ENFPs are the heady individuals—creative, quick, impulsive—who will get up in the morning thinking of how many possibilities the day may bring. They are excellent at devising new ways of doing things and at bringing a totally unique and fresh perspective to people, projects, and situations. People-centered, caring, and spontaneous, ENFPs will be excellent at getting things started, and they’ll do so with energy, enthusiasm, and zeal.
ENFPs may not be so good with follow-through, as they are interested in exciting possibilities and may move on to “the next big thing” before the previous “big thing” is completed. They can find overwhelmingly and utterly compelling reasons to convince others of their point of view and will be animated, expressive, and full of life. ENFPs are impatient, wanting things to happen now, and will not comprehend deferred gratification—and they usually have the determination to make it so. They will discover, nurture, and support talent in others, seeing the good in people and genuinely wanting to see others succeed. And ENFPs will know exactly which buttons to push to motivate each individual.
• Charming and enthusiastic
• Knows everyone and everything going on
• Able to do almost anything he/she wants
Areas of Growth
• Develop self-discipline.
• Be more objective in arguments.
• Take time alone to set goals.
• Structure time to take care of details.
The basic attitude of ENFPs is one of credulity, enthusiasm, and idealism. They tend to see good and potential in everyone and everything. They are not troubled by the paradoxical, and they relentlessly pursue their high ideals.
• Variety and challenge
• Being taken seriously
• Freedom to create innovative solutions to problems
• Having to reach closure
• Being disrespected
• Being overloaded with details
• Micromanaging supervisors
• Being bound by rules that inhibit creativity
To function at their best
Acceptance and appreciation for their unique contribution and creativity. Recognition for achievements and a lot of encouragement. They need harmony and care.
Warm, caring, spontaneous, and concerned about others, ENFPs have very strong personal values upon which they base their decisions. They are committed to their friends and will move mountains to help someone in distress. Having an ENFP on a team will ensure that the mood is kept light, that everyone feels valued, and that the ideas flow freely. In personal relationships, ENFPs have a great deal of people-centric charm, which makes them likable even to more formal, serious characters despite their unconventionality. They are outgoing, fun, and genuinely like people. As friends, they are warm, affectionate, and disconcertingly spontaneous.
Optimistic and hopeful, the outgoing and cheerful nature of the ENFP belies a more sensitive soul who can take criticism to heart and who needs to be liked. ENFPs are emotional people who tend to be at the heart of dramas. Their genuinely caring nature means they will ensure that the mood is kept light, that everyone feels valued, and that the ideas flow.
The ENFP does not like conflict and will be the one at the heart of the action, bringing peace and understanding. Warm, affectionate, and disconcertingly spontaneous people will like and trust the ENFP. ENFPs are by nature very caring, and they do not like seeing anything they perceive as unfair or unjust. However, their style is to bring it all together in harmony, rather than go into battle.
ENFP at work
ENFPs like to be surrounded—by people and by interests—and this drives them and stimulates their energy. They need to be busy, juggling lots, and are great in moments of crises and when things are heating up. Their natural flexibility and caring nature means they will be loyal and positive members of a team. Very little will get ENFPs down, and they will work tirelessly for the cause until it becomes tedious. Then, they will have to force themselves to finish or will need to go and find something else to start. Their positive attitudes are great for engendering enthusiasm and maintaining morale. However, sometimes they may get taken for granted and not get the respect or affirmation they feel they deserve. This would be incredibly demotivating for ENFPs, who may well withdraw and find their energy has depleted.
ENFPs provide such a fresh, creative spark to organizations, with their can-do attitude and their ability to see good in everything and everyone. However, they are “Fs.” When a value is transgressed, it can deflate them, and the organization will not get the best out of them. Fresh, spontaneous, and flexible, ENFPs will bring a whole new perspective, enthusiasm, and energy to roles and organizations. Once a project becomes mundane or gets into too many details, ENFPs may want to move onto something more interesting.
ENFPs are at their best in a flexible work place where relationships are valued, where people are taken care of, and where there is a strong social element and camaraderie. ENFPs need the feel of lots going on, crises, and people chatting, and they prefer no formal structures. This is where they get energized and are at their best.
Their caring and effervescent nature plays nicely to customer contact, but ENFPs may not be best at formal follow-through. ENFPs want to be at the heart of things and want to make a difference, but they need an outlet for their incredible energy and creativity. They do not want to be constrained by tradition.