Painting a deeper picture: the benefits of using the MBTI and EJI tools in combination
Do you notice when a colleague is out of sorts or behaving out of character? If so, how do you use this information?
That was a question posed to me by a colleague during an MBTI® foundation workshop I ran recently. My initial thoughts were that (as an ISTJ) I tend to listen to the facts and try to solve the problem. But the question got me thinking about the value of linking personality and emotional awareness together and how people with different MBTI type preferences understand and react to emotional information.
For example, consider someone who is feeling highly anxious during a meeting. That anxiety will inevitably interfere with how the person communicates (irrespective of whether the person has an underlying personality preference for Extraversion or Introversion). How effectively the individual can identify and manage this feeling is a function of emotional intelligence. This suggests that the ability to unlock potential can be better understood when a combination of personality and emotional intelligence assessments are used.
The research team at OPP has amassed insightful data relating to how emotional intelligence, (as measured using the Emotional Judgement Inventory® (EJI)) relates to personality (as measured using the MBTI framework). One observation that jumps out from the research is that those indicating an F preference report significantly higher levels of awareness of emotions (see chart below). There are noticeable differences between those with T and F preferences on several of the EJI scales, including understanding and managing others’ emotions.
The suggestion that those with an F preference spend more time considering emotional information probably comes as no great surprise. What is interesting is the lack of difference between the T and F preference when it comes to understanding and managing one’s own emotions. This suggests it is likely to be easier to understand one’s own emotions than it is to understand others’ – an important insight for those with a T preference looking to develop stronger connections with colleagues or network more effectively. Applying the sensitivities used to distinguish between one’s own emotions and associated behaviours could help you connect in more emotional ways to others.
Coming back to my colleague’s original question (whether I notice if colleagues are out of sorts and what I do about it), my initial response was that I listen to the details and try to solve the problem. Having reflected on the feedback I’ve had on both my MBTI and EJI profiles, I now take more notice of how someone presents information – to consider what this might mean about how they are feeling – and then use this insight to respond in a more emotionally aware way.
Coaches interested in gaining the added insights provided by combining the MBTI and EJI frameworks should refer to our Coaching Tree blog post. Branching out in this way brings many benefits, including:
- A short cut to insights on using emotional information
- Incremental insight combining personality (MBTI) and emotional intelligence (EJI)
- A measure that can be revisited to gauge the development of specific behaviours (EJI) .
If you would like to learn more about the EJI, and you are a TUOP qualified practitioner, you can purchase the tool and manual with no further training. If you would like to hear and discuss more about the EJI, sign up for the EJI webinar - the first one runs on 2 March 2015.