INFJ Personality Type and Innovation
Your Myers-Briggs® Test (MBTI®) assessment type has its own way of approaching innovation, with specific pros and cons to your process. This week, learn how Introverted Intuition and Extraverted Feeling MBTI Types best come up with new ideas, and how they can hone their skills and become better at innovating.
Innovation can be defined as “the implementation of ideas” (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP). Even if part of the innovation process is just brainstorming, getting closer toward the physical execution of your ideas counts as innovation—especially in the case of the INFJ Personality Type.
Personality Traits of the INFJ
MBTI® Test INFJ Personality Types are caring, perceptive, and optimistic, using their skills and abilities to better others in some way. They formulate their thoughts around trying to find the correct solution for something, rather than putting forward various poorly thought out ideas. They truly enjoy helping others in the long run, and the ideas and solutions they bring to the table reflect that. Usually, if they are working on something that they don’t feel betters others, they may become lackluster about the task (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
INFJ Personality Types work mostly in the Decide phase of the Innovation Process, using their brainpower to find the right direction to continue innovating in. They actively look for new questions to find answers to, using originality to do so. Once they have a problem that needs solving, they fully pledge themselves to finding a workable solution (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Practical Problem Solvers
One particular strength of the INFJ Personality Type is their innate capability to find old answers to solve new problems. They focus themselves on fully discerning whatever needs to be fixed before they begin their idea generation (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Occasionally, Myers-Briggs Test INFJ Types find it easiest to work alone, which can cause others to think that the INFJ is separating him or herself from a team or group of innovators. This could do with an INFJ Personality Types inability to accept early criticism or their unfulfilled need for support and acknowledgement. They thrive in compassionate surroundings, where other members of their team (or their peers) are like-minded and appreciate their work process and ethic (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Problem Areas for INFJ’s
INFJ Personality Types may also have trouble with time management, believing that there isn’t enough time to complete and fulfill what is asked of them. Because they think mostly in term of ideas and concepts, they may not allocate enough time for specific processes. This can be corrected by an overarching leader taking control of the process and encouraging those around them (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
To best play off of their strengths—creativity, cooperation, etc.—MBTI INFJ Types should help others realize how they go about producing ideas and solutions, so that their peers can allow the INFJ space they need to complete their independent portion of the innovative process. Similarly, it behooves those with the INFJ Personality Type to keep an open mind about the innovative process of others, allowing them to go about their own way and understanding- an approach you may indeed disagree with (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Ultimately, those with the INFJ Personality Type have the potential to be great innovators—they simply need to make themselves understood so that they are not working against the grain of those around them.
Introduction to Type and Innovation. (Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, 2009, CPP Inc.)
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