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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and INTJs and ESFPs in Organizations


This issue we'll consider INTJs and ESFPs and examine where they might fit best and some of the possible weak spots for each.

Our friends the INTJs often like workplaces that allow for independence and some private time to reflect. Efficiency is usually important, as is productivity. They frequently like work environments that focus on long-term goals and where creativity is valued. Most times they prefer to work with competent colleagues, particularly those who are intellectually demanding. INTJs can be rather driving types, pushing themselves and others to reach the stated goals. They tend to be tough-minded and forceful, working to move ideas into action plans. Many INTJs are good at design and concept development. Still, they tend to be task-focused, decisive, and deliberate in their actions.

Potential problem areas include letting go of impractical ideas, forgetting to get input from others, and ignoring details. Sometimes INTJs can appear stubborn and unyielding so colleagues may avoid or work around them. For some INTJs, their ideas are so clear, it's not necessary to share them with others. Unfortunately, others might not have the same vision, so consulting with others could be a very good idea. INTJs' style can be hard for other types to deal with, so they might need to learn to be aware of their impact on others. Likewise, feedback from others on their ideas could be quite useful.

In contrast, ESFPs often enjoy action-packed and lively workplaces. They usually like a fast pace, with colleagues who are spontaneous, flexible, and adaptable. They like working with easy-going types who are energetic, friendly, harmonious, and appreciative. Many ESFPs prefer workplaces that are attractive, colorful, socialable, and have positive feelings. They tend to be quite enthusiastic, generous, and cooperative types. Many ESFPs are good at easing tensions at work, and help the group get along better. Others can quickly see what realistic steps need to be taken to solve the problem at hand.

Some areas for concern could be rushing in to fix a problem without reflecting first about the future consequences. ESFPs can spend so much time socializing that work can suffer. Since they often like action, they might prefer to start projects more than finish them, leaving a string of incomplete tasks. Because ESFPs tend to focus on people and maintaining harmony, they might be less objective than others in solving problems or tackling unpleasant issues. Many ESFPs can run into time management problems of their own making. Some enjoy the rush from beating deadlines, and so might artificially create pressure by waiting until the last minute to start tasks.


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