People with ENFJ preferences are able to get the most out of teams by working closely with team members and make decisions that respect and take into account the impact on others. As leaders, they tend to be adept at building consensus and inspiring others. Words or phrases that describe people with ENFJ preferences at their best are highlighted in the MBTI® Type Head below:
People with ENFJ preferences enjoy helping others develop new skills, structure their time, and meet deadlines. They work best in an environment that promotes collaboration and harmony, especially in working toward shared goals. They are likely to be attracted to a job or career in counseling, teaching, healthcare, or religion.
People with ENFJ preferences make decisions as much by other people’s values and what is good for the group as by their own values and what is good for themselves. Naturally inclined to create harmony in their environment, they also want to support the long-term development of individuals and their team. Their preferences for NF indicate that they are likely motivated to make a meaningful, long-term difference in the world, and their choice of job or career usually reflects this desire.
Jobs That Typically Appeal to ENFJs
Elementary school teacher
Public relations specialist
Home health aide
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People with ENFJ preferences make up over 3% of leaders globally while representing only about 2% of the general population.* Their preferences may help them consider how their decisions affect others and contribute to harmony as well as long-term possibilities. Conflict within the team will likely be a major cause of stress for these leaders.
*Note: Global leadership sample includes 960,000+ supervisors, managers, and executives; global sample representing the general population includes 21,000+ individuals. See Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type and Leadership (2015).
Inspiration for the Future
NF individuals tend to consistently bring future-oriented development and inspiration of people. In their day-to-day, NF leaders are likely to excel at:
People with ENFJ preferences will typically become stressed by the factors highlighted in the MBTI® Stress Head above. In these circumstances they will tend to be pessimistic and rigid, and prone to self-doubt and insensitivity. During initial stress they may become hypersensitive and overbearing in their care for others. Download and share the ENFJ Stress Head to remind you (and your colleagues) about the things that stress you.
People with ENFJ preferences tend to focus on encouraging the growth of others around them, and they quickly understand others’ emotional needs. Their partner, peers, family members, and friends will likely see them as gracious, expressive, and congenial.
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People with ENFJ preferences tend to “promote reconciliation” during conflict (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 38). This can work well for them when the conflict is getting blown out of proportion. However, it could backfire if the conflict gets swept under the rug.
The FJ conflict style of people who prefer ENFJ works when others feel like their views are being considered. However, it could fail when they don’t protect their boundaries and then get stressed to the point that they find it hard to stay logical.
Who are some famous ENFJs?
Unless they have taken the MBTI assessment and shared their personality type preferences, it’s impossible to know. Anything else is just speculation, and we call it “type-casting.”
Where do our data come from?
All figures and data are representative of our own assessment samples collected at the time users take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment.
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