Myers-Briggs® Test MBTI® Test ISFJ Personality Types and Leadership

Geeta AnejaISFJ, Leadership, MBTI, Personality Type

Being aware of your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type will help you more effectively use your strengths and ease the process of dealing with challenges that may arise. The best way to position yourself for success is to learn that of your leadership style, and utilize this knowledge in a positive manner towards growth in your daily life at the workplace. This week’s blog focuses on the ISFJ MBTI test personality type, The Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging type.

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Future blogs will continue to describe the characteristics of different MBTI test personality types, and the benefits of being aware of yours, your colleagues’, and co-workers’. If you keep returning to our blog, you will learn more about your and your team’s qualities, as well as how they may manifest in the workplace. This will help you assemble successful groups, interact more effectively with your colleagues, and become a stronger and more effective leader in the long run.

If you are an ISFJ personality type, you are generally quiet and friendly, but you are also highly attentive to detail. As part of a team, you consider others’ talents and needs and guide them to utilize them more effectively. In many ways, you are a natural leader. You also expect all members of your team to participate equally, and work hard to structure your work environment, making this possible. However, Richmond (2008) suggests that you tend to avoid confrontation, even if it might be necessary, which can, perhaps ironically, cause challenges in the workplace. Your team may have difficulty meeting your expectations, but be unclear as to how to do so. Your practicality and organizational skills make you an invaluable asset, but be sure to remember to convey the needs of your project clearly to your co-workers or team members. This will also help you delegate and support your team as they resolve difficulties and challenges independently, leaving you more time to attend to other matters.

As an ISFJ, you are also careful to assess all aspects of a situation by gathering data, and prefer to construct a detailed, action-oriented plan before making an intervention or beginning on a project. However, you are also a creature of habit, and can get bogged down by practices that are not the most efficient. Richmond (2008) suggests that you feel comfortable revisiting your organization’s daily functioning processes in an attempt to streamline. This will increase your corporation’s efficiency and will leave you more time to dedicate to productive tasks and new projects.

This attention to detail can be one of your greatest strengths, but make sure it doesn’t negatively impact your productivity. One way of keeping yourself on track might be to assemble a small advisory council from various backgrounds and personality types. Having this team aid you should result in making both quicker and more informed decisions. As a result, you will stay informed of new developments within your corporation without necessarily needing to perform the majority of the research yourself. By learning to trust your colleagues, and delegate, you will be able to achieve much more and to a greater extent both in the short and long-term and in turn, become a more effective and efficient leader. Use your keen ISFJ characteristics to bring your colleagues together and discover how they can more effectively support each other and support you.


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Introduction to Type and Leadership (Richmond, S. CPP. 2008)


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