ENFJ in the Workplace

People with the ENFJ personality type are intelligent, warm, idealistic, charismatic, creative, social... With this wind at their backs, ENFJs are able to thrive in many diverse roles, at any level of seniority. Moreover, they are simply likeable people, and this quality propels them to success wherever they have a chance to work with others.

ENFJ Subordinates

As subordinates, ENFJs will often underestimate themselves – nevertheless, they quickly make an impression on their managers. Quick learners and excellent multitaskers, people with the ENFJ personality type are able to take on multiple responsibilities with competence and good cheer. ENFJs are hardworking, reliable and eager to help – but this can all be a double-edged sword, as some managers will take advantage of ENFJs’ excellent quality of character by making too many requests and overburdening their ENFJ subordinates with extra work. ENFJs are conflict-averse and try to avoid unnecessary criticism, and in all likelihood will accept these extra tasks in an attempt to maintain a positive impression and frictionless environment.

ENFJ workplace habits

ENFJ Colleagues

As colleagues, ENFJs’ desire to assist and cooperate is even more evident as they draw their coworkers into teams where everyone can feel comfortable expressing their opinions and suggestions, working together to develop win-win situations that get the job done. ENFJs’ tolerance, open-mindedness and easy sociability make it easy for them to relate to their colleagues, but also make it perhaps a little too easy for their colleagues to shift their problems onto ENFJs’ plates. Being Diplomats, people with the ENFJ personality type are sensitive to the needs of others, and their role as a social nexus means that problems inevitably find their way to ENFJs’ doorsteps, where colleagues will find a willing, if overburdened, associate.

ENFJ Managers

While perfectly capable as subordinates and colleagues, ENFJs’ true calling, where their capacity for insightful and inspiring communication and sensitivity to the needs of others really shows, is in managing teams. As managers, ENFJs combine their skill in recognizing individual motivations with their natural charisma to not only push their teams and projects forward, but to make their teams want to push forward. They may sometimes stoop to manipulation, the alternative often being a more direct confrontation, but ENFJs’ end goal is always to get done what they set out to do in a way that leaves everyone involved satisfied with their roles and the results they achieved together.

Keith D Hooks SR.
4 years ago
Helpping others is what it is all about I'm going to love being a ENFJ.
4 years ago
I am an ENFJ with 13 years in the workforce, and basically 12 of those 13 years in management of some kind or another. I've run businesses, classrooms, country clubs, consulting firms... It's been an amazing ride and I've met a TON of amazing people along the way. My style with my students/employees/workers/whatever was to help them identify their strengths and then give them jobs/work that would allow their strengths to shine. There is no point in working any other way in my mind. Taking someone's weakness and harping on it as something they need to "improve" is only going to make the person feel bad, frustrate them, and make their work quality (and therefore the whole organizational bottom line) suffer. So, I would set my people up for success. My students did so well in a few classes I taught that the principal launched an investigation thinking that I falsified the grades they got, which were mostly A's. When I evidenced that the kids earned the grades and evidenced my methodology, he apologized and said he would never question my integrity again. It was a thrilling experience for me and the kids. They got to see how much they were capable of achieving and I got to lead them to new heights of academic success many had never experienced before. While managing a small translation business consisting of 3 employees, I got to inspire using my sense of humor. We were building the business from the ground up. I was Managing Director and responsible for all sales, client meetings, project deliverables, etc. The other two staff members were translators and proposal writers. Their job was to do the translations as well as find new translation gigs for us. We worked super-hard, sending out about 1,000 proposals per month. They yielded some big translation gigs, but not frequently enough, so we divided up the profits evenly and closed up shop - but it was a great experience. ENFJ's are great leaders and can move people to do great things. We have to make sure to keep our emotions in check and not take negative things people say personally. Our best asset is to win our own success and recognition and advancement by helping others to succeed.
4 years ago
Extremely accurate as evidenced over many decades of working with people - a friend took the test and her results where also almost dead-on - recommend this test.
4 years ago
The description of an ENFJ seemed to fit fairly well. Then I read the career analysis. I was not fortunate enough to attend college when I was younger and spent most of my working years in various laborious positions. Looking back, I notice that each new job I took had an increase in technical responsibilities. In mid life I studied Journalism and just recently studied Real Estate sales. In a recent interview with a Real Estate broker I impressed when I said "I believe Real Estate agents should act sort of like guidance counselors, helping people make good decisions when purchasing a home." I've always felt a special responsibility to help others, sometimes to my detriment. This test was extremely accurate, I'm placing it in the 90 percentile for my personal assessment.
4 years ago
I work in a big engineering consulting firm. The ENFJ description sums up everything I love and everything I hate about my job where I get to combine my love of engineering with helping people - by solving problems! However, I definitely notice that my performance varies based on whether my project supervisor is supporting and appreciative of my helpful cooperative nature. There are a lot of critical, close minded people and so I end up with a 90-10 kind of situation, where 90% of my work relationships are amazing, and 10% are damaging. I'm currently seeking work elsewhere because the company has changed in the last 2 years so that it has also gotten to be a really stressful place to work.
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