Psychology in Leadership

Psychology in Leadership

In order to be a good leader, you have to understand people. You must understand what motivates people, what demotivates them, what makes them tick, and what have you. The difficulty in this is that people are vastly different from one another. What motivates one of your workers may make another worker want to leave the company. Luckily, there are tools you can use to make your life a bit easier when it comes to understanding your workers and coworkers.

One of the most popular tools is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a personality assessment based on the theories of Carl Jung. Jung hypothesized that there are four principal psychological functions by which people experience the world – and that one usually is dominant in a person most of the time. These functions include sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Below is a chart of the different types of personalities and their characteristics.

 

Knowing your personality type and the personality types of your coworkers can really help your workplace. It can help ease any tension and help propel solutions in the workplace. I believe that it is a good idea to use this test at the start of projects in order to get off on a good foot and possibly avoid any negative situations.


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