In a new opinion piece published in the Journal of College Administration, psychologist Neil Banner expressed serious concern about college staff who use personality inventories such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to label themselves as incapable of doing necessary work tasks.
“Personality typing was designed to help professionals learn about themselves in relation to others – to make them better in the workplace,” explains Banner. “Now we hear capable professionals using excuses like ‘I’m an introvert’ to avoid the day-to-day challenges of work.”
“I think Dr. Banner is missing the bigger picture,” countered Bianca Mills, assistant director of administrative services at Truman University in Poughkeepsie, NY. “I’m a P on the MBTI, so I honestly don’t see how a supervisor should expect me to meet deadlines like J-people do. Dr. Banner is an academician. His research is helpful, but that doesn’t mean he knows about the real world like administrators do.”
Banner is currently planning a leadership conference for administrators to learn how to work through their personality type deficits, but so far no one has registered.
“I’m a strong F on the Myers-Briggs,” said Nolan Robbins, a member of the counseling center staff at Herbertville College in Kansas. “I’d like to go to the conference, but it hurts my feelings to know that Dr. Banner might have expertise I don’t. It’s probably best that I avoid it this year.”