The best way to lead a team is to know the team. With the proper knowledge, employers can properly delegate tasks, be mindful of employee burn-outs, and know how to best communicate with their employee. For this blog, we will focus on the personality type INTP (Introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving) and they fit into the dynamic of the workforce.

INTPs are the fourth rarest type of personality, especially for women. They make up 3% of the population: 5% of men and 2% of women. Famous INTPs include Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Socrates. Based on that list of names, it isn’t hard to narrow in on the characteristics of this personality type: quiet, reserved, analytical, objective, and thoughtful. INTPs are experts at thinking “outside the box” and enjoy using logic, reason, and data when making choices or looking for solutions.

Logicians, as they are called, revel in intellectual stimulation and solitude; if there was one sentence that summed up the INTP personality in the workplace, it would be the one prior. Above all else, in positions from subordinate to manager, the ability to work alone on challenging tasks is of utmost importance when it comes time for an INTP to join a company.

In the workplace, INTPs thrive in a flexible, non-traditional office that allows for ingenuity and innovation. While they prefer working alone, it is often best to pair them with another person or small team. Because of the INTP’s ability to see the full picture, they often leave the details to be determined another day; pairing them with the appropriate co-worker or team allows for the INTP to contemplate new, creative solutions while also ensuring the implementation of the solutions.

INTPs as subordinates. When offered space and the ability to try things in their own way, INTPs will thrive. Due to their disdain for rules and conformity, this personality type can often bump heads with superiors. However, when granted the freedom of innovation and placed on a small team, INTPs prove their value to the organization and their innate ability to be original and productive.

INTPs as coworkers. It is no secret that this personality type isn’t the biggest fan of teamwork and conversations, although this is less affecting when they are placed on a team that they perceive to be intelligent, competent, and logical.

INTPs as managers. Because of their preferred work environment, INTPs are quick to allow freedom to their employees to work as they wish; however, they have high expectations. The INTP expects subordinates to quickly grasp ideas and return results that are equal in measure to their output.

INTP career facts:

  • Less likely than average to be a stay-at-home parent.
  • More likely than average to be self-employed.
  • Female INTP’s earn about 88% of what the male counterparts salary; one of the smallest gender wage gap.