HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Myers-Briggs Psychological Type and Change Style for Hospital Executives

Document Type

Article

Date

7-16-2010

Publication Title

Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture

ISSN or ISBN

2041-8418

Volume

1

Issue

2

First Page

6

Last Page

28

Description

This research explored psychological type and change style for hospital executives and the implications for leading organizational change using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Form Q and the Change Style Indicator. As societal demands increase for hospitals to transform, it becomes vital for executives to understand their own needs, responses, and strengths during organizational change and those of their followers. Forty-five hospital executives participated in this study. The descriptive statistics for psychological type MBTI were ISTJ (20%), followed by ENTP (17.8%) and ISFJ (13.3%). The most frequently reported CSI style was Originator (40.7%), followed by Conserver (31.2%) and Pragmatist (28.9%). Results indicated that ENTP type was overrepresented at a statistically significant level of .001 in comparison to the CPP Healthcare Sample (2006) and the CAPT Healthcare Administrator Sample (1986). CSI styles were not overrepresented at a statistically significant level. There were statistically significant associations between MBTI type and CSI Originator style, MBTI preferences and the CSI Originator style, specific MBTI preferences, and the CSI Conserver style. MBTI and CSI tools help hospital executives understand and manage the effect of their psychological type and change style when leading organizational change. The study provides baseline information for a more informed and flexible approach to organizational change using psychological type in conjunction with change style.

DOI

10.1002/jpoc.20020

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