart starts to beat a little bit faster and those little voices in your head start to chatter:
Am I up to this task? What if I fail? Am I the most qualified? Am I confident enough in my work? Gulp....
Well, let's just say that I've heard about this thing happening to some people... wink...wink.
No, seriously. This has been me. This is STILL me sometimes.
What I know is that in professional settings, in order to move up the ladder or expand your projects, we often need to step outside of our comfort zone.
Our comfort zone is often established by our MBTI types. Usually, our "sweet spot" is going to be reflective of our unique personality type.
For example, the thought of cold calling for Introverts (I) can oftentimes make them want to hide under a blanket.
(I shudder whenever I think about having to network or put myself out there...)
Adding a new project or task for a Sensor (S), while they are in the middle of a current one, can make them want to pull their hair out.
However, if we have learned anything from the last two emails I sent is that matching the “rite” person with the “rite” task based on their types will boost productivity and employee happiness.
We also learned that we cannot judge or make generalizations about certain types based on the “weaknesses” we perceive them to have.
So how can we avoid putting ourselves or our employees in a box based on their MBTI?
Not always the most exciting of activities, but a necessary one to maximize your employee’s or team’s potential in the workplace and grow.
As an introvert myself, it can be exhausting and a little bit intimidating reaching out to new people to work with.
Understanding that this is an intrinsic part of who I am and not a flaw or a defect, has helped me realize that in order for my business to be successful and my work to reach the most people I can, I need to get out of my comfort zone.
I have had to work on this and continue to work on this.
And here's the cool part: since I know this about me, I've come up with some strategies to work with this so that I can accomplish the things that I want in my business and life.
Using tools such as scripts for phone calls and practicing my “professional” voice has allowed me to really build up my confidence for talking to potential clients or business associates.
It's also made every phone call or Zoom conference easier each time.
MBTI is a great tool for professional development.
For managers and employees alike, understanding the “strengths” and “weaknesses” of your type will allow you to maximize your goals as an individual or a team, no matter their types.
Personality types and professional development really go hand-in-hand. If you're skeptical about this, then you've probably not had the "rite" trainers helping you develop professionally.
I mean it. Some people are naturals when it comes to teaching and training.
And believe me, some are not.
In my career, I've sat through plenty of thoroughly boring professional development activities to last a lifetime. It ALL has to do with type.
In order to understand what your employees might be struggling with at work or how they can better perform, you are going to need to understand who they are and how they tick.
This in turn will help you understand how and why they feel this way and what you can do about it.
And the best thing about all of this is that these small adjustments usually don't require a whole lot more time, money or energy.
It simply comes down to allocating the "rite" people to the "rite" tasks and the "rite" environment for getting the work done.
Understanding your team’s behavior can better your relationship with your employees and boost their work effectiveness and efficiency.
And the way to do this starts with you.
If you are ready to work with a trained, knowledgeable and passionate professional who can help you better understand personality type and how to professionally (and effectively) develop the needed skills to get the job done, then let’s talk!
It's time to get out of your comfort zone!
Yours in Innovation,
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.