Each year millions of copies of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) are administered by counselors, coaches, and consultants yet some experts in the field of psychometrics are not impressed by the reliability and validity of the instrument. Still others feel that its role in executive coaching is very limited (see Wagner 2003, Using the MBTI as a tool for leadership development? Use with caution).
There are a number of other common tools used in coaching that are nearly as popular as the MBTI:
Although these tools can offer insight and information that might be useful in coaching, I’d first like to emphasize that these are simply one piece of the assessment puzzle and although all have been tested, none are completely valid and reliable in all situations
There are many other assessment tools than can be used to gain useful information when the need arises. Here are some often overlooked instruments to consider adding to your coaching toolbox that have been proven valid and reliable:
- LMX: Leader Member Exchange explores the relationship between a manager and subordinates
- Big 5 Personality Test measures five broad areas of personality
- Quality of Work Life scale measures several factors that contribute to well-being at work
What are your thoughts about the MBTI and other tools? Can you locate a link to an additional instrument or tool that might be used in Organization Development at the individual, team, or organization-wide level?