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.
- Determine your personality type
- Discover your strengths and weaknesses
- 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"
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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
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.
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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!