Personality Type and the Singapore Manager: Research Findings based on the MBTI

Vicky Tan; Tan Ngoh Tiong
January 1999
Singapore Management Review;Jan1999, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
This article presents information regarding the role of personality types in different work situations. One instrument, which is widely used to assess personality types, is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI, based on Carl Jung's theory of human personality, was constructed by Isabel Myers in 1962. It was developed for personality assessment and classifying individuals into one of the sixteen possible personality types. It is popularly used to provide a profile of managers. Extraverts like variety and action, tend to be faster, dislike complicated procedures, are often good at greeting people and are impatient at long, slow jobs. They often do not mind interruptions. They can act quickly, sometimes without thinking. They like to have people around them and usually can communicate freely. Introverts like quiet concentration. They tend to he careful with details and dislike sweeping statements. They have trouble remembering names and faces. They tend not to mind working on one project for a long time, uninterrupted. They are interested in ideas and dislike intrusions and interruptions. They work contentedly alone and may have some problems communicating.


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