This May, my social media manager Amanda and her husband Gary are covering the 16 Myers Briggs types and how they function in the world of business. They began with the 4 entrepreneur types (which includes my type, naturally) and the 4 manager types, and are covering people managers today. The two have studied the topic of Myers Briggs extensively and Amanda often applies it to HR issues in our office! Together they hope to use their knowledge to help teams and couples understand each other. Here they are.
While the entrepreneurs excel at dreaming and starting businesses and the managers excel at systematizing and company standards, the people managers are playing a different ball game. These four types are all in touch with the feelings of others. This makes them great in HR, counseling, and people managing roles.
ESFJ, The Caregiver: ESFJs are crowd-oriented, structure-creating workers. Their primary gift is a keen awareness of how other people in the office are feeling and they are not afraid to invest themselves emotionally in their friends’ and coworkers’ lives. Like the ESTJ type we wrote on last week, ESFJs want to create rules and structure in the workplace, but are less concerned with efficiency and more concerned with harmony. They are concerned with people working as a team and treating each other with respect, thereby following the “rules” of being a team. ESFJs also manage well by being doers. They are not afraid to handle technical or detail-oriented jobs. They need people who keep the business focused on a big-picture vision. Famous ESFJs: Barbara Walters, Sam Walton, Dave Thomas.
ENFJ, The Teacher: ENFJs are guidance-oriented people persons. They like to take in concepts, ideas, and principles through their intuition, and then pass this on whenever possible to the people they live and work with. Wherever they work, ENFJs will be deeply involved with everyone around them–not just emotionally, but in terms of their peer’s personal growth and success in life. ENFJs also have a key sense of vision, and can serve teams well as inspirers who can stir up others for the mission and values of the business. They need people around them who can handle fine details as well analytic thinkers who can check some of their overly forward tendencies. Famous ENFJs: Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Bono.
INFJ, The Counselor: INFJs are harmony-oriented, holistic thinkers. You are more likely to find the INFJ living alone in the desert than heading up a large corporation (this might be statistically true), but that doesn’t mean that they cannot be happy, beneficial parts of a business team. INFJs like to use their store of wisdom to help other people better their lives and prefer to do so on an intensive, individual level. INFJ’s awareness of other people’s feelings gives them an awareness of the emotions of the workplace, and as managers they work hard to keep the peace. They are quick to help solve interpersonal disputes or to play the Advocate for people who are not well-treated or regarded. As such, they excel in HR roles. INFJs tend to lead by example, and so need others who are good at assigning employees tasks and responsibilities. Famous INFJs: Carl Gustav Jung, Al Pacino, Mahatma Ghandi.
INFP, The Mediator: INFPs are value-oriented, deep-feeling healers. Like the INFJ, they are not the type most likely found in the spotlight of a business, but they are a definite asset wherever they work. Because of their deep-set values, INFPs almost always strive to do everything they set out to do perfectly. They are going to be most satisfied working with people they deeply care about, or for a mission they are passionate about. As the personality type most likely to feel out of place or different, INFPs are quick to listen deeply to other’s troubles. This quality causes them to excel in counseling positions or HR roles, but it also makes them a very understanding manager. People who work under an INFP will be assured of their value to the company and feel invested there. INFPs can crumble under criticism, and will work best and happiest with a boss who doles out criticism in a balanced way. Famous INFPs: C.S. Lewis, Donald Miller, Augustine.
Take the Myers Briggs test and let me know what type you are in the comment section! If your type isn’t covered in this post, stay tuned next week to learn more! Take the test here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
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