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Developing Your Type – ENFJ

Developing Your Type – ENFJ

By Donna Dunning

ENFJ Insightful Contributor: Communicate and Cooperate

“Two heads are better than one.”

2.5 % of the population

Type Dynamics for the ENFJ

Dominant (Fe): Outwardly decisive, collaborative and sensitive to needs of people

Auxiliary (Ni): Inwardly focused on possibilities for enhancing human potential

Tertiary (S): As they mature, consider the practicalities as well as possibilities

Inferior (Ti): Developmental challenge is to assess situations logically and objectively

My previous blogs – Understanding Type Dynamics: Dominant FunctionsUnderstanding Type Dynamics: Auxiliary Functions, and Taking Personality Type Beyond Your Preferences have more information on type dynamics.

The ENFJ Preferred Mode

Insightful Contributors use Extraverted Feeling (Fe) as their core approach to work and living. This outward, collaborative, results-oriented approach tends to accomplish results using the best talents of the people involved.

Insightful Contributors thrive in situations where they can harness the energy of a group of people toward a mutually beneficial goal. They often take on and enjoy leadership roles. If you are an Insightful Contributor, you are likely at your best when you are working with others cooperatively to accomplish goals.

Adding a Secondary Approach

To avoid moving down the wrong path or making inaccurate decisions, Insightful Contributors tend to think internally about, and incorporate ideas and models into, their plans. They want to consider multiple options and look at long-term possibilities, implications, and consequences of actions. This perspective helps the Insightful Contributor create changes to make things better for people in the future.

Development Pathway

ENFJs will likely be convinced to develop the non-preferred parts of their personality when they have personal reasons to do so.

As Insightful Contributors develop, they learn to look more at immediate implications and consequences of actions. For example, a young ENFJ may take quick actions without gathering very many facts and details to support the decision. A more mature ENFJ will pay greater attention to the realities and facts of the situation to ensure their actions are practical and effective in both the long and short term.

Over time Insightful Contributors can also learn to place more emphasis on making a logical, objective appraisal of a situation. They will be motivated to do this when it serves their preferred mode of operating. For example, an ENFJ can be convinced to approach situations impersonally when they see how these actions help them implement changes and make things better in the long run. Using a more impersonal approach can help the Insightful Contributor manage criticism and disagreements.

Developmental Tips for the Insightful Contributor

  • Collect more facts and details before deciding.
  • Look at immediate as well as long-term implications and consequences of your actions and decisions.
  • When making a decision create a list of logical pros and cons.
  • Balance your desire to be helpful with practical considerations. You can’t be everything to everybody.
  • You will want to resolve conflicts. However, some problems are not easily solved. Sometimes it is important to agree to disagree and move forward.

You will find an overview of the two types of Contributors, their career success stories and strategies, and occupations that attract them on the Contributor main page.

What’s Your Type of Career? includes a section on career and life development strategies for Contributors.

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