Type tips for coaching and development
Coaching often focuses on helping people recognise the contributions of their natural preferences while also learning to operate outside them when necessary. This allows individuals to be behaviourally agile, equipped to cater appropriately to a variety of people and situations. However, coaches and consultants alike often have difficulty helping their clients pinpoint ways to flex. In many ways, it can be hard enough for individuals to conceptualise a non-preference – let alone come up with practical action plans around these (potentially) foreign behaviours. Therefore, if you are using the MBTI instrument with a client to explore some development opportunities, it helps to remember the following in case your client asks for some suggestions for targeted development.
People with a preference for Extraversion can practise Introversion by:
People with a preference for Introversion can practise Extraversion by:
People with a preference for Sensing can practise Intuition by:
People with a preference for Intuition can practise Sensing by:
People with a preference for Thinking can practise Feeling by:
People with a preference for Feeling can practise Thinking by:
People with a preference for Judging can practise Perceiving by:
People with a preference for Perceiving can practise Judging by:
If you would like to learn more about how personality type can be used in coaching, read “Introduction to Type and Coaching,” by Sandra Krebs Hirsch and Jane A. G. Kise.
For more information about how your MBTI Type influences your coaching style, check out our free practitioner resource.
Aidan Millar (ESFJ) is a certified MBTI practitioner and a Human Development consultant for Psychometrics Canada in Edmonton, Alberta.