Follow the Leader: A Team Approach to MBTI

Angela Farmer



“Nature” or” nurture”,” instinct” or “learned behavior”,” lead” or “follow”, these are some of the debates regarding the nature of behavior. In the children’s game of Follow the Leader, participants have to do what the leader says or does until such time as a new leader arises. Then, the new leader takes the helm. Similar innate behaviors are witnessed among flocks of birds, schools of fish, and troops of soldiers.


In collegiate athletics, with groups of students these behaviors are also evident. The most successful teams appear to operate as one unit. This study examines how a leader, (in this case a collegiate coach’s Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)) impacts variability in the selection of staff, coaches and players on the team in a Southeastern Conference university from that of a normal sample population.


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