Podcast Episode 5: Great Conversations, Personality Types, and Safe Skies

Summary

Great conversations lead to safer skies. Communication barriers due to personality differences are most often unveiled in the most inopportune times. Discover your communication strengths and weaknesses by identifying your personality type, and then discuss potential latent compatibility issues when your personality type is interacting with your crewmember’s type. 

  1. Determine your personality type
  2. Discover your strengths and weaknesses
  3. Explore compatability

Step One: Determine Your Personality Type

Use the descriptions below to determine your four-letter Myers-Briggs personality type.  Choose the side that seems most natural to you, even if you don’t agree with the entire set of descriptions. Consider how you behave at work when analyzing your type. 

1. Are you inwardly or outwardly focused? Choose "I" or "E"

Introversion (I)

  • You could be described as reserved or private
  • You prefer a slower  pace with time for contemplation
  • You tend to think things through inside your head
  • You would rather observe than be the center of attention

Extroversion (E)

  • You could be described as talkative and outgoing
  • You like to be in a fast-paced environment
  • You tend to work out ideas with others and think out loud
  • You enjoy being the center of attention

2. How do you prefer to take in information? Choose "S" or "N"

Sensing (S)

  • You focus on the reality of how things are
  • You pay attention to concrete facts and details
  • You prefer ideas that have practical applications
  • You like to describe things in a specific literal way

Intuition (N)

  • You imagine the possibilities of how things could be
  • You notice the big picture, and see how everything connects
  • You enjoy ideas and concepts for their own sake
  • You like to describe things in a figurative poetic way. 

3. How do you prefer to make decisions? Choose "T" or "F"

Thinking (T)

  • You make decisions in an impersonal way, using logical reasoning
  • You value justice and fairness
  • You enjoy finding the flaws in an argument
  • You could be described as reasonable and/or level-headed

Feeling (F)

  • You base your decisions on personal values and how your actions will affect others
  • You value harmony and forgiveness
  • You like to please others and point out the best in people
  • You could be described as warm and/or empathetic

4. How do you prefer to live your outer life? Choose "J" or "P"

Judging (J)

  • You prefer to have matters settled
  • You think that rules and deadlines should be respected
  • You prefer to have detailed step-by-step instructions
  • You make plans and want to know what you’re getting yourself into 

Perceiving (P)

  • You prefer to leave your options open
  • You see rules and deadlines as flexible
  • You like to improvise and make things up as you go
  • You are spontaneous, enjoy surprises and new situations

You can also take the full test at https://www.16personalities.com

Step Two: Discover Your Strengths and Weaknesses

After you have identified your personality type, have an introspective look at your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest with yourself, this is vital to identifying potential communication barriers. 

Hover or tap your card to flip.

ISTJ - Logistician

Hardworking with sound practical judgement. Honest, direct, strong-willed, dutiful, responsible, calm, practical, orderly, jack-of-all trades.

ISTJ Weaknesses

Stubborn, intensive, by-the-book, judgmental, self-blaming
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ISFJ - Defender

Devoted caretakers who enjoy being helpful to others. Warm, considerate, gentle, responsible, pragmatic, thorough.

ISFJ Weaknesses

Shy, takes things personally, represses feelings, overloads themselves, reluctant to change, too altruistic.
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INFJ - Advocate

Seeks harmony and cooperation, and intellectual stimulation. Idealistic, organized, insightful, dependable, compassionate, gentle.

INFJ Weaknesses

Sensitive, extremely private, perfectionistic, always needs to have a cause, easily burnt out.
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INTJ - Architect

Driven by their own original ideas to achieve improvements. Innovative, independent, strategic, logical, reserved, insightful.

INTJ Weaknesses

Arrogant, judgmental, overly analytical, loathe highly structured environments, clueless in romance.
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ISTP - Virtuoso

Enjoys adventure and skilled at understanding how mechanical things work. Action-oriented, logical, analytical, spontaneous, reserved, and independent.

