An interesting piece in this month’s Architect magazine about architects’ personalities. After giving 100 architects Myers-Briggs tests, business consultant Robert Gaarder discovered that many scored ENTJ, which stands for Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, and Judging. That combination, said Gaarder, only shows up in about 2 percent of the normal population.
So what does this mean? According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation, it means that architects are “Frank, decisive, and assume leadership readily.” Gaarder elaborates: “They are these grand-scale organizers; they think in terms of systems.” The bad news, says Gaarder, is these personalities “aren’t good at managing details, at follow through.” Sound familiar? Another drawback: “A go-it-alone attitude—a lack of empathy and impatience with teamwork.”