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ESFJs and careers

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ESFJs at work

People with ESFJ preferences are the nurturers of the workplace. They likely enjoy forming strong, personal bonds with clients, gaining their trust before they start doing business together. They’re often adept at communicating the usefulness of a product or service, and they love to see results so they know how they’re improving other people’s lives.

With colleagues, ESFJs typically enjoy planning bonding activities, onboarding new team members, and upholding the company ethos. They need to feel that they’re a part of a tight-knit team. In fact, they’re often the person who creates that closeness.

ESFJs tend to enjoy careers that allow them to focus on the needs of others and determine how best to promote harmony or create a familial atmosphere in the workplace.

Career trends for ESFJs

ESFJs aren’t typically looking to change the world. They prefer to make a big impact within their small team. They enjoy face-to-face contact with both colleagues and clients, and they like to follow up regularly to see the results of their work.

Because ESFJs are such natural caretakers, they tend to do well in careers where they can care for others—whether in the medical industry, human resources, or teaching.

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Leadership style of ESFJs

People with ESFJ preferences aren’t often the leaders in their place of work, though they do fulfill a sort of leadership role behind the scenes.

In positions of power, ESFJs are very concerned with the emotional well-being of their employees. They tend to worry more about the atmosphere of the workplace than meeting strict goals. In some professions, this practical, encouraging approach makes for a very effective leader.

ESFJs on a team

ESFJs love working as a part of a team—especially with people they’re close with. They might find themselves naturally falling into the role of the mediator or nurturer, encouraging others and helping the team to stay on task when times get tough.

However, they may become discouraged if the team changes course too quickly or pitches untraditional ideas. Working with people who take a different approach may help them to see different viewpoints and broaden their horizons in a way they wouldn’t otherwise do.

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