A couple of caveats before I get started. First off, I’m not professing to be an expert in this area, but we went through this exercise with my team last year, and we all found it to be very enlightening and beneficial to our team dynamics. We’re also not suggesting that our board here doesn’t work well together, but we think that these concepts can help up become an even higher-functioning board.
Separated into four dimensions: Favorite world: How you prefer to interact with the world around you. Information: How you focus on and take in information presented to you. Decisions: What you focus on when making decisions. Structure : How you work and make decisions.
There are a lot of types of intelligence out there.
We all know the classic intelligence, aptly represented by our friend Albert Einstein
Of course, there’s artificial intelligence
And, British Intelligence
But we’re talking about emotional intelligence, what better spokesman than Dr. Phil?
We all know what this is. Does anybody know what the Amygdala is? It’s an almond-sized set of neurons in the brain that is set close to the brainstem. The brainstem is our “reptillian brain” it controls basic motor functions. The Amygdala controls our fight or flight system and is also involved in the processing of emotions.
So, essentially, the Amygdala developed to help protect our anscestors from baddies like this. When the amygdala senses a threat, it prompts your body to release adrenaline, and basically shuts down the reasoning part of your brain so that you can respond instantly, and without hesitation to a threat.
But, in today’s day and world, most of our physical threats are non-existent, so the amygdala looks for a job in other places….threats to our status, security, self-confidence, etc.
Early roots of EI can be found in Darwin’s work on the importance of emotional expression for survival and adaptation. The concept since then has evolved into a generalized definition: The ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.
Emotional intelligence, essentially helps us short-circuit the amygdala response to a perceived threat. The amygdala response, on the left, goes from event to reaction, out gut feeling, directly to a response – and this is where we often get ourselves in trouble. We don’t take the time to consider why people said what they did, or acted the way they did, we just go straight to our gut, which is often wrong. Of course, our response has an impact, , which causes a reaction, which triggers a response, and you can see where this goes. Using emotional intelligence, and a learned self awareness, we’re able to interpret our feelings, determine if the event is a real threat, and regulate our response, leading to a healthier dialogue and interaction. How does this relate to the MBTI? Well, understanding what makes you tick, and being empathic in trying to understand what makes others tick, helps us to work better, think about our intentions, communications, and responses when dealing with others. And that should lead to better interactions and relationships.
1. MYERS BRIGGS ANDEMOTIONALINTELLIGENCE
2. MYERS & BRIGGS TYPEINDICATOR (MBTI)• MBTI assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions• Based on theories proposed by Carl Jung• Studies have shown high validity and test- retest reliability
3. MBTI TYPESFAVORITE EXTRAVERSION INTROVERSIONWORLD (E) (I)General Draws energy from Draws energy from being with others withinWork Environments Develops ideas by Develops ideas alone discussing them with through reflection othersCommunication Communicate with Keep energy and energy and enthusiasm inside enthusiasm
4. MBTI TYPESINFORMATION SENSING (S) INTUITION (N)General Focus on Facts or Tune in to and trust specifics hunchesWork Prefer relying on Like solving new,Environments experience or standard complex problems processes to solve with new, problems nontraditional solutionsCommunication Like to have facts, details Like to start with and other evidence broad ideas and big presented first picture hypotheses before filling w/details
5. MBTI TYPESDECISIONS THINKING (T) FEELING (F)General Make decisions based on Make decision based objective criteria of the on most analytically logical personal/subjective solution values and the impact on morale and team cohesionWork Can work without Work best inEnvironments harmony, concentration harmony with others, instead on the task focusing on the peopleCommunication Prefer to be brief and to Prefer to be the point personable and in agreement
6. MBTI TYPESTRUCTURE JUDGING (J) PERCEIVING (P)General Prefer to close debate and Prefer to remain open move towards early to emerging ideas action and informationWork Enjoy organizing and Enjoy starting tasksEnvironments completing tasks and and leaving them beating deadlines open for last-minute changesCommunication Want to agree on Willing to discuss schedules, timetables and timetables, but resist deadlines tight deadlines and inflexible schedules
9. ELEMENTS OF EMOTIONALINTELLIGENCE • Ability to notice, understand and anticipate our emotions, perceptions, drives and tendencies in certain SELF- circumstances.AWARENESS • Informs us of our likely reactions, helping us know what our default responses might be. • Overriding our impulsive reactions and instead choosing responses that will best achieve the desired impact. SELF-REGULATION • Absent self-regulation our responses would flow unfiltered from our impulsive reactions. • Ability to notice, understand and anticipate the impact of our actions, and the emotions and perceptions others have as they experience what we do.EMPATHY • Provides crucial feedback to inform our self-regulation so we can choose the best responses.
10. EI ENABLES US TO OVERRIDE OUR GUTREACTIONS AND CHOOSE RESPONSES THATPRODUCE THE DESIRED IMPACT EVENT SELF-(External Stimulus) AWARENESS REACTION (What we impulsively feel) SELF- REGULATION RESPONSE(What others see us do) IMPACT EMPATHY (The effect of our response)