People differ with respect to their leadership strengths and challenges. Developing a more nuanced understanding of your and your employees’ Myers-Briggs® personality types can help you increase your efficiency to meet the demands of today’s fast-paced business environment. This week’s blog takes a closer look at the Extroverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (ENTP) personality type and how these types can capitalize on their strengths and develop their challenges to become more effective leaders.
Richmond (2008) urges supervisors to gain an intimate understanding of their team’s inner workings in order to help them excel, especially since the challenges of the modern work place leave little room for error. However, this process has been facilitated by the development of effective leadership development strategies like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). ENTPs’ are among the most innovative and visionary leaders – their quick thinking and resourcefulness makes them effective and charismatic leaders. They are able to generate multiple solutions to the same problem and then strategically select the optimal choice and take concrete steps to achieve their goals. However, this confidence and global view can alienate other members of their team, especially since MBTI ENTPs’ tend to get impatient with those who may need a little more aid in understanding their messages. Therefore, ENTPs’ should make an effort to give their team members clear, explicit instructions to achieve particular tasks, and take the time to compliment and appreciate them as they make progress. Richmond (2008) suggests that these small acts can help build cohesiveness in the team and foster goodwill among co-workers. In the long run, this spirit can help co-workers more effectively achieve their projects and the company’s longer term goals.
ENTPs’ zeal for innovation often leads them to become distracted by new ideas, sometimes leaving others to patch the cracks in previous projects. This impatience for routine can also lead to problems in respecting bureaucratic hierarchies, which can in turn cause tension in the workplace. ENTPs’ should make a concentrated effort to recognize the value of established routines, systems, or established procedures, and understand how they fit into the larger goals of their company. Richmond (2008) suggests that ENTPs’ may benefit from clearing their minds by talking a walk, exercising, or meditating periodically throughout the workday.
Richmond (2008) also suggests several additional strategies that will make ENTPs’ function even more optimally in the workplace. She urges ENTPs’ to remain open to learning and acknowledge their own weaknesses in order to make others more open to feedback and more comfortable sharing new and innovative ideas. She also suggests ENTPs’ pick their battles and consider the risk/reward trade-off when trying to improve a situation or making a point – sometimes, being a team player is more important than being right. Finally, she emphasizes that MBTI ENTPs’ should become comfortable asking others for support and most importantly, understanding their points of view, rather than automatically assuming that their own way is best. In the long run, building relationships with your co-workers and other members of your organization will make you an invaluable part of any team.
Introduction to Type and Leadership (Richmond, S. CPP. 2008)
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