The Myers-Briggs® Test ISFP Personality Type and Project Management

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ISFP Personality Types and Project Management

Depending on your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality type, you may t certain parts of a project or in certain roles. This week, we’ll explore how the Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Sensing Myers-Briggs Test types work in project situations.

A project can be defined as , “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service,” with “a definite beginning and a definite end” (Tucker, 2008, CPP). ISFP personality types often view projects as a way of developing a specific product to make their purchaser’s life easier. They are adept at completing what is assigned of them, usually on their own.

ISFP personality types prefer to do the majority of their work independently, believing that their problem-solving abilities will lead them to quick and effective answers. When given a certain amount of liberty to work at their own pace and on their own terms, ISFP types are even better at fulfilling their tasks. They focus at the job at hand, working to make those invested in the project happy by delivering speedy and frugal results. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Myers-Briggs ISFP types have quick, logical minds and are able to find swift solutions to problems, helping projects carry on quickly. They can see where others’ strengths and requirements lie, tailoring their project experience to utilize the best of everyone’s abilities. They are also proficient at working in well-defined steps, allowing others to fulfill their roles and then acting upon their results to continue the project process. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Because they enjoy working independently and finding solutions on their own, ISFP types also believe that their peers and group members will work best when fulfilling their own individual tasks, but they are still very encouraging to those in their project groups. Usually, their interactions with these members of their group are intermittent and irregular, only speaking about absolute necessary project issues. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Occasionally, an ISFP types independent nature can be detrimental to their progress or project-completion abilities. A lack of communication in their project group can lead to small tasks falling through the cracks. One other potential downfall can be an ISFP types need for approval, meaning that they work to please others without necessarily seeing everything that is happening in their group. An ISFP personality types desire to avoid conflict can also cause certain needs or necessary issues to continue unresolved, causing a halt in productivity or simply an inability to complete a project. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

To better their project management and project completion skills, Myers-Briggs Test ISFP types should really work on their communication skills, keeping channels open between those who are working on the project with them and those who are invested in their work. It also would help ISFP types to view the project as a whole instead of concentrating on each person’s individual tasks, which can create a narrow-minded focus for the project as a whole. By keeping their vision open to all aspects of the project and by making sure that everyone is on the same page, ISFP types will excel even further at completing projects. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

References

Introduction to Type and Project Management. (Jennifer Tucker, 2008, CPP Inc.)

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