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All Types of Change

All Types of Change

By Donna Dunning

Which personality types are predisposed to workplace change?

I was asked this question recently and decided to post my answer.

The person who asked was thinking perhaps Intuition and Judging preferences would be correlated with people who initiate change. Here is what I said.


People who prefer N often are seen as “change agents” in organizations – wanting to implement new and creative ideas. They are often excited about long-term innovation and want to do something that has never been done before.


As for NP and NJ, the last letters are more about how they like to act – move ahead in an exploratory way (P) or make a plan (J).


People who prefer S are sometimes given the stereotype of “resistant to change”, which tends to be an inaccurate representation of their change approach. SJs often find unnecessary change disruptive, as they prefer following a set procedure or a process that they know works well. To engage them in change they need to know what, who, when, where, and how. When given this information and a clear, concrete vision of what change will look like, SJs will set up new systems and procedures to make the change happen. People who prefer SP are different again. As long as the change seems practical, they enjoy trying new things and will often jump in to see if something works.


E/I differences are also important in that a person who prefers Introversion will usually want more time to think through the change.


T/F differences are important too as they influence “buy in” to change. The priority of people who prefer T is often to find out if the change is logical and effective and if the organization can competently carry out the implementation. People who prefer F usually want to make sure the people are considered and supported throughout the change process.

I have written many blogs on the topic of change – some organized by dominant function and some by temperament. You can check these out if you want more information.





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