According to the theory behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, people fall into one of 16 personality type categories, which are based on natural preferences for how people are energized, acquire information, make decisions, and organize their world. Considering the diverse perspectives of all 16 personality types, it’s surprising that the vast majority of business leadership in the United States comes from a very small segment.

CPP’s research division has found that people who prefer Thinking (T) and Judging (J) represent about 24 percent of the United States population, but they hold 50 percent of the leadership positions in American organizations and up to 70 percent of the leadership positions worldwide. It might be tempting to assume that this imbalance is because Thinking/Judging (TJ) types make better leaders. However, it is more likely the result of institutional and cultural bias rather than individual potential.

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