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Myers-Briggs and Conducting

I cover two concepts in my choral conducting class that are not about conducting.  One is the Myers-Briggs personality test, the other is the Seven Habits of Highly Effective people.  
 
First, I have all my students take the Myers Briggs personality test and read about themselves.  My theory is this - we can't lead others if we don't know ourselves.  The Myers-Briggs test does an excellent job of telling you what your strengths probably are and it also talks about your weaknesses.  I'm tested as an ENTP, although I have a feeling that I am more "I" than "E" these days.  
 
If you know about the Myers-Briggs, you understand that lingo.
 
When I was officially tested ten years ago, I probably thought of myself as an extrovert.  Either I've changed or I've learned more about myself - I display more introverted characteristics these days.
 
I read an interesting post about introverts the other day:  Ten Myths about Introverts.  Only about 25% of us are introverted - and I guess we feel pretty strange about that.
 
If you think you may be an introvert, take note of a few of these myths and read the whole post here.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people. On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
 
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public. Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
 
 
 
 
 
on March 19, 2012 5:19am
For those interested in what it means to be an introvert, and how to better interact with them as students, colleagues, or leaders...this recent TED talk is outstanding. http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html
 
Jed Scott
on March 19, 2012 6:32am
For me, the value of using Meyers-Briggs is that we learn of how differently each of us processes and organizes information. Whether working with volunteers, in an educational setting, or with a professional group, a director is a teacher of sorts, and understanding that multiple learning styles are represented in the group aids us in planning our strategies and rehearsal plans. It has helped me be more patient at times, and has enhanced my study of the works before I approach a group for rehearsal.
on March 19, 2012 10:33am
Our staff and leadership here at River Road Church, Baptist (Richmond, VA) took the ProScan personality test recently. Very revealing - and very helpful to know how to interact with differing personality types, especially if you report to more than one person.