Leadership Out of the Box

Expert Peer Review

Description:

The module provides a means of learning about your own Myers Briggs type, how it relates to various dimensions of leadership, and its effect in teams and organizations. The module has five steps: 1) taking the on-line Myers-Briggs assessment, 2) identifying and learning about your archetype; 3) analyzing whether your archetype is a monophonic (or polyphonic) leader; 4) positioning your archetype among the 8 leader types; 5) clarifying the relationship between Myers Briggs type and team roles, this includes implications for improving relationships on diverse teams.

The module could make for interesting and enjoyable exercises in any course (i.e., management) where student teams are used in class pedagogy.

Learning Goals:

The learning goal is to identify your personal orientation toward leadership and how your orientation has an impact on teams and organizations. It also is focused on clarifying how teams need different types of people with different personality/leadership orientations.

Target Student Population:

The target student population is undergraduate or graduate levels, and perhaps even teams on-the-job.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

Prerequisite knowledge required for this module includes Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Management and familiarity with Star Wars and Star Trek.

Type of Material:

This module is a self-assessment, resource, and tutorial and in-class exercises.

Technical Requirements:

The technical requirement for using this material is access to the web (internet browser).

QUALITY OF CONTENT (5 Stars)

Feature of Excellence:

This is "self-contained" site provides a 5-step assignment, which combines self-assessment with education on Jungian archetypes, personality types, leadership, and team roles. It contains many visuals that summarize M-B types and relate them to other models, including many illustrative and graphic examples of famous people.

The author presents an interesting perspective on "diversity"-how some M-B archetypes are natural "opposites" that can "drive each other crazy," but with effort, can actually result in a more productive team.

The site includes objective "Problems with M-B" that could be a good catalyst for discussion.

Feature(s) of Concern:

The author uses Star Trek and Star Wars characters to illustrate archetypes and team sin "action". These can be over one’s head (pardon the pun) if he or she is unfamiliar with them. This module contains a lot of material but the built-in assignment could be posted separately, as it easy to get lost in the various sections of the module.

 

USABILITY (4 Stars)

Feature of Excellence:

The instructions to this site are thorough and the many visuals and models are good links for more explanation. What is very appealing about this module is how everything is integrated and self-contained: the on-line Myers Briggs test, the scoring explanation, the educational and conceptual materials, and the colorful graphics.

Feature(s) of Concern:

One could get "lost" after about step 2. It may help to have a summary of steps in a side bar. It may also help to have a better description about the objectives and sequence of the exercise upfront-an "advance organizer" of sorts. Not every archetype in Table 4 is linked to narratives-I had to hunt beyond my type’s "row" to find links. The instructions could also use a graphic, or include a "Where You Are Now" hyperlink.

 

POTENTIAL EFFECTIVENESS AS A TEACHING TOOL (5 stars)

Feature(s) of Excellence:

The learning objectives are fairly clear in this module; however, they could be made more explicit. The organization of the module builds on prior concepts, and also illustrates their interrelationships. There is an assignment already contained in the module, but it can easily be changed, modified or adapted for other class purposes. The exercise between table 5 and 6 was also excellent.

Feature(s) of Concern:

No major concerns