What is the MBTI test?

The Myers-Briggs Type indicator is based on how people prefer to use their four basic mental functions, i.e. sensing, intuition, thinking, feeling. With this test, people can get to know themselves better for personal development, team development and organizational development. 

The overview below shows the four mental functions, each with two preferences. People have all eight 'preferences' at home, but have one preference per mental function. The four preferences make up the MBTI personality type. The various combinations of these preferences result in sixteen different personality types. These are expressed in a letter combination.

Extraversion or Introversion

  • What do you get energy from? Are you focused outward or more inward?

Sensing or Intuition. 

  • What do you pay attention to when you collect information? Do you prefer realistic and factual information or intuitive and global information?

Thinking or Feeling. 

  • How do you make decisions? Do you make decisions based on objective and rational grounds or on subjective and personal grounds?

Judging or Perceiving. 

  • What kind of life do you lead? Do you like an orderly and structured life or a spontaneous and flexible life?

The MBTI test is not the only way to look at personality types and team roles. There is also the Belbin Team Role Model, which you can find here.

Use in organizations

The MBTI is mainly used for team building and leadership training. In team building, it fosters understanding for the mutual differences and makes the qualities present within a team more visible. In leadership training, MBTI mainly helps to give a good picture of the strengths and development points of the managers. In addition, it gives managers insight into employees with different personality types and the interaction within these types.

Applications of MBTI

  • Team building and team development
  • Management and leadership development
  • Personal development
  • Improving decision making within teams
  • Communication improvement
  • Organizational change


Paul works in the administrative department of a car leasing company. He is expected to perform his duties according to a set routine. However, Paul prefers to work on ways to better organize the work. According to him, certain procedures are outdated and some people are not in the right position within the department. He often raises this with his colleagues and managers. Although he can put his proposals into words well, he is usually not listened to. "Let's just keep it that way," is the response he often hears.

Paul's MBTI test results show that he is extroverted and intuitive (EN). This means he is an action-oriented innovator. This is in contrast to many of his colleagues, who are mainly thoughtful realists (IS) and therefore less fond of change. Perhaps Paul would do better in a place where there is more room for new ideas and where he can guide people in implementing them.

Minke is a colleague of Paul. She is an administrative-legal assistant. Her main task is to draw up watertight lease agreements. She has the profile ISTP. This makes her an introverted (I) observer (S) who thinks logically (T) and quickly adapts to new information (P). Minke is the thoughtful realist. Hence, she is also a thinker and an observer, she is ideally suited to the team role of the scientist. She is curious, calm and independent. She is good at solving complex organizational problems. She functions well in her job.

Where can you take the MBTI test?

NL -> https://www.impact-ontwikkeling.nl/persoonlijkheidstest/

EN -> https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test


- MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) - Impact Trainingen. (z.d.). https://www.impact-ontwikkeling.nl/pagina/mbti/

- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) | Carrièretijger. (z.d.). https://www.carrieretijger.nl/functioneren/ontwikkelen/persoonlijkheidsmodellen/mbti

- MBTI en Jung test | 123test.nl. (z.d.). https://www.123test.nl/mbti/

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