ENFJ strengths and weaknesses

ENFJ Strengths

  • Tolerant - ENFJs are true team players, and they recognize that that means listening to other peoples' opinions, even when they contradict their own. They admit they don't have all the answers, and are often receptive to dissent, so long as it remains constructive.
  • Reliable - The one thing that galls ENFJs the most is the idea of letting down a person or cause they believe in. If it's possible, ENFJs can always be counted on to see it through.
  • Charismatic - Charm and popularity are qualities ENFJs have in spades. They instinctively know how to capture an audience, and pick up on mood and motivation in ways that allow them to communicate with reason, emotion, passion, restraint - whatever the situation calls for. Talented imitators, ENFJs are able to shift their tone and manner to reflect the needs of the audience, while still maintaining their own voice.
  • Altruistic - Uniting these qualities is ENFJs' unyielding desire to do good in and for their communities, be it in their own home or the global stage. Warm and selfless, ENFJs genuinely believe that if they can just bring people together, they can do a world of good.
  • Natural Leaders - More than seeking authority themselves, ENFJs often end up in leadership roles at the request of others, cheered on by the many admirers of their strong personality and positive vision.

ENFJ Weaknesses

  • Overly Idealistic - People with the ENFJ personality type can be caught off guard as they find that, through circumstance or nature, or simple misunderstanding, people fight against them and defy the principles they've adopted, however well-intentioned they may be. They are more likely to feel pity for this opposition than anger, and can earn a reputation of naïveté.
  • Too Selfless - ENFJs can bury themselves in their hopeful promises, feeling others' problems as their own and striving hard to meet their word. If they aren't careful, they can spread themselves too thin, and be left unable to help anyone.
  • Too Sensitive - While receptive to criticism, seeing it as a tool for leading a better team, it's easy for ENFJs to take it a little too much to heart. Their sensitivity to others means that ENFJs sometimes feel problems that aren't their own and try to fix things they can't fix, worrying if they are doing enough.
  • Fluctuating Self-Esteem - ENFJs define their self-esteem by whether they are able to live up to their ideals, and sometimes ask for criticism more out of insecurity than out of confidence, always wondering what they could do better. If they fail to meet a goal or to help someone they said they'd help, their self-confidence will undoubtedly plummet.
  • Struggle to Make Tough Decisions - If caught between a rock and a hard place, ENFJs can be stricken with paralysis, imagining all the consequences of their actions, especially if those consequences are humanitarian.
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Calvin Richmond
Dec 21, 2014 06:04:34
So very accurate!!!!!!!!! this is amazing for self-development, and I'm taking it all in. Thanks
Sir Steven Yang
Dec 19, 2014 19:31:19
Dang! This describes me very well. I do not like criticisms at all. Only done perfectly without any jabs at my character can I take those criticisms.
Katy Brown
Dec 12, 2014 10:20:36
This is so accurate!!!!!!!!! It really helped me learn to understand myself and find my true identity!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 09, 2014 02:43:03
Looking at weaknesses I have done what most of us ENFJ's don't do. Taking care of their selves first. I went on a self-gratification plan. All about me. Me first, me now, me everything. What came of that was exceptional awareness. I was able to overcome naivety and a feeling of doom that use to accompany my very "you first" attitude of needing to be appreciated.
I went on an experimental action plan of "I don't care what you think" that proved to me, not many people do care what you think, I think, anyone thinks. No one is that involved in business on deeper emotional issues. When self-confidence was on the skinny and I would freeze with indecision. I reflected and realized "Doubt is Death" Any movement in my physical world melted that away. Running, exercise and a good heap of my hobbies.
The one thing I recommend to all ENFJ's is to get tough on others. You don't have to demand or reprimand but you definitely have to stand your ground. Which are your ethics, strength and unyielding sense of justice. If you don't know how to proceed, get selfish, it's not a sin, it's a strong sense of "I matter". Calling your own shots, daily. Making YOUR plans YOUR foundation.
You'll become a strong leader more capable than ever thought. We are the forerunners of change and humanitarian teaching. First teach yourself about the "ugly" you try to hide from in society. There will be wolves, know that. Then act daily with integrity and dignity.
Believe Achieve.. just get the Believe part down first.
Dec 18, 2014 19:19:38
Nice, this was a fantastic help
Fiona carrick
Nov 12, 2014 17:07:43
This is cool! It's so accurate too!