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Psychometrics in Coaching, 2nd Edition by Jonathan Passmore

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06

Coaching with the MBTI instrument

SALLY CARR, BERNARD COOKE, LEANNE HARRIS and BETSY KENDALL

Introduction

Of the many psychometric tools used by executive coaches, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® questionnaire (MBTI®) is one of the most popular. It is based on a model that describes personality in positive, non-threatening terms, enabling coachees to appreciate their strengths while recognizing the value of personality types different from their own. It therefore underlines the benefits of diversity and the potential to use differences constructively. Further, the Jungian theory on which it rests assumes that each person has an innate drive toward growth and completeness. This makes the MBTI highly congruent with key objectives of coaching. ...

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