Implications for Managers

  • Consider screening job candidates for conscientiousness—and the other Big Five traits, depending on the criteria your organization finds most important. Other aspects, such as core self-evaluation or narcissism, may be relevant in certain situations.

  • Although the MBTI has faults, you can use it in training and development to help employees better understand each other, open up communication in workgroups, and possibly reduce conflicts.

  • Evaluate jobs, workgroups, and your organization to determine the optimal personality fit.

  • Take into account situational factors when evaluating observable personality traits, and lower the situation strength to better ascertain personality characteristics.

  • The more you consider people’s ...

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