INFJ personality in the workplace

It is probably safe to say that the majority of us already are, or will be, working 9 to 5 and trying to climb the career ladder. If you are an exception by your own conscious choice and feel great about that, then congratulations. However, many people live in a different reality, where interactions with colleagues and managers are an inseparable part of their daily routines.

This is why it is important to discuss the interaction of different personality types in the work environment. We will talk about INFJs in this article. How are they as colleagues? What should you know about an INFJ manager? How can you maintain a good working relationship with an INFJ subordinate?

INFJ colleagues

  • Loathe conflict and tension
  • Highly idealistic, but also very insightful, able to sense somebody’s motives nearly instantly
  • Surprisingly social and eloquent, quickly and easily connecting with their coworkers
  • Popular, friendly, and altruistic (However, INFJs need to make sure that their generosity is not being abused.)
  • Very serious about their duties and responsibilities, especially if they are strongly aligned with the INFJ’s principles
  • Seek harmony and cooperation
  • Prioritize values and good atmosphere rather than cold facts or ruthless efficiency
  • Need to be able to work alone if they choose to

INFJ managers

  • Have very high standards and expectations when it comes to competence and professionalism
  • Able to accurately judge situations and subordinates
  • Very principled and just
  • Do not seek nor enjoy authority—INFJ managers tend to see their subordinates as equals
  • Sensitive and understanding
  • Cannot stand unreliable individuals
  • Able to easily inspire and motivate the team
  • Excel at coordinating and supervising people, not so good at managing systems

INFJ subordinates

  • Value personal touch and sensitivity rather than strict directives
  • Dislike routine tasks
  • Are extremely vulnerable to criticism, especially if it is not completely justified
  • Want their work to be meaningful
  • Need to feel that their values are more or less in line with their manager’s
  • Are very hardworking and trustworthy, but may need occasional encouragement
  • Value independence and informal relationships

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your experience in the comments!

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43 Responses to “INFJ personality in the workplace”

  1. Daniela Reply

    I actually happen to stumble upon this and I am completely shocked! This is dead on… I am happy to see that it’s not a figment of my imagination. Indeed, this is me all the way through. I always thought I was rare but to even get confirmation that we are less than 1 percent of the population. I am living in extreme excitement. Thank you.

  2. Bob Reply

    Extremely accurate in virtually every descriptive area. Almost frightening!

  3. Irina Reply

    100% match. I don’t find it scary. I am actually happy to understand why I am always the odd ball :))) … not happy about the “rare” factor but now I feel a bit more normal ;)