ENFJ personality type

By Dr. Edwin van Thiel

Updated on May 20, 2022

An ENFJ at a glance

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The ENFJ is named The Giver or The Mentor/The Protagonist, acts with finesse towards others just like INFJ, INFP and ENFP. Realizing dreams, their own and those of others, is what life is all about for an ENFJ. They are outgoing, enthusiastic, articulate, empathetic, decisive and above all, passionate about life! ENFJs are productive and organized people that are very energetic. They are usually very good at anything that captures ones imagination and interest.

Because their self-confidence and enthusiasm is contagious, people enjoy being around an ENFJ. They love their straight-forward approach, directness and drive to get things done. An ENFJ has the ability to juggle several thoughts and projects at the same time.

They get a kick from their current achievements and are excited about the possibilities of the future. The MBTI test was the first to distinguish the ENFJ type out of a total of sixteen personality types possible.

ENFJ workstyle and contributions to an organization

Attribute, talent, and skills cannot be equal when considering each personality type's presence in an organization. Here is the list of those most commonly associated with the ENFJ personality types:

  • Brings energy, warmth, enthusiasm, fun and cooperation to tasks.
  • Seeks to be fair and ethical.
  • Shines under appreciation - the greater the appreciation, the greater the dedication to an organization.

An ENFJ on a team

Each personality type knows whether their best working condition is teaming up or not teaming up. Choosing the best condition for a team helps in an easy workflow and process. The following highlights the ENFJ personality type benefits and shortcomings to a team.

  • Is a natural leader and facilitator.
  • Brings structure and organization to the group along with humor and sensitivity.
  • Develops plans with the project's value or ideal in mind, then supplies the energy required to complete it.

ENFJ leadership style

Every leader has their style, strengths, and blind spots. Given below are the leadership approach and qualities of an ENFJ personality type.

  • Is a facilitator, not an autocrat.
  • Inspires and persuades others through his/her personal convictions and passion.
  • Demands consistency between organizational goals, actions and values.

Communications style

Effective communication is what every individual needs in any given organization as it's a vital means of achieving success. Yours and others' listening and expression abilities play an important role in achieving a great outcome. Each personality type has its specific effective communication strategy, and here are the ENFJ personality types' communications style:

  • Speaks with energy and excitement.
  • Replies quickly and thinks on his/her feet.
  • Prefers talking in person, rather than communicating through written reports.

Problem solving

Ways of solving problems by each person vary. Given below is the list of the ENFJ personality type-specific ways of solving problems:

  • Immediately looks for the potential in a situation.
  • Collects input and feedback from others.
  • Concentrates on the group's interests and ways that will uphold the organization's values.

Stress Profile

Individual physical and emotional abilities are affected by stress. The more stress undergone, the tougher it becomes to maintain a steady workflow and relationship. When each personality type is in a strength and blind-spot situation, they rely on their least favorite function to operate.

Stress triggers
  • Feeling misunderstood, distrusted, undervalued, or not taken seriously and not having the opportunity to discuss an issue to get it resolved.
  • Feeling pressed to conform to a popular view they find distasteful.
  • Having too many demands upon them.
Stress profile characteristics
  • Optimism and enthusiasm turns into seclusion, inertia and dejection.
  • Can seem depressed, feeling vulnerable and unworthy.
  • Tends to actually feel numb inside, seeing only a bleak future.


Each personality type has a workstyle and environmental situation preference. They become active and deliver optimum results in suitable conditions. The following highlights some of the work situation preferences of the ENFJs, and key characteristics they look for or try to avoid in work. These key characteristics indicate how an ENFJ personality type would typically like to be managed or related to:

  • Prefers working in a people-oriented environment that is supportive, organized and where a spirit of harmony prevails.
  • Is bored by purely task-oriented jobs.
  • Is frustrated when he/she feels left out of the lines of communication.

ENFJ Learning style

Each personality type has the best condition that works for them when learning. Knowing this condition makes it easier to structure specific on-the-job training or classroom instruction. The ENFJ personality type learning structure is listed below:

  • Learns best when he/she understands how the material is connected to helping people and their lives - a Periodic Chart without "meaning" is a Periodic Chart that leaves an ENFJ cold.
  • Performs best in a structured learning environment and likes completing tasks.
  • Feels interaction with others and talk about the lesson are very important.

Opportunities for Growth

It's wise to have what it takes to be ready for any opportunity, as an opportunity can come from any angle, whether from your least preference or most preference area. To grab the opportunity when it comes, it's best to build new skills in the least favorite preference areas. Here are some of the ENFJ personality type obvious blind spots and areas to pay attention to:

  • Let go of some control; sometimes you are seen as too "bossy."
  • Consider loyalties carefully - avoid becoming blindly loyal to a group, project or cause that is unworthy of your dedication and passion.
  • Realize that others might not follow through with their commitments - not everyone shares your devotion.

ENFJ: Extravert-iNtuitive-Feeler-Judger

Jung type ENFJ

  • Extraverts are outgoing, energetic and action-oriented. They are enthusiastic and expressive
  • iNtuitives pay more attention to information that is imaginative and original. iNtuitives focus on the future.
  • Feelers let their feelings and emotions play a leading role because of their concern for other people.
  • Judgers prefer a lifestyle that is decisive, planned and orderly. They like a life that is organized and controlled.

Jung personality types

There are sixteen Jung personality types. Take a free Jung personality test or learn more about the Jung typology.