MBTI and Leadership Team Cohesion

MBTI and Leadership Team Cohesion

Using MBTI with a new leadership team to develop & build team cohesion

What was the issue?

The Departmental Director said that developing stronger leadership skills across the department was a priority, together with fostering a more collaborative approach and a greater sense of cohesion and common purpose across the whole departmental team.  A new Leadership Team structure was created drawn from the spread of functional areas in the department. This new team had not worked together previously and had differing levels of experience and technical skills.  The first step was to build understanding of each other’s preferences and differences and recognition of the value of difference within a team.

How  supported the development and outcomes

After a consultation with Marie and a discussion about the various options, we decided to use Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help develop greater self-awareness for individuals and to understand the make-up of the new team.  An off-site away afternoon was held in early December to work through the results with the team.  We were keen to ensure that the team then had the chance to work together right away, as part of the process of getting to know each other and to apply the learning from the MBTI outputs.  The group worked in small teams to develop ideas and action plans to enhance and improve our delivery plan activities and ultimately, achievement of marketing strategy objectives.

The results of the MBTI showed we have a good spread of different ‘types’ across the new team and the whole exercise was well received by all.  Participating in the exercise has undoubtedly helped to build relationships between managers at this level across the department and started to foster a wider sense of responsibility within the Leadership team for the work of the department as a whole.

We used the MBTI problem solving tool to think support us to think creatively about future marketing ideas and theses were then fed into creating and updating our Business Plans.  More widely and with the MBTI as a foundation for promoting better collaboration between the different teams and functional areas, the Leadership team has gone on to work together to plan and implement a values exercise within the department, as part of a wider culture change initiative.

From the Departmental Director:

The results of the MBTI showed we have a good spread of different ‘types’ across the new team and the whole exercise was well received by all.  Participating in the exercise has undoubtedly helped to build relationships between managers at this level across the department and started to foster a wider sense of responsibility within the Leadership team for the work of the department as a whole.”

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July 30, 2017