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.

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.
Linda McFarland
4 years ago
This is very accurate. Now I know why I have encountered so few people who react as I would in various situations. LOL! In the careers section I was amazed to find what they had to say about writing. Everywhere, and I do mean everywhere I have turned in the last few years I am being told to write. I have found the novel or book style of writing simply is not my cup of tea. The journalistic or "story telling" style of writing seems to suit me much better. Again, LOL!! I wish I knew where to go to elicit writing jobs as I do enjoy writing and could certainly use the income. Anyway, I give a big "thumbs up" for this test and offer greetings to all of my fellow 2%ers! LOL!
4 years ago
This is eerie....it is me! Not a 100% - but very recognisable. Friendships are spot on as was the Parenting comments. Careers wise I have been both a sales representative and a teacher and have loved both. Particularly interesting was the 'romantic relationship' section - I now know where I went wrong! So clear! Are we all really so predictable? All '16' types of us??
4 years ago
I would agree to all of the above, except for, 'May be prone to taking on their colleagues’ problems' or 'Vulnerable to conflicts and criticism at work'. I do my very best to stay out of conflicts that don't concern me, and I try to not take things personally in both instances, I can take constructive criticism, but I will not tolerate abusive criticism. I have quit jobs because of the latter.
4 years ago
So my test placed me in the ENFJ category which I found describes my personality quite well in all areas but one, I am currently serving as a combat medic in the US Army. In my time in the military I have grown to dislike it in many ways, mainly because I am in a unit with poor leadership. Not all areas of the military are the same though. However, I have other goals in life. The area in which I disagree is that ENFJ's should try and avoid medical jobs. I have always enjoyed the medical field and initially joined the military to get some hands on medical experience before I finish my nursing degree. Though my time in the army has somewhat tarnished my outlook on it, I would not trade the experiences and knowledge that I have gained for anything.
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