Manager Personality Types

Does personality have an effect on who becomes a manager? Yes. While there are some personality features that generally cater better to a career in management, all types are capable of success through training. Take a free Myer Briggs Type Indicator to discover your personality type. Alternatively, Personality Pathways contains side-by-side letter comparisons.Note: The Myer Briggs personality test may be less accurate when the test taker is under stress or other conditions that may affect how the test questions are answered. One way to likely gather a more reliable result is to complete the test upon waking in the morning. Wait a few days, and then once more take the test during the evening. Ultimately, you probably know your personality characteristics better than any test will, though the MBTI may appear to be quite accurate. After discovering your type, you may find it beneficial to carefully examine the strengths and weaknesses of your personality. By doing so, you might begin to understand which types of jobs your natural skills aid, as well as allowing you to implement solutions to further develop potential weak spots.

Unites States Canada Mexico England Average Percent
ISTJ 17 21.9 28.9 23.8 22.9
ESTJ 15.8 15.5 36.3 20.7 22.075
ENTJ 13.1 10 9 8.8 10.225
INTJ 10 11.8 8.3 6.5 9.15
ENTP 8.1 6.7 4.1 4.2 5.775
INTP 6.6 8.3 3.2 2.9 5.25
ISTP 3.4 4.6 4.2 4.4 4.15
ESTP 3.2 3.9 4.5 3.9 3.875
ISFJ 3.4 2.9 0.3 6.5 3.275
ENFP 5.1 3.6 0.1 2.9 2.925
ESFJ 3.6 1.9 0.3 5.9 2.925
INFP 2.7 2.4 0.1 3.1 2.075
ENFJ 3.4 2.5 0.1 1.6 1.9
INFJ 1.9 1.6 0.3 2.4 1.55
ESFP 1.4 1.0 0.3 1.2 0.975
ISFP 1.2 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.925

As displayed in the table above, the most common manager MBTI type is the ISTJ. In fact, those who have a preference for thinking and judging tend to be better represented among managers. On the other hand, feelers were less commonly found in a management role.

So what does this mean?

In the sample, those individuals who tend to base their decisions upon facts and logic accounted for 79.25% of managers, and were represented above all feelers: those who base their decisions primarily upon how they feel.

People who have a tendency toward structure and organization represented about 74% of managers, and the 4 most likely MBTI management types.

Introverts represented about 49.275% of managers, with 41.45% of them within the 8 most frequently found MBTI types for management. Extroverts, on the other hand, represented 41.95% within the top 8, concluding that introverts are found as frequently in management roles as are extroverts.

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