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MBTI: Personality types in legal jobs

January 25, 2022 0 Comments

Have you ever considered the MBTI personality type that might be more successful than others when it comes to legal jobs?

As individuals who come with a multitude of personality types and characteristics we like to think of as unique, it stands to reason that some personalities and the characteristics that come with them might be suited for certain professions over others. Those who work in legal jobs are no exception.

When it comes to recruitment, recognizing personalities as part of the employment process can be advantageous when trying to find the best fit for a role and firm.

Like our Personality Types in Healthcare Jobs blog pointed out, one of the more tried-and-true measures for mapping employee personalities and also one of the most commonly known is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

What is MBTI?

MBTI has been around for over 70 years and according to CPI, the MBTI publisher, is hugely popular, with over 88 of the Fortune 500 companies in over 115 countries utilising it. First used during WWII to ascertain where women, as they were pulled for the first time into employment to fill gaps with the men at war, were best suited, MBTI was expanded over time until it was officially published in 1962.

MBTI grades personalities by comparing two tendencies of the following groupings:

I)ntroverted vs (E)xtroverted
“I” or “E” based on how you interact with others.

(S)ensing vs (I)ntuition
“S” or “I” depending on how you gather and process information. 

(T)hinking vs (F)eeling
“T” or “F” depending on your decision making (More “T” when driven by logic, “F” if guided by emotions)

(J)udging vs (P)erceiving
“J” when moved to act by carefully considered decisions, “P” because you are more adaptable to circumstance or subject to whim.

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Once the MBTI analysis is done around these groupings, an individual can fall into one of 16 personality types:

  1. INTJ – the Architect
  2. INTP – the Logician
  3. ENTJ – the Commander
  4. ENTP – the Debater
  5. INFJ – the Advocate
  6. INFP – the Mediator
  7. ENFJ – the Protagonist
  8. ENFP – the Campaigner
  9. ISTJ – the Logistician
  10. ISFJ – the Defender
  11. ESTJ – the Executive
  12. ESFJ – the Consul
  13. ISTP – the Virtuoso
  14. ISFP – the Adventurer
  15. ESTP – the Entrepreneur
  16. ESFP – the Entertainer

(You can do a quick, free MBTI test here– but this is just for fun and should not be taken to be as reliable as a full MBTI test!)

MBTI and legal jobs

When thinking of MBTI for legal jobs, you might logically think the best candidates fall under certain MBTI personality categories due to the base characteristics you assume legal professionals need.

Generally, this is not an unreasonable assumption, however, different roles across the legal sector also come with different responsibilities and tasks, therefore requiring different skill sets and characteristics.

Here are some common legal jobs and the MBTI types you might find gravitating towards them.

Lawyers

As the backbone of the legal profession, lawyers often take on the characteristics of an ISTJ or INTJ. This comes from a lawyer’s need to use their critical and analytical skills when representing clients, meaning a highly inquisitive research-focused mind that relies on logical decision-making while wading through tasks in an organised way is imperative. No surprises that the concept of ‘order’ also lays at the heart of both of these MBTI types.

Paralegals

Given ESTJs hold tradition and order in high value, they often make great paralegals. With their strong dedication to themselves and those they work with, ESTJs also often present as very practical decision-makers on the lookout for more efficient ways to get the job done, while enjoying the challenge of bringing others together to achieve a common goal.

Mediators

Great mediators are likely to fit under the ENFJ (sometimes called “the Giver”) MBTI type due to their natural charisma and empathetic leadership qualities. Highly intuitive around the needs of others, ENFJs are all about harmoniously bringing people together, key qualities in a top-notch mediator.

Judges

Known as “the Commander”, ENTJs are natural leaders renowned for their honest ability to make a quick decision, which is why judges might well fall into this MBTI type. As problem solvers and those who value clear goal-setting, ENTJs also often have inbuilt charisma, which like other roles in the legal profession, help bring together a group to achieve a common goal in the courtroom.

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