Sixteen types of personality explained. What is yours?

What is your personality type?

A four-letter personality type contains the following:

  1. An individual is either primarily Extraverted or Introverted
  2. An individual is either primarily Sensing or iNtuitive
  3. An individual is either primarily Thinking or Feeling
  4. An individual is either primarily Judging or Perceiving

So, here are sixteen personality types:

ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller

Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.

Click here for a detailed description of ISTJ.

ISTP – The Mechanic

Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who they live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems.

Click here for a detailed description of ISTP.

ISFJ – The Nurturer

Quiet, kind, and conscientious. Can be depended on to follow through. Usually puts the needs of others above their own needs. Stable and practical, they value security and traditions. Well-developed sense of space and function. Rich inner world of observations about people. Extremely perceptive of other’s feelings. Interested in serving others.

Click here for a detailed description of ISFJ.

ISFP – The Artist

Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict, and not likely to do things which may generate conflict. Loyal and faithful. Extremely well-developed senses, and aesthetic appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Flexible and open-minded. Likely to be original and creative. Enjoy the present moment.

Click here for a detailed description of ISFP.

Importance of Natural Leadership Style

We are surrounded by a variety of books and articles on the topic of leadership. Many have highlighted benefits of studying the behavior of high-impact people – CEOs, Presidents, and/or people from your own organization – in building your own leadership capabilities.

While I enjoy reading and learning new tactics, I firmly believe that benefits of mimicking effective leaders are short-term, especially if their style is different than your natural leadership style. Different people practice leadership in different ways due to different perspectives, priorities, values, and preferences. Additionally, the leadership frame may change based on the context of the situation.

Most profound and practical way to be an effective leader is to build upon basic natural leadership style and to draw on strengths.

25 Most Influential Business Management Books

How many have you read?

via Full List – The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books – TIME.

  1. The Age of Unreason (1989), by Charles Handy
  2. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (1994), by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
  3. Competing for the Future (1996), by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
  4. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (1980), by Michael E. Porter
  5. Emotional Intelligence (1995), by Daniel Goleman
  6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What to Do about It (1985), by Michael E. Gerber
  7. The Essential Drucker (2001), by Peter Drucker
  8. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990), by Peter Senge
  9. First, Break All the Rules (1999), by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  10. The Goal (1984), by Eliyahu Goldratt
  11. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t (2001), by Jim Collins
  12. Guerilla Marketing (1984), by Jay Conrad Levinson
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), by Dale Carnegie
  14. The Human Side of Enterprise (1960), by Douglas McGregor
  15. The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), by Clayton Christensen
  16. Leading Change (1996), by John P. Kotter
  17. On Becoming a Leader (1989), by Warren Bennis
  18. Out of the Crisis (1982), by W. Edwards Deming
  19. My Years with General Motors (1964), by Alfred P. Sloan Jr.
  20. The One Minute Manager (1982), by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  21. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution (1993), by James Champy and Michael Hammer
  22. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (1989), by Stephen R. Covey
  23. The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola and other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance (2000), by Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman and Roland R. Cavanagh
  24. Toyota Production System (1988), by Taiichi Ohno
  25. Who Moved My Cheese? (1998), by Spencer Johnson