ISFP in the Workplace

In the workplace, ISFPs seek out positions that give them as much wiggle room as possible to do things their own way. Button-down environments that revolve around tightly held traditions and strictly enforced procedures are unlikely to appeal to ISFP personalities. Spontaneous, charming, and genuinely fun people to be around, ISFPs just want a chance to express those natural qualities, and to know that their efforts are appreciated.

ISFP Subordinates

People with the ISFP personality type don’t like to be controlled, and this can be quite clear in subordinate positions – they loathe being micromanaged. At the same time, ISFPs aren’t well-known for their long-term focus, but rather their adaptability and spontaneity. They’ll use unconventional methods, sometimes risky ones, and existing rules are just someone else’s way of doing things. Still, ISFPs find a way to make things happen. To manage ISFP personalities successfully, there need to be clearly set goals, and otherwise an open sandbox.

ISFP workplace habits

If this balance can be made to work, ISFPs show themselves to be eager learners and passionate problem-solvers, especially if they get to deal one-on-one with other people or to tackle a problem solo. People with this personality type are humble, even shy, and unlikely to put themselves on the spot by volunteering their help. But ISFPs do love to feel appreciated, and if assigned a task, they work hard to earn that appreciation.

ISFP Colleagues

Among their peers ISFPs feel most comfortable. Working with equals and giving some advice in order to solve practical problems is right where ISFP personalities like to be. While they may exhaust themselves if their role requires an excessive amount of social interaction, they are otherwise quite charming and have excellent networking skills.

ISFPs are tolerant and friendly, and usually just do what needs to be done regardless of whether their colleagues pull their own weight. At the end of the day though, ISFPs are sensitive and need to know that these efforts are appreciated – a well-placed compliment goes a long way. ISFPs do let their personal goals affect their approach to their work, which can make them a little unpredictable, but this is balanced by their desire for harmony and willingness to find win-win solutions whenever possible.

ISFP Managers

The position that feels most unnatural to ISFPs is management. They are not a domineering personality type, and take no joy in exerting control over others, planning long-term goals, or disciplining unsatisfactory behavior. But just because it feels a little strange, doesn’t mean ISFP personalities aren’t good at it.

ISFPs’ sensitivity allows them to be great listeners, helping them to align their subordinates’ personal motivations with the task at hand. They also give their subordinates the freedom to do what needs to be done to solve what needs to be solved on any given day, and ISFPs are likely to dig into that work right alongside them. This gives ISFP managers a marked style of inspiration and cooperation, and they’re usually well-liked.

Achon Dominic
4 years ago
I know so much about myself but haven't been able to interprete like you guys just did...words are really true about ISFP.thanks
4 years ago
Yup. I agree with most of you about networking. I hate to network. I don't even have Facebook or Twitter or whatsoever. I just shut myself from people. But once in a while, I enjoy being with them. And then I'll need a break to be alone.
4 years ago
I couldn't have agreed more . I could relate to every observation and description made about ISFPs. Thank you for making it accessible to us. Wish you Good luck with your Research. Best Regards, Atul
4 years ago
I also detest networking with a passion and agree with Jon, I feel that it is manipulative and agenda driven!
Gwen Turner
5 years ago
I agree with most of the description of ISFP; and can say it describes me about 85%. I do not, however, see "nearly all rules, guidelines and traditions as self-imposed limitations that make life dull and boring." I believe rules, guidelines and traditions are important boundaries that are set in place, not to limit me; but help me to soar in a relatively safe context. The list of weaknesses help me to understand why I struggle to get some aspects of my research on my dissertation; but it certainly does not limit me as I am almost at the end of my doctoral program--I guess that competitive aspect pops through in that regard (along with my faith and drive to perservere).
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