6 Myer-Briggs Personalities You’ll Encounter at Work
Working with a team can be challenging; you’ll have to deal with employees of different personality types, with each having its own effective ways to be motivated. A diverse workforce can especially be seen in teams consisting of employees with different roles such as in MicroCreatives – we are composed of diverse and well-rounded creative individuals including graphic designers, web developers, copywriters, and animators.
While most creatives have their own way of being inspired, people tend to be affected by their emotions and emotional motivation could be the key to get them to work more efficiently. Focusing on six of the most common personality types encountered at work, below are some of the things that motivate the INFP, ENTP, ESFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ, and ESFP types. This serves as good reference not only to leaders who are managing a diverse workforce, but also to all members of the staff in order to work well with each other. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) served as the basis for the personality types.
THE HEALER (INFP)
● Open-minded and flexible
● See and value harmony
● Dedicated and hard-working
● Severely altruistic
● Too idealistic
● Takes things too personally
● Difficult to get to know
INFPs are mostly calm and reserved with a knack for understanding others. Other than being referred to as ‘healers’, INFPs are noted for their mediator personalities. They communicate effectively and understand well beyond means. If there’s an INFP in your workplace, chances are they are guided by their not easily deterred values, kindness and seeing the beauty everywhere they go and within people they meet and work with. They’re calm and reserved and they are huge idealists. INFPs are some of the most creative, artistic people who excel due to their knack for the arts. They are simply great at what they do. If you work with an INFP, you’ll notice how good they are at seeing new ways of creating something, which can usually be difficult for other personality types to visualize. They can also cultivate your creative side more through wit and humor. To motivate an INFP, delve deeper into their creative minds. Inspire them with work that needs to be done uniquely.
THE VISIONARY (ENTP)
● Quick thinker
● Great at brainstorming
● Loses focus easily
● Not too practical
ENTPs are quick to analyze and figure out various situations and challenges. Expect ENTPs to always be ready to influence others and be ready to engage in intellectual discussions that will challenge your ideas. Other than being ‘visionaries’, ENTPs can also be noted for their debater personality and for being honest. They will stand for something they believe in. Due to their constant quest for knowledge, they appreciate brainstorming at work. Unfortunately, they are also known to have poor follow-through at work. To motivate an ENTP, encourage quick thinking by giving them tasks that can be approached in an unstructured, slightly different way. Additionally, if they see something that seems impossible, it’s in their personalities to make it work and will definitely find the challenge fun.
THE PROVIDER (ESFJ)
● Strong practicality
● Sense of duty
● Sensitive and warm
● Great at connecting with others
● Cares too much about social status
● Unwillingness to improvise/innovate
● Susceptible to harsh criticism
● Too needy, but selfless
Considered to be one of the more common types, ESFJs make great leaders who know how to effectively encourage and support everyone around them. Other than being providers, ESFJs can also be noted for their consul personality that loves social order. Be careful not to hurt their feelings since they can feel dejected especially when their ideas are shut down or when people are just plain uninterested. To motivate the ESFJs in your workplace, provide information in a structured and organized manner. ESFJs make excellent managers – they have a strong need to belong. They also do best when it’s possible for the work they do to improve someone else’s circumstances. ESFJs have good follow-through and would love to see the result of their hard work
THE SUPERVISOR (ESTJ)
● Perfect organizers
● Cannot relax
● Cannot express emotion
● Cares too much about social status
● Easily uncomfortable in odd situations
Supervisors or ESTJs can be noted for their executive personality. They are reliable, honest, and dedicated and they lead by example. Let an ESTJ show how to completely reject laziness, procrastination, and cheating. Those with this personality type know how to work hard and do not take shortcuts. Although they can sometimes also be noted for being stubborn or inflexible, they are still capable, and with their hard work, they are able to make even the most complicated tasks seem easy and less intimidating. ESTJs can be seen as the model citizen – they know how to uphold the law, help others when they can. Trouble for those with executive personality comes when they fail to recognize that people can be different and not everyone will be on the same path towards the same goal. While they are great leaders, their shortcomings start from being a bit too judgmental, together with their difficulty to express themselves freely.
THE INSPECTOR (ISTJ)
● Responsible, dutiful
● Enforces order greatly
● Does things by the book
● Blame themselves a lot
● Difficult, stubborn
While inspectors or ISTJs are introverted, they do not work in isolation or find the need to be isolated. They are great at understanding and delivering, especially when they know the project or task’s completion and success solely relies on them. When at work, ISTJs are best at meeting standards, they can also work on detailed plans of action through following by example, and they are very good at not being distracted and deviating from the goal in front of them. Unlike other people who shy away from responsibilities, ISTJs actually thrive and love the “burden” of having to be responsible for their actions. They take immense pride in what they do and can be counted on their accuracy, especially their patience. Other than being called inspectors, ISTJs are also referred to as logisticians – they are very dedicated, which allows them to accomplish a lot without being distracted. Inspectors live up to their name of inspecting or analyzing their surroundings first, along with the facts and information, and they never make baseless assumptions.
THE PERFORMER (ESFP)
● Focused on aesthetics and showmanship
● Great with people
● Avoid all types of conflict
● Bad at long-term planning
ESFPs are performers, they love being in the spotlight and strive to impress others. Their personalities dictate that they work best when given the freedom to do their thing without having to hold back. They will easily step out of their comfort zone even when no one else wants to. Also referred to as entertainers, ESFPs are great with people. They’re so observant that they’re born naturals at paying attention to people. They get a lot of attention themselves as well, since they’re often very talkative, witty, with easily contagious happiness to boot. At work, ESFPs are loved for their strong sense of independence and resourcefulness. However, ESFPs are also known to have it hard when criticized. They’re sensitive to criticism and feedback, do not make detailed plans for their future, and can be unfocused. When working with a talented but slightly turbulent ESFP, allow them enough freedom and nurture their spontaneity in the workplace. Tell them they do a great job and paint a picture of how others will definitely be impressed when they get the task right the first time.
There is a total of 16 personalities under the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory. So while the six personality types mentioned above are the most common personalities you will meet in a diverse workplace, there is also a possibility that you will encounter employees that do not fit into the six personality types mentioned above. All in all, learn that all personalities are unique and have good points on their own. Learn how to harness and nurture the good before rejecting the bad.