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The Best Personality Types for B-School

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Business school isn’t for everyone. Those who identify as left-brains and B-types, who are creative to a fault, likely won’t thrive in the rigid structure and stark logic of economics and finance. Even marketing majors — who are typically seen as the creatives of the b-school bunch — must be analytical and organized with a specific skill set.

Business school isn’t for everyone. Those who identify as left-brains and B-types, who are creative to a fault, likely won’t thrive in the rigid structure and stark logic of economics and finance.

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If you are wondering whether you would excel in the business school environment, you might consider taking the Myers-Briggs personality test and looking for your type on this list:

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INTP — Logicians

One of the rarest personality types, logicians are defined by their unrelenting logic and precision. Members of this type are known for having a thirst for knowledge that is tempered by perfectionism; they can hardly avoid finding patterns in data and developing efficient solutions to recurring problems. Logicians are reliable, practical and motivated — which is why they make excellent B-school students and business leaders. However, members of this personality type might want to research defining features of B-school programs before they apply; aspects like MBA cost and structure will affect them greatly. Because logicians function better under their own direction, schools and organizations that focus on independent learning and autonomy are ideal.

ISTJ — Logisticians

Conversely, logisticians are considered one of the most plentiful personality types. Like logicians, logisticians rely heavily on facts and logic, but they are also known for their integrity; logisticians tend to be honest and loyal nearly to a fault. Oftentimes, ISTJs will remain in a less-than-ideal work situation for the sake of fidelity and stability. Because logisticians place great emphasis on their reputation — taking pride in their work — it is important that members of this personality type enroll in a smaller, more prestigious B-school program. When class sizes are limited, logisticians have more time to forge meaningful connections with professors and peers, and they have more space to demonstrate their strengths of logic and fidelity.

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ENTJ — Commanders

This personality type is comprised of natural-born leaders. Commanders are charismatic and confident, but more importantly, they project authority and compel others to follow their lead. Commanders find joy in overcoming challenges and achieving goals, which is obviously beneficial in a business environment. Though emotional expression can be a weakness of ENTJs, they nonetheless excel at analyzing information and developing strategies to efficiently tackle any obstacle. MBA and B-school programs that emphasize leadership are ideal for commanders, who have natural talent in this realm already.

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ESTJ — Executives

Executives are also leaders, but they vary from commanders in their focus and their drive. ENTJs might be ruthless leaders, but ESTJs are more compassionate in how they guide teams to success. Executives tend to place greater emphasis on the security of their communities, which means they never work alone. While they are strong believers in tradition and rules, they also want their teams to have high morale and happiness — which can be difficult goals to balance. It is wise for executives to pursue more conventional business structures, which means they might do best in traditional, on-campus business schools with predictable environments.

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ESTP — Entrepreneurs

With a label like “entrepreneurs,” it’s obvious that members of this personality type are destined for careers in business. Entrepreneurs are described as having an immediate and clear impact on their surroundings; they are energetic, social, original and flexible. Though entrepreneurs aren’t as deeply devoted to logic and practicality as other personality types on this list, they do consider their options before acting — most of the time. Often, ESTPs are drawn to risky lifestyles because risks provide an outlet for their energy and enthusiasm. It should go without saying that members of this personality type should seek out B-school programs that focus on entrepreneurship.

If you are considering applying to business school to earn an advanced degree, you probably should. The truth is that personality types aren’t set in stone; most people fall somewhere in the middle of all skill ranges, meaning even if you are an introvert, you probably don’t lack all social graces. Undoubtedly, certain business career paths allow certain personalities to flourish, but that doesn’t mean your atypical attitude won’t also find success.

Regardless of whether you are a thinker or a feeler, an introvert or an extrovert or any of the other Myers-Briggs personality indicators, if you have a passion for business, you belong in B-school.

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