The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a useful tool for anyone to use at work, home, school, or anywhere else they interact with others. Although the test is not perfect, it does allow us to make sense of our habits and patterns, which helps us understand others. Today, I’m going to break down another personality type that you will commonly see in the workplace: ISFJ.

What does it stand for?

ISFJ are the Introverted counterpart of the ESFJ, so many of their traits are similar.

  • Introversion means getting energy from being alone. When in a group, Introverts can be outgoing, but they will soon lose energy. They prefer one-on-one interactions that are far spaced apart.
  • Sensing means taking in concrete information. Concrete information is anything you can physically sense.
  • Feeling means processing information through a value system. Feelers will compare information against what they believe is right.
  • Judging means being organized, traditional, and able to follow processes. Judgers do not adapt well to change.

What is this type like?

ISFJs are one type that defies most expectations. They can be outgoing, flexible, and able to think analytically. ISFJs like to focus on causes that mean something to them. They are a dependable type, but few people recognize just how much ISFJs give.

How do they work?

ISFJs do best when they are collaborating on work that is meaningful to them. You might see ISFJs planning social events around the office when they are done with their work. ISFJs are not always quick to get started, but they will always finish by the due date.

How should you manage them?

Just like ESFJs, ISFJs are often underutilized and undervalued. As a manager, you should be able to see their potential and capitalize on it. At the same time, make sure to give positive affirmations to your ISFJ employees, as they will leave if they feel unappreciated. Consider pairing ISFJs with some complementary types for group projects, but make sure they have a significant and noticeable role to play.

At nearly 13% of the population, there’s a good chance your office contains more than one ISFJ. This is a great thing, as they are hard workers and will stay loyal to the company and invested in its success.