Myers-Briggs® test ESFP Personality Type and Leadership

Geeta AnejaBusiness and Leadership, ESFP, Leadership, MBTI, Personality Type

Have you ever wanted to be a more efficient leader or manager? Have you wondered how you can best lead a corporate team or group?

Learning about The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, your Myers-Briggs® personality type, and the array of tools available, can greatly improve your understanding of yourself and those around you. Additionally, this awareness can aid you in becoming a more efficient leader, manager, and team member and possibly even a motivator or mentor. This week, we will learn about how The Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) types can effectively organize and motivate a team on the road to success.

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It’s important to be aware of your colleagues’ MBTI® personality types as it can, with the proper assessment tools, provide you with insights into their work style, leadership assets, and how they can most effectively contribute to the overall goal of a project. According to the text, Introduction to Type and Leadership, leaders need to energize their teams while being careful not to overwhelm or smother them. ESFP’s function best in fast-paced environments and have an energizing, outgoing style. They enjoy working on teams and generally value others’ input, but sometimes need to more consciously create spaces for quieter team members to be comfortable participating as well. Similarly, ESFP’s think rapidly and logically, and may be overly critical of those who rely more on intuition than objective fact. For this reason, an ESFP’s interaction with a team member is sometimes interpreted as “playing favorites” and perhaps giving more positive feedback to some team members more than others. (Richmond, 2008. CPP.),

ESFPs are hands-on leaders. They enjoy working with others towards a common goal. Their energy and upbeat demeanor makes them a pleasure to work with. They also make a concentrated effort to reward and celebrate reaching milestones, which simultaneously makes people feel appreciated and prepared for future projects. However, one of the biggest challenges ESFP’s face is getting lost in the details of implementation and losing sight of the end goal and deadlines. They can also be very strong-willed, and may need extra support reflecting on their own practice and relationships with team members and supervisors.

Richmond (2008) identifies a few key strategies ESFP’s can use to continue to develop their leadership skills and increase their effectiveness. First, he emphasizes that they should take the time to think strategically about their organization and its long-term goals, and perhaps consider discussing these strategic ideas with a colleague or advisory team. This will allow The ESFP to use these newfound insights to better understand the long-term impact of their decisions. Lastly, ESFP’s should develop strategies to clearly and logically communicate an action plan to colleagues and team members in order to streamline interaction and production.

As ESFPs’ take the time to reflect and learn about their actions and possible implications, they will be able to better position their decisions within a larger context. This will ultimately help them (or you) contribute to their company more effectively, helping them make themselves an even more important part of their team and in turn a quality leader with a very important attribute- knowing oneself and knowing those around them.

In future blogs, we will address other Myers-Briggs personality types, explore their dichotomies, and discuss how they can capitalize on their innate leadership qualities in the workplace. If you continue to read our blog, you will deepen your awareness of your own and perhaps others’ leadership tendencies’. In doing so, you will not only improve your own performance, but can also encourage and mentor others to do the same.

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

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