The ENFJ is the people organizer, warm, harmonious, and an enthusiastic champion of people who just wants to “do good.”
They make sure the needs of the people are paramount, placed in pole position on the agenda, and taken care of. They are excellent networkers who tune into what others want and are generally well-liked and popular among their colleagues. They have an innate sense of what is required and can genuinely make others feel really special. They can generally be found at the emotional heart of a group or body and will be the one making sure things get done.
As “thinking” is their weaker function, the ENFJ may suffer at times from being overly subjective and lacking a colder, slightly more dispassionate objective eye on proceedings. This also means the ENFJ may bite off more that they can chew, as their first priority is to say “yes” and take the pain away from others. During such times, the ENFJ may feel weighed down by the amount of work to which they have committed and so may see themselves as “victim,” feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated.
They want to please, impress, and make sure things run like clockwork, and when others let them down, the ENFJ can be VERY disappointed. This desire to “do good” can also mean that the ENFJ sees pleasing others as far more important than pleasing themselves, so they may run the risk of trading off honesty for harmony, for keeping the peace rather than telling it like it is.
• Popular and sociable
• Charismatic charm
• Warmly enthusiastic
Areas of Growth
• Take time for yourself.
• Set priorities and stick to them.
• Be open-minded and listen.
• Seek out an objective viewpoint.
Typically, they have a global attitude toward most situations, and they prefer to deal with abstractions. For them, ideas, dreams, and aspirations are as real as reality itself.
• Control over workload and schedule
• Being valued for contributions
• Feeling connected with others
• Honest and open communication
• Confrontational relationships
• Absence of trust
• Work that violates personal values
To function at their best
Opportunities to lead people, especially through face-to-face interaction. Harmony, support for ideas. Recognition, appreciation, and a cause or leader to work for.
Being close to an ENFJ is to be cared for and looked after by someone who is really insightful and tunes into how you are really feeling. The problem that often occurs is that the ENFJ cares with such intensity that the significant other may take them for granted, perhaps believing that the ENFJ is so self-assured that they need very little.
Indeed, they do not need much—just to be appreciated and to see the recipient appreciating their efforts. The ENFJ works hard at relationships and takes great pleasure in seeing those they care about be happy.
The ENFJ is empathetic and insightful, making connections between people. Action-oriented and people-centered, they make sure that everything is planned, scheduled, and organized, and that people are happy. ENFJs are emotional but tend to focus on other people, tuning in and bringing incredible empathy and organizational ability to bear. This means they can get “emotioned out” themselves, as they give so much.
While ENFJs will encourage trust and openness, they may not be so open about how they are feeling; they may not really think about that when they are so focused on caring and organizing for others. ENFJs tune into others. The twin attributes of insightful caring and organizational ability will mean the ENFJ will see all the interconnections between people, pick up on the cues, and work tirelessly to help solve people issues. The ENFJ is an enthusiastic champion of people who wants to make sure their needs are taken care of. They are excellent networkers who tune into people and are popular among their colleagues.
Articulate and confident, the ENFJ will be persuasive and tenacious—the one voted the leader or committee chairperson. Everyone knows they can depend on the ENFJ, who will fight the cause of the people. The ENFJ may bite off more that they can chew, as their first priority is to say “yes” and take the pain away for others. During such times, they may feel weighed down, overwhelmed, and underappreciated.
ENFJ at work
ENFJs will bring structure and impetus while at the same time making sure everyone’s needs are taken care of. Often the first to the flip chart, they capture ideas, giving everyone the chance to contribute. The ENFJ will assume the leadership role simply because they want to drive for closure and ensure that people are happy. They need to satiate their need for action and passion for people.
Naturally service-driven, the ENFJ really does care and will want to apply this energy to tangible outputs, preferably those that will help people. They need clarity, real meaning, a worthwhile output, and closure. The ENFJ loves a plan, a clear picture of where they are going, and they will work diligently toward the goal. The ENFJ will feel less comfortable with too many options. ENFJs focus on the organizational and people aspects, so they are not primarily creative. They prefer to work on making sure that what has been agreed upon is properly planned and that people are happy.
In a work setting, the ENFJ will be the harmonious team builder: good at maintaining group morale, accentuating the positive, and encouraging contributions from all team members, making the team more open and participative. The ENFJ combines the action and desire to get things moving with the people orientation associated with “Fs”. The ENFJ may not be the most creative or the one who has the best ideas, but he or she will be the one who drives for closure and brings people along, too.