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Collaborative decision making: Empowering nurse leaders

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This article reviewed the importance of decision-making skills in professional settings such as hospitals, clinics, or urgent care. Different personality types influence decision-making processes. The article emphasized the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool for recognizing different personality types to develop a collaborative decision-making scheme in different aspects of a hospital.

The study employed a leadership training survey to assess the participants' collaborative decision-making skills before and after the MBTI educational sessions. The sessions included discussions, group activities, and exploring personality types and their influence on decision-making. The participants' self-reported improvement in nursing leadership constructs and decision evaluation was measured.

The results showed that the participants reported improvement in various nursing leadership constructs, including trust, collaboration, communication, and decision process expediency. The study also revealed that understanding personality types enhanced self-awareness informed decision-making, and improved cooperation between healthcare disciplines.

The article focused on the importance of understanding different personality types and their influence on healthcare workers’ decision-making abilities. It suggests incorporating the MBTI model to achieve improved collaborative decision-making abilities and safer patient outcomes.


(MBTI) proved to be an efficient tool for providing insight on unique individual decision-making abilities. Pairing personality types with the correct situation can boost collaboration, teamwork development, and problem-solving.

The article highlights the foundational concepts of the MBTI, such as extroversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving, which play a significant role in decision-making processes.


MBTI counts on participant self-reporting, which makes the results that it generates biased and possibly unreliable as people may not be as honest with themselves. There is the possibility that participants may lie or intentionally choose the most attractive answer.

The MBTI's forced-choice-question format oversimplifies the complexity of human personality and decision-making. Too black and white. It labels humans as one category or another, not dynamic, unique individuals composed of many elements.

I think decision-making processes in healthcare are much more complex than what is first perceived. I think empowering nurse leaders requires a holistic approach to understanding the rationale for using evidence-based practices, critical thinking, and ethical considerations in unique healthcare situations. Relying solely on personality types may oversimplify the decision-making process.

MBTI is misleading. Instead, healthcare institutions need to focus on creating well-rounded decision-making abilities that are based on sound reasoning, evidence, and ethics. This approach is clearly trying to oversimplify something that is so much more complex and sensitive.

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