ISTP Weaknesses

Stubborn, insensitive, private, reserved, easily bored, dislike commitment, risky behavior
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ISFP - Adventurer

Seeks to create a personal environment that is both beautiful and practical. Gentle, sensitive, nurturing, helpful, flexible, realistic, charming, imaginative, passionate, artistic.

ISFP Weaknesses

Fiercely Independent, unpredictable, easily stressed, overly competitive, fluctuating self-esteem.
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INFP - Mediator

Values inner harmony and personal growth. Focuses on dreams and possibilities. Sensitive, creative, idealistic, perceptive, caring, loyal.

INFP Weaknesses

Too idealistic, too altruistic, impractical, dislike dealing with data, take things personally, difficult to get to know.
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INTP - Logician

Original thinkers who enjoy speculation and creative problem solving. Intellectual, logical, precise, reserved, flexible, imaginative.

INTP Weaknesses

Very private and withdrawn, insensitive, absent-minded, condescending, loathe rules and guidelines, second-guess themselves.
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ESTP - Entrepeneur

Pragmatic problem solvers and skillful negotiators. Outgoing, realistic, action-oriented, curious, versatile, spontaneous.

ESTP Weaknesses

Insensitive, impatient, risk-prone, unstructured, may miss the bigger picture, defiant.
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ESFP - Entertainer

Have strong common sense and enjoys helping people in tangible ways. Playful, enthusiastic, friendly, spontaneous, tactful, flexible.

ESFP Weaknesses

Sensitive, conflict-adverse, easily bored, poor long-term planners, unfocused.
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ENFP - Campaigner

Values inspiration. Enjoys starting new projects and sees the potential in others. Enthusiastic, creative, spontaneous, optimistic, supportive, playful.

ENFP Weaknesses

Poor practical skills, finds it difficult to focus, overthink things, gets stressed easily, highly emotional, independent to a fault.
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ENTP - Debater

Enjoys new challenges and ideas. Values inspiration. Inventive, enthusiastic, strategic, enterprising, inquisitive, versatile.

ENTP Weaknesses

Very argumentative, insensitive, intolerant, can find it difficult to focus, dislikes practical matters.
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ESTJ - Executive

Like to run the show and get things done in an orderly fashion. Efficient, outgoing, analytical, systematic, dependable, realistic.

ESTJ Weaknesses

Inflexible and stubborn, uncomfortable with unconventional situations, judgmental, too focused on social status, difficult to relax, difficulty expressing emotion.
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ESFJ - Consul

Seeks to be helpful and please others. Enjoys being active and productive. Friendly, outgoing, reliable, conscientious, organized, practical.

ESFJ Weaknesses

Worried about their social status, inflexible, reluctant to innovate or improvise, vulnerable to criticism, often too needy, too selfless.
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ENFJ - Protagonist

Skilled communicators who value connection with people. Caring, enthusiastic, idealistic, organized, diplomatic, responsible.

ENFJ Weaknesses

Overly idealistic, too selfless, too sensitive, fluctuating self-esteem, struggles to make tough decisions.
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ENTJ - Commander

Effective organizers of people and long-range planners. Strategic, logical, efficient, outgoing, ambitious, independent.

ENTJ Weaknesses

Stubborn and dominant, intolerant, impatient, arrogant, poor handling of emotions, cold and ruthless.
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Step Three - Compatibility Check

The idea here is not to attempt to avoid working with certain personality types, but to learn HOW to work TOGETHER in harmony. Try comparing your strengths and weaknesses to your team member’s strengths and weaknesses. See if you can identify how your strengths may inhibit communication in light of their weaknesses and vice versa. Admitting to your weaknesses is the key ingredient in destroying communication barriers!  

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Discuss below!

How did it go? Did understanding your team's personality type open the doors to great conversations? We could all benefit from your experience. Please share your thoughts in the discussion below.

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