October 2016 Bar Bulletin
The Quirky Lawyer:
Understanding the Genius of Personality Type
(Last of Four Parts)
By Stacey L. Romberg
This article is the last of four installments designed to provide insight in how understanding the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® enables attorneys to become more effective in managing their career, relating to clients, and overseeing their office.
In my first article, I provided an overview of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and explored how being an introvert or an extrovert can influence an attorney’s approach to career choices and time management. In my second article, I discussed the three lesser-known personality indicators, and explained how an attorney’s preference for one over another can significantly impact that attorney’s legal practice.
In the third article, I examined my own personality type as an example of how attorneys can become better lawyers and make more informed career choices by gaining a more thorough understanding of their type. In this final article, I will explore the idea of group type, using my office’s group type as an example of how this information can help a law firm function better as an effective and cohesive team.
What Is Group Type?
Group type is the MBTI® score for a group, such as a law firm. Group type is calculated by adding up the sum of the letters for each group member.1 For example, my office team consists of six individuals with these titles and accompanying personality type indicators:
- INTJ (Attorney)
- INTJ (Attorney)
- ISTJ (Attorney)
- ISTJ (Paralegal)
- ESFJ (Administrative)
- ISFJ (Administrative)
Totaling the number of office personnel represented by each indicator letter shows the following characteristics as being predominant: Introversion (5), Sensing (4), Thinking (4) and Judging (6). Therefore, the group type for my six-member office team is ISTJ.
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