I’m fascinated by personalities and ways you can learn more about your own personality because it creates self-awareness. Self-awareness is a great strength for any person, especially in leadership and medicine. I encourage you to take a Meyers-Briggs test, learn about your personality type and explore the implications your personality type may have for you as a healthcare leader.
When I started medical school, I took my very first MBTI. I was curious to see if my results 4 years ago still hold true today. They most definitely do, and I identify as an ESFJ (The Caregiver). I would say this assessment is very accurate; after all, I am a physician-in-training.
Some characteristics of an ESFJ I feel most aligned with my views of myself are:
- Enjoying interacting with people
- Warm, energetic, dependable, genuine goodness, sympathetic, helpful, tactful, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, traditional, family-oriented
- Strong need to be liked and in control
- Good at reading others
- Have a very difficult time accepting the end of a relationship, and are likely to take the blame for the failure onto their own shoulders
I believe my personality type would afford me great relationships with the people around me along with discovering various talents in others that would allow me to delegate tasks accordingly. Building strong relationships can lead to positive outcomes when team members feel valued. There is also something to be said for a leader who is passionate about serving others. Organization, dependability, consistency, and practicality also demonstrate traits vital to successful leadership. However, there are negative consequences to sweeping weakness “under the rug.” It’s important to be self-aware and improve on our weaknesses.
So now I have to ask you, what is your Meyers-Briggs? How do you think learning about your personality type will be beneficial to you in medicine and leadership?