Let’s Get Personal: Working with Personality Type

Effective leaders capitalize on their strengths & manage their weaknesses. Build your power skills by understanding the MBTI, personality type assessment, and how to use your type to your greatest advantage as an effective leader.


What You Will Learn

  • What is personality type
  • Why does it matter at work
  • Structure of personality type
  • Limitations of personality type
  • Demographics of personality type: age, gender, careers, professions, etc.
  • How to apply personality type
  • Problem-solving
  • Communications & conflict
  • Stress management
  • Learning
  • Energy management
  • Building teams
  • Group type
  • Career choice
  • Mental model for type diversity in the workplace

About This Course

Great leaders are just ordinary people with the right skills at the right time. To become a great leader, however, you have to know yourself well. What are your core personality attributes? How do you make decisions? What’s your decision-making style? How do you know?

This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.

In this course, you will learn about the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, MBTI for short. It is the most frequently used assessment of personality type in the world. Nearly 90% of the Fortune 100 companies use MBTI for recruitment, promotions, job-fit decisions, and building more effective teams.

Within this course, you will find the following topics:

What is personality type
Why personality type matters personally and professionally
How type preferences influence behavior
Your personality type
Strengths and pitfalls of your personality type
How to use personality type to:
Have constructive conflict
Increase your energy
Build better teams
Communicate more effectively
Learn more effectively
Contribute more at work
Better manage stress

Core personality traits are much more difficult to change than any single Power Skill. So, it’s very important to understand your type, its strengths & weaknesses, and how to use your understanding of your type to be happier and happier at work. Personality type describes how you prefer to get data, make decisions, generate energy and are oriented to the outside world. These are preferences which are your personality's default setting. Your behavior may differ, may have to differ sometimes from your preferences, but that takes extra energy to do.

Your take-aways from this course will include:

Understanding of type
Difference between preferences and behavior
Characteristics typical of each preference pair
Generate energy: extroversion/introversion
Gather data: sensing, intuitive
Make decisions: thinking, feeling
Orientation to Outside World: judging, perceiving
How to:
Optimize your type at work
Solve problems using type dynamics
Communicate more effectively
Better manage stress
Learn in alignment with your type
Do constructive conflict with type

At A Glance

  • Expert Instruction Build Skills
  • Self-Paced Progress at your own speed
  • 6 Weeks 2-3 hours per week
  • Free or $199.00 For the full program experience Discounted to $179.10 when you purchase the full Re-Imagining Leadership Professional Certificate Program.
  • 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) Earn PDUs toward your Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Mangement Professional (PMP) certification

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Your Instructor

Jocelyn S. Davis

Professor Davis is an innovative educator whose specialty lies in educating students in Managing Project Teams and Evolving as Project Leader. She is the sole instructor and creator of the Re-Imaging Leadership Professional Certificate on edX.


Week 1
Week 1: Introduction & What is Personality Type?
  • Introduction to Personality Type
  • What is Personality Type
  • Structure of MBTI – The Functions
  • Structure of MBTI – The Attitudes
  • A Few More Interesting Details
  • The Big Ideas of What is Personality Type
Week 2
Week 2: You and Your Personality
  • Introduction
  • Exploring Your Personality Type, Part I
  • Exploring Your Personality Type, Part II
  • Optimizing You
  • Type Watching
  • The Big Ideas of You and Your Personality
Week 3
Week 3: Personality Applied, Part I
  • Introduction
  • Model for Problem-solving with Type
  • Communicating with Type
  • Triggers, Stress and the Grip
  • Type Contribution to the Workplace
  • The Big Ideas of Personality Applied, Part I
Week 4
Week 4: Personality Applied, Part II
  • Introduction
  • Personality Type and Projects
  • Energy Management by Type
  • Conflict and Type
  • Building Teams with Type
  • The Big Ideas of Personality Applied, Part II

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