Temperament: NF Idealist
Temperament: NF Idealist
Empathetic, high energy, charismatic, and humorous, ENFJs are “people” people who tend to develop instant rapport with others. ENFJs are usually comfortable sharing personal information about themselves early in a relationship, and often drawing the same out of others. Their exceptional social skills, genuine warmth, passion, and high positive energy attract others to them. ENFJs spend a great deal of time connecting on a “personal level” in their work relationships and maintaining a large professional network, and become drained by long stretches of time working alone.
ENFJs are much more “idea generators” than they are “detail people,” and they love to discover “win-win” solutions that have a long-term positive impact on people. There are two phases of most projects or meetings: 1) the initial “big picture,” “vision setting” stage; and 2) the logistics or “action items” stage. ENFJs often shine during the former, and gain much more energy from creating, rather then from executing. They typically enjoy those “blank page” assignments with maximum creative license to design the vision from scratch and find an original, “out-of-the-box” approach to a complex problem.
Highly emotionally intelligent, ENFJs are great at “reading” the emotional state of others, and excel at delivering difficult messages with compassion and diplomacy. They thrive in collaborative environments, and have a gift for persuasion and building consensus. ENFJs are happiest when they are inspiring others, helping them gain a new perspective and reach their maximum potential in life. Naturally empathetic and sensitive, ENFJs tend to “wear their hearts on their sleeves,” and often feel things more deeply than others. They sometimes have immediate emotional reactions that are often visible, and they are quick to address others’ emotions.
“Good enough” is not typically part of the vocabulary for an ENFJ. Blessed with tremendous focus, will power, and perseverance, ENFJs constantly push themselves to reach any goal they have set out to achieve. Not big fans of “winging it” or surprises, ENFJs find lack of closure to be anxiety producing. As a result, they typically prefer to plan way ahead, and over prepare whenever possible.
ENFJs have minds built to immediately connect concepts and ideas, as well as people. They easily remember immense amounts of information about each person in their often large network, and have a knack for connecting people who have shared interests. Gracious and warm, ENFJs are also the type most naturally gifted at hosting parties, and have a way of making others feel like the most important person in the room.
ENFJs quickly see the positive potential in other people and constantly seek to inspire others to reach their maximum potential. Colleagues feel encouraged to aim big, and just being around an ENFJ can provide them with the boost of confidence needed to accomplish their goals. Careers advance and projects get done – all much faster due to the presence and efforts of the ENFJ.
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