The Myers-Briggs personality types that dominate so many people seeking new jobs, but knowing about the sort of person you are can also help you as a lawyer professionally – and personally.
The Myers-Briggs test is designed to bring order to apparently random behaviour or thought patterns. You can see an overview of how it works here.
The system establishes 16 personality types across four categories, being –
1.Introvert or Extrovert? Preference for a focus on the inner world (Introversion, “I”), or the outer world (Extroversion, “E”);
2. Sensing or Intuition? Focus on basic information as it’s taken in (Sensing, “S”), or on interpreting and adding meaning to the information (Intuition, “N);
3. Thinking or Feeling? Preference for logic in decision-making (Thinking, “T), or on people and special circumstances (Feeling, “F”);
4. Judging or Perceiving? Preference for getting things decided (Judging, “J”), or being open to new information (Perceiving, “P”).
One, Short Test – and 16 Numbers
The test is short – just 12 minutes or less, but it can shape your life, your job and your future in many ways.
It can also shape what sort of lawyer you are best suited to being.
People with this personality type are practical, factual, organized, and logical. They’re great problem-solvers who thrive in careers that are heavy with facts, numbers, and data. They make excellent accountants, engineers, air traffic controllers, and security guards.
ISFJ’s are warm and sympathetic, but also detailed, organized, and thorough. They are natural protectors, so they tend to thrive as health care professionals or working with children, but because they are so detail-oriented, they also do well in positions that work closely with money, like bookkeeping.
Sensitive, creative, and intense. They thrive with language and symbols. They long for meaning in their careers, and because they are adept at reading people, they do best in the arts, medicine, education, and science.
Decisive, innovative, insightful, and logical. They’re able to apply their big-picture thinking along with their problem-solving skills, which makes them best-suited for work in very technical careers like architecture, science, and engineering.
People with this personality type are very hands-on and are analytical, practical, and exacting. They are natural troubleshooters and problem-solvers, so they do very well in careers with computers, electronics, and technology, but they also thrive in the outdoors so are well-suited for farming and ranching as well.
Individuals with this personality type are intellectually curious but also analytical, objective, and conceptual. Intellectual property? Complex corporate and securities? Antitrust and regulatory work?
Smart and energetic, they make great entrepreneurs. They’re realistic, analytical, and efficient. They have solid people skills, so they’re awesome in sales, and they’re best-suited for careers that don’t require a lot of routine. Managing partner? Business development for the firm?
Energetic, caring, resourceful, and adaptable. Hands-on. They’re enthusiastic and seek excitement, so they make fantastic performers. They thrive when helping others and working closely with people. Property law, domestic or family law? Media and sports law?
Individuals with this personality type are imaginative, creative, insightful, and caring. They’re very service-oriented and have great communication skills. They do best in careers where they are helping others and/or being creative. Family law? Elder law?
This personality type tends to be energetic, analytical, enthusiastic, and theoretical. They are adept at solving problems creatively. Because they work so well with others, they make great leaders. Law firm management, litigation?
People with this personality type are logical, assertive, decisive, and results-oriented. They’re critical and tend to take charge, so they’re natural-born leaders. Management, corporate work?
ENFJ’s are passionate and charismatic. They’re sociable, warm, empathetic, and imaginative. Born leaders, they have strong humanitarian values and do best in positions that allow them to help and support others. Litigation?
Individuals with this personality type are organized, critical, and logical. Organizers and planners, they’re strong leaders and very career-driven, so they thrive in the corporate world. They’re exceptionally hard workers and do very well in the following industries: legal, engineering, scientific, sports, and even the arts.
Myers-Briggs is a hugely helpful tool to help lawyers and just about anyone and everyone else to establish their personality type and career prospects – ideal for lawyers seeking the opportunity that best suits them.