Publication Details

Froggatt, T. J. & Bibby, N. J. (2007). An application of a psychometric personality type inventory to improve team development and performance. Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-14). Sydney, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.


The issue of individual type preferences and how they relate to learning and human resource management are explored. Team learning, knowledge transfer, characteristics of leadership and trust and trusting in the context of team development and performance, are analyzed through the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. The research is conducted with a semi professional Australian Rules football team. The team consists of a culturally diverse group. Predominantly, Australian men between the ages of 18 and 35 years. The men are university educated, trades professionals or blue collar workers, who volunteered to complete the Myers Briggs Type Indicator with the expectation of enhancing team functioning and performance. The authors’ experiences of sports coaching and the use of psychological type theory are described when applied at a pre season training camp. Critical team performance factors are compared and contrasted with individual personality type preferences over a period of several weeks. The implications, for more extensive use of type theory in sporting team development, is discussed in the context of team learning, knowledge transfer, trust and trusting and leadership.