Now, at the end of my collegiate career I took the Myers Brigg Type Indicator to gain insight into my personality.
The results were not surprising reaffirmed how I already view my tendencies. The results designated me as ENTP.
The E for extraversion was scored as “slight.” I leaned slightly more towards extraversion versus introversion. This demonstrates how I enjoy being around others but can easily become silent and reserved. This directly relates to Goldberg’s extraversion trait (Goldberg).
I try to be sociable and have positive energy in group environments but I can be at ease by myself as well (Goldberg). In group scenarios I have noticed that the longer I partake the quieter I become and keep to my thoughts.
The N for intuition was scored as a low “moderate.” This category is about how information is taken in. It makes sense that I’m still not wholeheartedly designated as an N because it depends on the scenario much like Contingency theory states (Fiedler). Depending on the context I may be more sensing than intuitive (Fiedler).
If I am in a situation that requires critical analysis I seek the patterns of the situation to propose a solution which is how I’m easily more intuitive. In a case where I’m strolling in a park or hiking in the mountains I focus on the moment and utilize my senses to take in the world.
The T for thinking was scored a high “moderate.” This is in tune with the way I make decisions for most scenarios. I typically consider the objective pros and cons versus subjective pros and cons.
After I analyse my options I make a decision based on the cause and effects in a way that demonstrates thoroughness (Goldberg).
The P for perceiving was scored as “very clear.” There is no doubt about this one that aligns greatly with Goldberg’s openness trait (Goldberg). Through my career I have demonstrated curiosity, creativity and the desire to be insightful (Goldberg).
I think back to my first semester when I came to campus and we had to play the adjective name game to learn others’ names and I always used “open Oscar” as my adjective.
I certainly believe that this particular trait is also allowing me to be genuine and authentic in my leadership style (Northouse). Developing into an authentic leader is mostly about the experiences I go through and what I take from them (Northouse).
Being thorough will let me continue to reflect critically on future experiences as I continue through life just as I have done so with this project (Goldberg).
My greatest strength will be my adaptability that stems from my openness to different ideas and practices. This will be very beneficial as I build a contingency based style of leadership because of the many leadership scenarios I may be a part of.
The MBTI has provided an objective evaluation of my tendencies and a reflection that ties into the development of my authenticity as a leader.