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Finding the Motivation to Grow Your Career ENFP

Finding the Motivation to Grow Your Career ENFP

By Donna DunningExplorer

Donna Dunning

Compassionate Explorers

People who have preferences for ENFP tend to focus their attention in the outer world of ideas and interactions, using Extraverted Intuition (Ne) as their dominant function. They are excited when discussing new ideas and enjoy change and variety. In their inner world, they tend to evaluate and decide using a personal, values-based approach (Fi).

For more general information on type dynamics and motivation, please refer to the introductory post for this series, Find Your Motivation and Grow Your Career.

When they find opportunities to use this core approach at work, the result is usually a satisfying, meaningful career.

Building Your Skills

When learning and developing their competencies, ENFPs need to hone their core approach as well as develop skills and knowledge outside of their preferences.

Some of the skills that may come naturally for ENFPs include communicating their ideas, motivating others, counseling, coaching, creating, facilitating, and teaching. Careers that use these skills are often appealing to people with ENFP preferences.

However, there are times when ENFPs need to use and develop skills in their non-preferred functions. For the ENFP, this might include paying attention to minute details, researching one topic in great depth without diverging, analyzing situations using a purely logical approach, competing, following a well-established procedure without variation, or making and following a realistic schedule.

I’m sure the ENFPs out there can add to this list of non-preferred skills and activities.

Finding Your Motivation

ENFPs will be most motivated to learn skills in their non-preferred functions “in service of the dominant function”. In other words, they need to see how the new learning can help them share new ideas, help others see possibilities and opportunities, or create something new.

I can use a personal example here, as I have ENFP preferences. I have created and facilitated many workshops. I love sharing ideas and greatly enjoy “aha” moments as people gain insights when learning. What is more difficult for me is sticking to timelines and offering information in a structured and sequential way.

To structure and organize my training sessions I have learned to carefully organize my PPT slides and make timing points during the day to keep me on track.

How did I motivate myself to do this? By linking these skills to my preferences.

I recognized that everyone learns differently and I wanted to ensure the learning experience was valuable for all learners. I plan and structure the session leaving enough freedom to include a few “teachable moments”. This strategy allows time to field questions and play with ideas, activities I greatly enjoy, while still fulfilling the needs of those who need structure and sequence.

How have you learned to develop skills in your non-preferred functions? What motivates your learning? If you want to read more about ENFPs on the website, here are a few posts to look at.

Developing Your Type – ENFP

ENFPs at Work

Occupations that Attract Explorers


Want to learn more about personality type and how to use it to understand yourself and others?

Introduction to Type and Communication describes in detail how personality preferences influence communications.

If you live in the USA, Introduction to Type and Communication is now available on Kindle.

Introduction to Type and Learning can help you find your motivation for learning and help you learn more effectively.

If you live in the USA, Introduction to Type and Learning is also available on Kindle.

Looking for a practical resource to help you plan your ideal career? Check out my book, What’s Your Type of Career?: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type

Want to use your personality type to excel at your career? Check out 10 Career Essentials: Excel at Your Career by Using Your Personality Type

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2 Responses to “Finding the Motivation to Grow Your Career ENFP”

  1. Ricardo says:

    Hi Donna,

    I’m ENFP and relate 100% to your experience and approach in order to get things done but I also try to have some partnership with task-oriented people (SJ’s) to give me schedules, focus, deadlines and structure. You know It’s pretty hard to stop the eruption of ideas that come up with to prepare slides, presentations ou even write something down. I’ve also learned to use my Te and Si functions due to my early job experience and strong family influence (mother ESTJ, father ISFJ). At the begining, It was pretty hard to find out my MBTI type because I though I was Thinker and Judger something like an ENTJ or ENTP. My Fi function is highly “rational” and less emotional. I value inteligence, competence, acuracy, honesty, integrity and love to get things done (NTJ). When I’m relaxed, surrounded by things and people that I like the most, I can realize myself as genuine ENFP or when I work with people and ideas in business (brainstorm meetings).

  2. Donna Dunning says:

    Thanks for your comment Ricardo. Sounds like you had the opportunity to develop all your type preferences early in life. Good idea to partner with SJs to add structure and deadlines to your approach.

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