Effect of Dominant Personality Traits on Team Roles

The purpose of the paper being reviewed is to analyze the dominant personality and corresponding team role of individual employees and determine if there is any correlation. It further investigates the impact of the findings in a workplace setting. The study’s objective is to aim in determining the impact of personality type on team-role performance along with the influence of diversity on team-roles. It also aims to expand the knowledge and influence of individual personalities and employee behavior in the workplace in order to enhance value creation. We collected Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI personality tests and Belbin team roles result from 119 participants from Egypt, India, Lebanon and Philippines working in the Food and beverage industry of Kuwait. Based on the test results the participants were divided on the basis of their ethnicity, having one personality among 16 personalities and team-work role played. The ethnicity, personality type and team-work role played were measured in terms of the frequency. Hypothesis was tested to determine the relationship among the variables of the study and cross-tabulation was done amongst personality and team-work roles to determine the association between them. The test results indicated that there is a significant relationship between the ethnicity and personality type; however, personality type and ethnicity do not impact the team role. Furthermore, it was observed that those with outcomes of ENFP (Extravert, Intuitive, Feeler, Perceiver) personality types were complete finishers, coordinators and monitor evaluators in a team. ESTP (Extravert, Sensor, Thinker, and Perceiver) personality types were implementers, team-workers and specialists. While the ISTP (Introvert, Sensor, Thinker, and Perceiver) types played the role of plant, investigator or specialist, the ISTJ (Introvert, Sensor, Thinker, Judger) types were observed to be shapers.


Randa Diab-Bahman

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