Meyers Briggs Personality Type, are these tests of any value?

It seems that at the beginning of each year we talk a lot about resolutions, and then we move into how we are accomplishing or failing at them, finally moving into the thoughts of the type of people we are and how that plays into what we are doing and what will lay the ground work for the rest of the year.  I personally don’t believe in new years resolutions, for me each day is a new day and the goal I have always had is to be better than I was yesterday.  Sometimes this means the new day holds a great deal if the previous day was not one of my best, or it means that I will just try to build on a day prior that was spectacular.  More often than not it tends to be small steps the generates a body of work that I want to be proud of instead of one giant leap of achievement.  Although it rarely looks like this to the outside world, most progress is made with consistent and persistent activities that eventually lead to success.  When I speak with people who are starting out in their careers or just getting started on something new, I always remind them that the need to be faithful with the little they have now will produce results of having them given more over time.

I would say that this point of view is a part of my worldview as well as my inherent makeup, and because I have recently seen many people move into the phase of “what type of person and I”, I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what my personality type said.  I have taken many personality tests over the years, Strength Finders, Myer Briggs, DISC profiles, etc.  Because Meyers Briggs is one of the more widely used, I decided to go back and see what my results showed.  I was classified as an ESTJ.   

They classify the ESTJ personality as “The Executive”.  The definition given was “ESTJs are representatives of tradition and order, utilizing their understanding of what is right, wrong and socially acceptable to bring families and communities together. Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, people with the ESTJ personality type are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they happily lead the way on difficult paths. Taking pride in bringing people together, ESTJs often take on roles as community organizers, working hard to bring everyone together in celebration of cherished local events, or in defense of the traditional values that hold families and communities together.”  Nothing in this really surprised me and most of this resonates with how I tend to focus on teams and people in trying to do something that will help. 

Now I am not one for labels, a post for another time, but I do believe that these tests can help us improve our emotional intelligence about ourselves when often times we don’t even think about these things.  In my case it confirms what I continue to think and believe.  I am all for people using these tests as a baseline to help you think about who you are and what you want to do especially if you are struggling with determining this or if it is something you have never done before.  However, it should never be considered the end, but just the beginning.  One of the greatest things about people is our ability to grow and change.  We can try on opinions without making them our own, but if you don’t know who you are you will fall for anything.  The better we know who we are and what we believe in, the better we are at having empathy and sympathy for other people and what they have been through.  If you have never taken one of these tests I recommend it.  You just might learn something new or be able to put words to what you have been thinking, and if nothing else it will be a great conversation topic with those you do life with because in the end we were never created to go through this life isolated and alone.