Yesterday at staff development, my fellow staff members and I were asked to sort ourselves into "personality compass" types. As a MBTI hobbyist, I of course found it lacking in some dimensions, but it was reasonably useful for understanding certain leadership styles. I wish that I'd been paying attention more to who sorted themselves where outside of my group, but I always end up being the "recorder" and the "reporter" in group situations (actually, 3/4 of the people who ended up reporting info to staff in this activity were English teachers... that always happens), so I was otherwise occupied.
Anyway, so it was pretty cute and somewhat useful. There were four identified styles:
-North: North personalities are the "go getters." They hear that something needs to be done, and they do it immediately. (I'd probably connect this to extraversion and extraverted judgment)
-South: South personalities are the people who want to make sure that everybody's feelings are taken care of, that everybody gets a chance to say what they need to say. (Extraverted feeling, clearly... anything else?)
-East: East personalities are those who like to look at the big picture and make a comprehensive plan before acting. (This is probably intution... maybe introverted judgment?)
-West: West personalities are the nitty-gritty detail-oriented planners. (This would seem to be sensing-related, though my ENFJ friend associated herself with this type.)
I put myself in the East group. My INTJ friend did as well, as did the other INFJ English teacher (I think he's INFJ, anyway). Some loud folks kind of surprised me, but I suppose that you don't have to be quiet to be a big-picture person.
I see some clear problems with this system, but I thought it was a pretty neat exercise.
Where would you put yourself as a cardinal direction? Why? What cognitive processes would you associate with these descriptions?
And for the heck of it, feel free to answer the questions we had to answer in our groups:
1. What are the strengths of your type?
2. What are the limitations of your type?
3. With which group do you find it most difficult to work?
4. What do other groups need to know about your type at work?