Eagle Communications - Leadership For The Future


Leadership Research & MBTI

Note: CEO statistics may vary from other researchers. The cited statistics come from William Q. Judge, PhD (1999) The Leader's Shadow: Exploring and Developing Executive Character.

SF Types: The Friendly Doers

  • SFs constitute 31% of American Adults, but only about 10% of CEOs.
  • Are practical, sensible, and like using concrete ways of being.
  • Are very people-oriented, warm and friendly.
  • Use 5 senses: little interest in abstract principles or theories.
  • Few SFs are CEOs; theorizing and abstraction do not come easily to SFs.
  • SF is the most common personality type for women.

ST Types: The Practical Thinkers

  • STs constitute 37% of American Adults and 23% of CEOs.
  • Use 5 senses: collecting data and processing it.
  • Primary focus on facts (collected and verified through 5 senses; concrete thinkers).
  • ST decision making is often through impersonal analysis.
  • STs prefer the logical process of thinking through a step-by-step process.
  • Loyal and dutiful people; work well within structured organizations (bureaucracies).
  • Preoccupied with Cause and Effect thinking.
  • Pays attention to detail. Very goal and task-oriented. Seen as Straightforward.
  • Intellectually active while emotionally passive (tough minded decision-makers).

NF Types: The Imaginative Developers

  • NFs constitute only 16% of American Adults (least common type in America), as well as 16% of CEOs.
  • NFs look at the world and intuitively see complex possibilities.
  • Focus on people and relationships, as well as connections and meaning in everything.
  • Idealists: they work to make the world a better place. Complex analyzers.
  • Excellent at innovating and directing their energy toward others to get things achieved.
  • Very intuitive (perceptive) about people and the world.
  • Value harmony and goodwill. Details & Practical Action may not be their strong suit.
  • Struggle with balance between professional and personal worlds.
  • Act based on deeply held principles that guide their interactions and decisions (actions).
  • Find rules and regulations constricting.
  • Value relationships based on depth, authenticity, true connection, and mutual growth.

NT Types: The Logical Theorists

  • NTs constitute 16% of American Adults and 51% of CEOs (most common type of CEO).
  • Gravitate toward rapid growth companies. Forté is abstraction and long-term forecasting.
  • Broader view of the world (intuition) while dealing with issues objectively (thinking).
  • Continually searching for underlying principles and logical structures.
  • Value intelligence and competence.
  • See inconsistencies and lack of logic quickly.
  • Tolerant of a wide range of behaviors, until their principles get stepped on.
  • Strong visions of what the company can become.
  • Like to conceptualize insights and use these insights to relate one experience to another.
  • Can come across as brash and blunt.
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