The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most common personality assessments and a frequently used instrument for team development. However, in relation to team development processes, there is little research and literature on the role of personality in general and the usefulness of MBTI in particular. This article starts with a review of the MBTI and explores the relationship between MBTI profiles and team processes using a sample of 1,630 people working in 156 teams in a Swedish industrial organization. The results show that only a small number of MBTI personality profiles have a significant relationship with team processes. Overall, the composition of teams in terms of MBTI profiles does not seem to predict team development very well. Findings suggest that the MBTI may be used as an instrument for personal development and as a vehicle for group members to gain a better understanding of each other.

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Keywords Personality, Team development, Team personality composition, Team processes, Work teams
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/1046496409333938, hdl.handle.net/1765/16955
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Kuipers, B.S, Higgs, M.J, Tolkacheva, N.V, & de Witte, M.C. (2009). The Influence of Myers-Briggs type Indicator profiles on team development processes: An empirical study in the manufacturing industry. Small Group Research: an international journal of theory, investigation and application, 40(4), 436–464. doi:10.1177/1046496409333938