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The Myers-Briggs ENFJ (Extroversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judgment) personality type are born leaders, full of spunk, passion, and charm. They enjoy reaching out to those in need and inspiring others to achieve their goals, in an effort to make a positive difference in the world. They are self-confident that others admire them and want to follow them, which enhance their ability to lead. They have a natural inclination to be “the hero.” Nothing thrills them more than being the leader, bringing people together and inspiring others with their infectious charisma and enthusiasm. The ENFJ personality type finds immense joy and happiness helping other people improve their lives and their communities. These individuals want to make the world a better place, and they want others to try to do the same. People with an ENFJ personality type are typically genuine and compassionate. These individuals are true to their words, and they do not make excuses.
They are passionate humanitarians, who are rarely afraid to stand up for what is right and just. Although they may receive criticism and insults for their beliefs, these do not deter ENFJs from doing what they feel is right. These qualities are akin to many important people throughout history, including a number of U.S. presidents. These individuals seize any opportunity to lead others toward a brighter, more productive future. Whether these people are leaders of businesses, educational institutions, or nations, they strive to lead others to prosperity and success.
Their ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people is their strongest quality. They are adept at getting their message across to the masses. However, their enthusiasm may be extreme for some, especially if they perceive an ENFJ as being aggressive. Another weakness of an ENFJ is that they can misplace their trust in the wrong people. These individuals may also take on the burdens of others, which can lead to personal difficulties.
This personality type only accounts for approximately 2 percent of the general population. Most people do not see the world in the same way as an ENFJ personality type. ENFJs tend to see the world through idealistic lenses, while most people tend to be more realistic and pessimistic.
This personality type usually does well at work. They are warm, optimistic, charming, innovative, and social. Their likability bodes well in the workplace, with both co-workers and supervisors. In addition, they tend to thrive in leadership positions. They are also great team players; however, this can actually work against them, because some managers and co-workers will take advantage of their temperament and strong work habits by pushing their work off on them. Moreover, ENFJs hate conflicts, preferring peace and harmony, so instead of confronting those who are taking advantage of them, they simply accept the extra work in order to maintain morale.
ENFJs have a habit of underestimating their true potential. Nevertheless, they typically make good impressions on their co-workers and employers. They are quick learners, who are able to handle a variety of responsibilities with competence and a positive attitude. ENFJs are excellent at multitasking, which employers prefer. People with this personality type are hard workers, who are reliable and are always eager to help others.
The best type of jobs for ENFJ personality types are ones in which they can help others. An ENFJ personality type would excel as a nurse, physician, assistant/aide, healthcare technician, teacher, coach, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or social worker. He or she would also do well as an EMT, politician, religious leader, nun, human resource consultant, event coordinator, advertising consultant, or sales representative.
ENFJs feel most comfortable when they are in long-term relationships. ENFJs take dating, relationships, and marriage seriously, selecting partners who value long-term unions. Individuals who only want to date casually do not appeal to the ENFJ type. During the initial dating period, ENFJs are eager to prove to their partners that they are trustworthy, committed, loyal, empathetic, and dependable. Moreover, ENFJ personality types are consistently checking to make sure that their partners are happy and satisfied—they are happy as long as their partners are. This contentment that is contingent on others’ happiness can annoy some partners. They have a habit of neglecting their own needs, in favor of the needs of others, which can lead to stress and burnout. On a positive note, ENFJs are excellent communicators and are known to devote a considerable amount of time to working through issues and to find solutions.
This personality type makes an extreme effort to nurture friendships and maintain those connections. Friendships, to an ENFJ, are important and essential for happiness and satisfaction; they fight for their friendships. Again, their excellent communication skills and willingness to be available make them fantastic companions. They care about their friends and value all of their relationships. They are also loyal and reliable, which are good qualities in a friend.
As parents, these individuals encourage their children to grow and develop, recognizing and appreciating the gifts that different people bring to society. ENFJ parents tend to be loving, nurturing, respectful, and supportive. They create an effective balance between being a friend and a responsible parent, with the goal of raising culturally sensitive individuals, who view differences as assets, instead of negative characteristics. They also strive to teach their children how to be accountable for their actions and how to honor commitments, which will help them be successful both in life and at work.
- R. Y. Langham, PhD, Author Melissa Lavery, MS, Editor