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, the 4 people managers, and are ending on the 4 classic doer types. Amanda and Gary 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, the managers excel at systematizing and implementing policies. The people managers are counseling and commanding HR. But there is another key player in business: the doers. These four personality types really excel at bringing things to life. They are all often found in leadership, but will rarely be found in a leadership position that doesn’t involve some sort of activity beyond leading.
INTP, The Architect: INTPs are wisdom-oriented, analytical innovators. They tend to live inside their heads, in a world of ideas, constantly taking things apart and putting them back together again. They seek a deep understanding of the underlying theories that govern how the world works, and then set their minds to finding all of the applications of this knowledge. As innovators and dreamers, it’s not rare to find INTPs at the head of a company, but they will always be involved in the doing – they need something to occupy their ever-active minds. INTPs have no interest in power and authority for its own sake, but can step up to the management plate when needed, making decisions thoughtfully and ethically. Famous INTPs: Albert Einstein, Milton Friedman, Sergey Brin.
ISTP, The Mechanic: ISTPs are knowledge-oriented, practical and observant thinkers. They have a knack for mechanics and crafts. They don’t need any grand abstract theories, but still love to know how things work on a more practical and mechanical level (hence the nickname). They want to put their knowledge and ability to understand complex things to practical use, whether in a service field like IT or a creative one such as engineering. As people, ISTPs tend to be very level-headed and tolerant of those around them. They greatly value their own independence and respect that of others. They are level-headed and dependable workers who, when they set their mind to a task, can pretty much figure out anything without help. Famous ISTPs: Jack Dorsey, Ron Paul, Clint Eastwood.
ISFP, The Artist: ISFPs are artistically-oriented, gentle and observant artisans. They generally prefer a support role and tend to express themselves best through a medium. ISFPs are strongly attuned to their feelings and values and intensely loyal to those they love, but would rather express this through creative works and acts of service. When not in a specifically creative field such as architecture or photography, ISFPs make for very loyal and able support staff in a business–especially when it comes to making aesthetic choices for events, presentations, and marketing. They have a keen eye for details, a knack for using materials, and a desire to communicate through sensory experience to others. Especially in service industries, an ISFP with the freedom to pursue their vision can bring the environment from good to great. Famous ISFPs: Jonathan Ive, Bob Dylan, Joern Utzon.
ESFP, The Performer: ESFPs are experience-oriented, spontaneous and playful entertainers. Their ultimate goal is to always live life to the fullest, but they don’t live with their heads in the clouds. They have practical minds and a good eye for details, and they seek meaning in their work and their projects. As the life-of-the-party type, ESFPs excel in bringing others in to the life of a team and making sure things stay fun and congenial (think the ESTP tycoon type with a stronger emphasis on feelings and values). ESFP’s earn their nickname because they prefer to communicate through a medium, and often find themselves in fields such as marketing, film (from acting to editing), or product development. Famous ESFPs: Ronald Reagan, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg.
Thanks for listening to this series! We really hope it’s been valuable for you all. To wrap up, please always remember that the Myers Briggs test is in no way limiting. Instead, its purpose is to show where your natural gifts and inclinations are so that you can be prepared for whatever career you step into. ESFJs can be entrepreneurs and ISTPs can be people managers. As long as you are working in your calling, any obstacle can be overcome. Your innate personality only limits you if you allow it.
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