The Management Team Roles Indicator (MTR-i™)
Personality affects role, role affects personality. Untangling this web helps teams develop, flex and perform because team roles are important. We are all capable of playing many roles in the different spheres of our life. We can be controlling parents and yet very laissez-faire managers. This is not a contradiction but a simple reflection of the range and flexibility of the human race. However, we all know that our personality affects the roles that we enjoy and also affects the roles we find easy to play. For example, some abstract and creative people can find it very hard to play a role requiring the monitoring and implementing of procedures – and becoming an Air Traffic Control operator may not be their favourite career! The Management Team Roles Indicator helps by identifying;
- what is best for the most desirable outcomes
- making people aware of the implications of their current behaviour
- showing how their personal preferences affect what they see as important
- a common language that allow people to explore each others contribution rather than their formal role, status or stereotype
- general themes in people’s behaviour that suggest potential hidden and unforeseen consequences when analysed in terms of the context in which the team works.
You can download examples from our Sample Reports page.
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In 1921 a psychologist called Carl Jung published a theory, which identified some important ‘mental muscles’ that people use in everyday life. During the mid 20th century, a mother and daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel-Briggs Myers used Jung’s ideas to develop the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® – a questionnaire that helps you identify which mental muscles you prefer. The MTR-i is a further adaptation of Jung’s theory that helps you identify which mental muscles you are using most.
The difference between preference and usage of mental muscles can be illustrated by writing your name with your preferred hand, and then writing it again with your other hand. This probably shows that you have a clear preference for one hand. But for many everyday tasks -such as eating a meal, driving a car, or playing golf – you use both hands. And the hand you use to steer whilst driving is not necessarily your preferred hand – it depends whether the car is designed to be left or right hand drive. In a similar way, you
probably have a preference for certain mental muscles, but you use all of them.
The Management Team Roles Indicator questionnaire helps you identify which mental muscles you are currently using most, which may be different from your preference. It therefore indicates what type of contribution you are making to your work team.