With any group of people (coworkers, friends, sports teams, and even family), understanding the differences in each individual’s personality type enables the team leader to accurately assign duties and workstations and create a positive work culture. Luckily for bosses worldwide, Myers-Briggs created a survey that narrowed down 16 specific types, along with their strengths and weaknesses. For this blog, we will focus on ENFP: Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.

This personality is somewhat common making up eight percent of the general population, 10 percent of women and eight percent of men. It is the fifth most common personality type for women. ENFP personality types are energetic, friendly, creative and possess strong communication skills. ENFP’s work best in a relaxed and friendly office space, and thrive in positions that offer variety and creative problem-solving. Their strongest talent is their people skills, as their ability to network and communicate with various audiences makes them a great team member and a strong, democratic leader.

ENFPs as subordinates. These freethinkers thrive when given the authority to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. With the inept ability to listen and understand, this personality type has no difficulties listening and completing all necessary assignments. ENFPs are growth-oriented, and with the right management, these subordinates are devoted and loyal members of any team.

ENFPs as co-workers. Because of their inherent ability to easily understand and communicate with others, this personality type is warm and optimistic co-workers, often working to brainstorm and compromise to find the win-win for everyone. ENFP’s can often find themselves in a natural leadership position as their popularity and communication skills help them pair their colleague’s strengths and goals with the fitting responsibilities and tasks.

ENFPs as managers. As the people-centered personality types that they are, ENFPs take a democratic role when in a position of authority, listening to the wants and needs of their subordinates to create a happy, productive work environment. Though their established friendships with subordinates help to motivate and inspire their team, it can create a challenge for the ENFP when it comes time for reprimanding. Despite the difficulties, the ENFP’s communication skills allow them to adapt and overcome for the best of the team.

ENFP career facts:

  • Tend to earn more when self-employed: $60k vs. $48k in a standard job
  • Report above average job satisfaction, but below average income
  • Commonly found careers in counseling, teaching, religion, and the arts.
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