The way in which we approach innovation is often tied to the qualities and tendencies of our Myers-Briggs® (MBTI® Test) personality type. Depending on your MBTI Personality Type, you may succeed in a specific area of innovation or with a specific type of innovation. This week, we’ll learn how Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition (ENFJ) Types best innovate.
For clarification’s sake, we’ll consider innovation to be “the implementation of ideas,” involving all stages of the innovative process, including idea generation, implementation, and organization (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP). ENFJ Personality Types, for example, thrive best in the decision-making stage of innovation, finding enjoyment in finding an outcome that genuinely aids other people and enacts noticeable change, and they work hard to pick a path that will obtain them such results. Tbey are not only committed to their decisions and ideas, but are also committed to the full innovation process, working to make sure that their idea successfully comes to fruition (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Myers-Briggs® ENFJ Types are very persuasive and motivational, working with others and encouraging them to see the innovation in the same way as themselves. They take ideas and make something out of them, searching for results rather than conjecture. They enjoy the challenges and excitement that come with change and are constantly developing new ideas for the betterment of others or an organization. They believe that the people they work with (as well as themselves) are the driving force behind innovation, and that their collective desire and efforts will help them be successful.
Although MBTI ENFJ Personality Types are incredibly innovative and great to work with, there are still some areas of the innovative process that they can improve on. For example, a caring and compassionate nature can sometimes cause ENFJ Types to forget about their own basic needs or wants, as they may choose to focus all of their time and energy on their fellow people rather than themselves. It’s important for ENFJ Types to focus on their own well being as well as that of others, so that they can continue innovating and don’t burn out right away. ENFJ Types should also be sure that they take some time to themselves, whether that means through individual innovation or just some independent personal time, so that they aren’t forgetting to take care of themselves (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
ENFJ Personality Types may also find it difficult to innovate when they are working with others who do not view the importance of innovation in the same way that they do — for example, if another team member shuts down their ideas or makes them feel disrespected, it can cause the MBTI Test ENFJ Type to feel discouraged. This can be easily combatted, though, with other team members offering a harmonious blend of both encouragement and disagreement, allowing them to work together to come up with the perfect solution. ENFJ Types also benefit from working in a group that is as committed to the end result as they are, so that they don’t feel that they are doing most (or all) or the work while others sit idly by (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP).
Introduction to Type and Innovation. (Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, 2009, CPP Inc.)
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