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    Sep 20, 2017    |   Psychometrics

Using the MBTI with 360-Degree Feedback Assessments

While the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® on its own can provide valuable insights and developmental targets, when used in conjunction with a multi-source feedback assessment it further helps individuals increase their self-awareness – the cornerstone of individual development and success.

Why Both?

The MBTI® assessment is a powerful starting point to invite initial reflection and evaluation of an individual’s natural approach and what could be an outcome of their style. The MBTI instrument can be thought of as a gateway to self-knowledge, and often times, is an individual’s first opportunity to consider their impact on others from an internal and self-reported perspective. However, it is important to note that the preferences themselves make no actual conclusion about skill, ability, or overall performance.

Unlike the Myers-Briggs® assessment, however, the Psychometrics 360 tool does not measure motivations or intents – it focuses solely on behaviour observations from people that a client interacts with in the workplace. In other words, the Psychometrics 360 provides the individual with an opportunity to explore how their style impacts the people around them. This behaviour-based feedback, from a variety of sources, identifies areas where a client needs to develop specific skills and capabilities. This multi-rater feedback becomes especially useful as it moderates the potential bias in personal reflection, resulting in more accurate self-awareness.

By using both the MBTI and Psychometrics 360 assessments together, a coach or practitioner can explore connections between a client’s natural style and the actual behaviours they utilize in the workplace. The result is a much more comprehensive picture of the individual, and a profound increase in accurate – rather than supposed – understanding of the self.

The overall benefits of using both assessments together are:

  • More concise and targetable action plans based around real observations
  • Deeper level of understanding how one’s individual style and observed competencies contribute to personal effectiveness or highlight developmental needs
  • Better buy-in from the client – they are more likely to be receptive to some of the specific 360 feedback after exploring their inherent style in positive terms

Join us for our free upcoming webinar on the subject: Using the MBTI and Psychometrics 360 Instruments to Maximize Leaders’ Self-Awareness, happening Wednesday, October 4th at 2pm EST. Click here to register.


To read a recently published whitepaper examining in-depth the benefits and ways to use these tools together, click here.

To learn more about the Psychometrics 360 tool, and how it can help drive leadership performance, click here.

To learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, or for help getting started with it, click here.