Your team members’ Myers Briggs® Personality Type (MBTI®) can provide valuable insights into the manner in which they may approach various projects they are assigned. Being cognizant of team strengths and preferences can help leaders and teams anticipate the optimal ways to utilize the talents of individual team members and harness the team as a whole. Ultimately, doing so can improve the function and performance of the team, and make everyone more satisfied and fulfilled along the way. This week, we take a closer look at the MBTI personality type ENFJ (Extraverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging) and how their view of projects emphasizes collaborative elements to deliver a quality product.
According to Tucker (2008), ENFJ’s tend to have “future-focused” visions for projects. It is important to them that stakeholders be able to derive long-term benefits from the products they produce, and that the outcome has a lasting impact. To this end, they make a concerted effort to ensure that stakeholders, team members, and administrators are incorporated into the decision making process, and that they are satisfied with the methods as well as the outcomes. That said, ENFJs are also highly organized and can maintain momentum and drive without necessarily deliberating over minutia. However, in some cases, this may result in an underestimation of financial or material resources necessary to successfully accomplish a particular task. Nonetheless, ENFJ teams do tend to be punctual in their delivery and present high-quality, well thought out products in the end.
Because ENFJ’s are particular strong, charismatic communicators, especially in terms of how they connect with stakeholders, they tend to shine on projects that involve close contact with other people, especially when needed to convince others that a project or undertaking is worthwhile. This spirit also permeates their relationship with their peers, and they do tend to prefer working in teams rather than individually. However, because they are so focused on collaborative group dynamics, they may focus too much energy on pleasing everyone, and make a previously simple project fairly convoluted. On the other hand, they may find the details of implementation challenging to grasp and plan for, breaking a complex task into smaller, achievable benchmarks and then developing measures for assessing their own success is very difficult for them. If these issues are not anticipated in advance and addressed strategically, ENFJ-managed projects can risk getting lost in the communicative and interpersonal aspects of teamwork.
In order to manage and avoid these potential pitfalls, Tucker (2008) suggests that ENFJ’s make an effort to confront practical issues head-on, rather than avoiding them or ignoring them. They should also keep in mind that such considerations can actually be opportunities in disguise rather than challenges per se, and disregarding them can in fact be a missed opportunity. For instance, ENFJ’s may find it helpful to make a list of benchmarks or intermediate “stepping stones” that mark a path to their final goal. They can do the same for meetings by crafting a specific, ordered agenda, and divide up larger tasks so that each individual is also playing to their own strengths. By channeling their team spirit in a productive and focused direction, ENFJ teams can be highly effective.
Introduction to Type and Project Management. (Tucker. CPP, 2008.)
Learn More About the MBTI ENFJ Personality Type:
Click on one of these corresponding popular ENFJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Child Care Worker, Clergy, Customer Service Representative , Dental Assistant,Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant, Health Educator, Host or Hostess, Instructional Coordinators, Interior Designers, Loan Counselors.
Explore Our Other ENFJ Blog Pages:
- Myers-Briggs test ENFJ Personality Type and Innovation Styles Blog
- Myers-Briggs test ENFJ Personality Type Emotional Intelligence Blog
- Myers-Briggs test ENFJ Personality Type and Leadership Blog
Click On Your Personality Type Below & Read About Your Project management Style:
Click on a link below to read more about different MBTI Personality Types