Each Myers-Briggs Test personality type has its own way of approaching, looking at, and completing projects. This week, we’ll learn how Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Feeling (ESFP) types take on projects, and what they could do to make sure they stay on track.
For starters, we’ll define a project as “a temporary endeavor, under taken to create a unique product or service,” with “a definite beginning and a definite end.” (Tucker, 2008, CPP) This specified definition will allow ESFP types to apply their project management style to specific components of the project, whether that be what role they play, what project areas are best for them, and what stages of the project they perform best in.
Myers-Briggs ESFP personality types thoroughly enjoy working on projects, mostly when they involve working in group settings. They enjoy the jovial nature of brainstorming and collaborating with others, and like to see results of these collaborations occur fairly promptly. Because of their energetic natures and social skills, they like to have a very interactive role in the project. They take the time to assess their peers’ strengths and weaknesses, and organize their project team into roles and duties so that they can reach their goals efficiently. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)
ESFP types, because of their love for relationships and collaboration, really like to get others involved in their project as well, asking for opinions and attempting to meet multiple expectations at once. Because of their inherent need to please others and the laid-back atmosphere of their project management style, MBTI ESFP types may occasionally have trouble with acting as authority figures, asking tough questions, disciplining others, or having other difficult talks about the good of the project vs. the relationships between the ESFP types and their group members. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)
As for the project itself, ESFP types are very action-oriented, looking for the quickest, most feasible solution to a problem and then implementing that solution as quickly as possible. They take information and new developments as they come, and integrate this new knowledge into their plans for a solution. Unfortunately, this runs the risk of creating multiple tangents that the project team could get lost on, stalling progress and causing resources to be used where they shouldn’t be. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)
To combat these shortcomings, it behooves MBTI ESFP personality types to make a note of these new paths that could emerge in their project’s development, as well as taking a step back every once in a while to view the project as a whole. This will help them assess the project’s schedule, important checkpoints, and remaining work. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)
By learning about how their Myers-Briggs Test type interacts with others and occasionally fails to see the bigger picture in projects, ESFP types can learn to check on their progress at various stages of the project and understand that although relationships are an important part of their lives, there is a time and a place to make them a priority. By keeping these things in mind, ESFP types can continue to conduct successful projects more effectively and efficiently. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)
Introduction to Type and Project Management. (Jennifer Tucker, 2008, CPP Inc.)
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