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

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ISFJ Personality Type and Project Management

Each Myers-Briggs® Test Personality Type approaches projects differently, whether it be the role they feel most comfortable in, the type of project they excel at most, or how they best work with other members in their group. Educating yourself on how your MBTI Type works best when it comes to projects can make you more efficient and effective, allowing you to achieve your project team’s goals more successfully. This week, discover how projects with Introverted Sensing and Extraverted Feeling (ISFJ) types work best on projects.

Often times, the goal of an ISFJ Personality Type project team is to effectively create a product or procedure that helps consumers achieve a certain goal or satisfy a specific need. They often work together to create an organized and procedural set of steps to accomplish their task. ISFJ project team types are usually:

  • focused on delivering their project on time, completing their consumers’ (or stakeholders’) needs to the greatest extent possible
  • very good at supervising finances, progress, and the duties of its members even at a minute level
  • organized in a way that allocates specific duties to specific individuals, with clearly defined roles often in a hierarchy of sorts
  • aware of how their stakeholders feel about their progress, including their worries and issues, making sure that they are on the right track both for the customer and for those who have something to lose or gain from the project
  • friendly and welcoming, offering praise and support for the other members of their group.
  • aware of their audiences for each project, making concessions for specific consumers with different needs

(Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Occasionally, the ISFJ Personality Type can overlook conflicts and problems because of their lack of attention when potential problem-signs arise. They often choose not to discuss problems that have nothing to do with the project’s result, which can breed ill feelings and harbor anger. The ISFJ Type may also have too much of a close-minded mentality to see bigger picture ideas that could have made their project more successful. Contrary to that, though, occasionally ISFJ Types are too focused on serving a larger audience that they can’t possibly make everyone happy. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

To counteract some of these, the ISFJ Personality Type should not limit themselves to only a certain type of project and look more toward a larger area of growth and potential. ISFJ Types should also take special care to search for patterns in their project that may go overlooked because of their detail-oriented brains. To diminish the avoidance of conflict, it behooves the ISFJ Type to develop a fair assessment tool that can help create unbiased opinions throughout the team members, whether concerning the consumer or stakeholder (Tucker, 2008, CPP).

By opening their minds to new possibilities and by attacking conflict head-on, the ISFJ Personality Type can make the most of their projects.


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

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