Understanding your personality type to be a better leader

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Personality type has a big influence on your natural leadership style — and what doesn’t come naturally can be learned. Understanding your personality type and those of the people you lead is key in bettering your leadership skills.

“Leadership is not just about yourself, it’s about connecting with others.”

— Joanne Weston, leadership coach and certified MBTI practitioner

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assesses four opposite pairs of personality tendencies: extraversion versus introversion; sensing versus intuition; thinking versus feeling; and judging versus perceiving. Depending on which tendencies you lean toward, the indicator determines which of the possible 16 personality types you are.

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  • Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.