Sample Business Paper on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) allows an individual to explore their personality type based on the traits and behaviors they exhibit. Exploring one’s personality style focuses on attempting to understand some of the individual characteristics that make one unique and set them apart from the rest. Through the MBTI personality typing system, I have been able to make sense of the unique attributes that I possess and how they influence how I conduct myself.

MBTI outlines the personal preferences that each person possesses, influence their decision making and dictate the best role and responsibility that they are suitable for. The personality systems reveal that each personality type is beyond the distinctive parts. However, the descriptions of the personality preferences complement each other to form a unified trait. The MBTI personality description demonstrates how a person can theorize various personality traits. Through MBTI, one can identify the differences between an individual that is extraverted, polite and empathetic, and another extraverted person that is more rational and emotionally detached. The personality description approach used in MBTI is important when attempting to understand an individual character as a whole; since it explains how different traits are combined. Furthermore, MBTI reveals the differences in work styles and relationships that people form with themselves and in group settings.

Learning about my personality type has helped me recognize my compatibility with various people and appreciate the differences between myself and them. Taking the MBTI personality test provided me with the chance to learn my strengths and how I can use them to collaborate with others in a complementary way.  For instance, learning about my personality has allowed me to recognize the behaviors, emotions and thoughts I display in different settings, and how these traits affect my everyday approach to others. I have learnt that I work well in a diverse work setting since I prefer to work in a team rather than working alone.

Understanding the four personality preferences in MBTI has changed how I interact with people despite the common differences that may emerge from our interactions. This way, I have managed to improve the personal and professional relationships I possess. While working in group dynamics, it is vital to recognize the differences in personality as this will lead to effective contributions from members. Additionally, this streamlines the group planning and decision-making as each member works towards complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Lecture 2: Critical Reading of the Literature

Critical reading of literature involves engaging with the topics at hand by evaluating the key message conveyed by the author. During this exercise, I focused on questioning the author’s motive and the main argument presented in the literature. For instance, during this lecture, I was able to advance my comprehension of the concepts taught through in-depth analysis of literature. Study tools such as group discussions, cases studies and question papers have been useful in examining my judgment and those of others about the opinions, arguments and explanations presented. These study tools are particularly important as they ensure that a learner does not assume their understanding of anything they have read from the surface.

Critical reading and thinking are the main foundation in developing one’s knowledge and understanding of the subject.  Reading academic literature exposes a reader to differing opinions by the authors, which requires critical analysis to differentiate between the facts, ideas and hypothesis. Various authors may write about the same subject or concept but will have differing opinions. Therefore, it is important to analyze the explanations provided by identifying the limitations, inconsistencies, bias and objections against what one is reading. Critical reading of literature has allowed me to appreciate the value of arguments presented from different standpoints and coming up with my interpretation of what I have read. As a critical reader, I am expected to understand the different viewpoints presented by authors by comparing the texts and opinions, which will inform my stance on the subject at hand.

Critical readers are expected to evaluate what a text says as opposed to just reading through. Critically reading a text means that one should read section per section rather than densely reading. Reading one section at a time while taking notes and paraphrasing the key points enhances one’s speed and comprehension. Secondly, one must deduce what the text is about by questioning themselves about the author’s point of view. The process of active and critical reading allows the reader to have confidence in what they have understood and their judgment on the subject. For example, through active reading, I have managed to confidently use examples to support my arguments, compare and contrast authors’ writing on the subject in question. Interpreting the literature implies that an individual is able to assess the text and explain its meaning as a whole. Therefore, when interpreting the text, one is expected to compare their assumptions, judgment and conclusions with that of the authors.

Critical reading of literature encourages an individual to be open-minded. In the academic realm, I have learnt that critically reading material requires one to be objective and disciplined when processing the knowledge gained. For instance, authors will not be implicit in the knowledge they share as they presume that their audience is well-informed about the subject. Therefore, it is vital to understand the underlying assumptions aa subject to avoid letting one’s personal opinions cloud the aim of the arguments presented. The PQ4R reading approach enables a person to approach a subject rationally while separating their emotional views on the subject. Overall, when critically reading material, one should be willing to question the authors’ and own viewpoints in order to accommodate new perspectives.

Lecture 3: “Nothing Is as Practical as A Good Theory” (Kurt Lewin)

Lecture 3 is based on the concept of theory. During this lecture, I was able to understand how theories are used in explaining the functions of a society, organization, and interpersonal relationships. Theories are practical tools that expand an individual’s understanding of complex issues affecting an organization or a group of people. From this lecture, I was able to understand that theories facilitate critical reading and critical thinking by providing an individual with the chance to find an interesting question to ask about a subject, approaches to analyze the findings and summarizing explanations. An effective theory equips an individual with practical information that answer emerging questions from a reading. Theory possesses different toolkits that facilitate the critical reading of literature and analysis of information and data presented by an author. Through theory, a reader can gain an in-depth understanding of the subject.

From the lecture, I was able to understand that not all theories are applicable in every setting; thus, the concept of critical thinking is imperative to ensure that one applies each theory appropriately. Theoretical toolkits assist an individual in evaluating information and review the explanations provided regarding a subject. Some of the toolkits to consider when assessing information include the underlying assumptions, opinions, judgment, questions, metaphors, fallacies and explanations provided. These tools can b appropriately used during active and critical reading. Therefore, for an individual to understand the purpose of a theory they should be able to apply these tools when assessing how various theories are applicable in different settings.

The course enabled me to understand the purpose of each theoretical toolkit in reading and evaluating subjects. Lecture three builds upon the concepts of critical reading that I learnt in lecture two; hence, advancing my approach when disseminating literature. For instance, the knowledge gained in Lecture three allowed me to identify how I can use the specific theoretical tool in understanding an author’s viewpoint and comparing them with my judgment on the subject.  Consequently, by selecting a particular tool, I can make a philosophical assumption that is aligned by a non-biased opinion. Using theories in evaluating a literature text contributes towards achieving an explicit understanding of the subject and the author’s implicit explanations; since the theory act as conceptual and analytical tools that facilitate literature evaluation.

The theory facilitates a systematic assessment of arguments presented concerning a subject, which enables one in disseminating the complex phenomena used to support the claims made. Effective theories are supported by experiments that demonstrate their practicability, which creates a framework that facilitates data and information analysis. For example, when assessing the claims and conclusions made by a researcher or author, I can identify the experiments they have conducted which support their arguments and use this as an analytical tool. This approach has been productive during the critical reading of literature as I am able to approach a subject with an open mind and willing to agree or disagree with their opinions objectively.  Theories are mandatory during literature analysis as they provide a foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the concepts outlined in a reading.