The ENFJ type from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is labeled as “The Protagonist.” They tend to be full of confidence and willing to lead people. They are captivating and genuine making it easy for others to want to follow them. ENFJs are not afraid to express themselves and work towards solid communication. They have the ability to rally individuals together to work towards common goals. An ENFJ cares deeply for others and wants to help, standing up for what they believe in. They love bringing people together and motivating them for a cause.
Strengths & Weaknesses
ENFJs are strong leaders and altruists. People tend to put ENFJs in charge because of their natural ability to lead people. Their genuine nature makes them easy to follow and their desire to bring people together to make the world a better place can be infectious. They are charismatic, reliable, and open people. They are compelling people who know how to grasp the attention of people. They have a knack for communicating and motivating people to have a passion towards the goal the team is pursuing. An ENFJ will work their hardest not to let others down and is willing to listen to the ideas of the team even if it is different than their own.
Some of the struggles ENFJs experience involve being too idealistic, overloading themselves, taking on the problems of others, and allowing their self-esteem to easily be dictated by certain situations. Because they believe so strongly in their own ideals and principles, they are often surprised when people push back against them. It sometimes causes them to take disagreements personally to them point where it overwhelms them. They want to practice what they preach and keep their promises leaving them to do whatever it takes to stay true to their word at their own expense. When criticized or facing failure, a once supremely confident ENFJ can experience intense self-doubt.
ENFJs love people and enjoy being in relationships with others. They like the idea of helping others and working towards goals together in the context of a committed relationship. They want to see those they care for being happy and desire to see them achieve their dreams. An ENFJ tends to avoid conflict as much as possible. It leaves them either avoiding it completely or acting overly eager to “fix” something that might not need fixing which others can interpret as being needy. In general, ENFJs are dependable, loyal, and trustworthy individuals who have the ability to develop solid, authentic, and supportive relationships with people.
The ENFJ personality type is easy for people to like and follow. ENFJs can find themselves in a variety of roles at different levels in the workplace. They tend to be reliable and eager workers, accomplishing tasks with a good attitude. Their eagerness to work hard can leave ENFJs susceptible to being taken advantage of by those who will overload them with work. ENFJs are tolerant of different ideas and want people to work together to achieve goals. This makes them inspiring and motivational people which often leads them to leadership positions. Their charismatic nature can be used negatively through the manipulation of people. However, when used well, their captivating leadership style and personality can pull groups of people together to achieve their goals.
Michelle Overman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist working as a counselor for students, faculty, and staff at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She works with athletes, bridging the gap between athletics and mental health at ACU. She is becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant in sports psychology. Michelle ran her own private practice in Austin, Texas where she worked with a diverse population, including couples and families. Michelle earned a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy and has been working in the field for 6 years.