ENFP Leadership

This section ENFP Leadership is about the strengths and weaknesses of ENFPs in leadership and management roles. I also offer some suggestions for leadership development.

ENFPs are passionate, inspiring leaders who make great evangelists. Their energetic, encouraging and warm nature draws a lot of people to them and their positive vision for the world often influences people to follow their lead. Having a wide network of contacts, they are very resourceful at finding the right person for the job.

Leading Self

ESFPs generally live an unplanned life, preferring to take their life one day at a time. They do not like to be tied down by commitments; rather they want to do what is pleasurable and pleasing to them in the moment.

They are also not easily bothered by things of the past or things of the future; they put their focus on the present tasks.

Their focus on the present will also mean that they find it hard to do something that is unpleasant, even though that task may sometimes be necessary. They do not like to set goals for this reason. There is nothing they feel they need to achieve, no state they need to reach; the purpose of life is simply to live the present fully.

Setting the Vision

ENFPs are natural at setting visions for the organization. Unless it infringes on their values or beliefs, ENFJs are flexible with the organizational vision; they will gladly host brainstorming sessions and exploring different possibilities and welcoming others to offer their input before deciding on a single direction.

However, ENFP leaders need to take note not to try to do too many things and just stick to one direction. Too many ideas, projects or visions will simply confuse the staff; in the end, the team trying to achieve too many things at once may end up achieving nothing.

Connecting with Others

ENFPs are encouraging leaders who will seek to develop their staff to their fullest potential. When they make decisions, they will think also about the growth and development of the individuals involved.

They are appreciative and supportive; seeking out the good in others’ to praise. In the workplace, ENFPs will create an atmosphere of friendliness, sincerity and openness.

However, ENFPs may find it hard to give negative feedback or criticism, even when it is necessary for the progression of the group. They prefer to keep their language positive and encouraging, but this approach may not yield the desired effect. Likewise, they find it hard not to take criticism personally, often become personally offended when none was intended.

Accomplishing of Goals

ENFPs are resourceful and creative when it comes to executing their vision; they instinctively have innovative solutions to present challenges they face.  They are also comfortable with shared leadership, preferring to give their team independence to execute tasks.   

However, ENFPs could become bored with details and the more routine nature of execution, so they may end up leaving others to do the legwork for them. This behavior may cause them to lose credibility, being seen as someone who talks but does not act. Also, ENFPs may have issues staying focused on a single project, allowing their need to variety to divide their attention.

ENFP Leadership Development

Here are some tips for development:

  • Follow through on your inspiration

    You may tend to run from one idea to another all too often, and then leave others to do the execution when something else catches your eye. You may leave your team over-committed and overworked as a result. Learn to streamline your activities, stick to one idea and resist the temptation to run to another even if something else catches your eye.

  • Share your vision in tangible terms

    Your big ideas and vision may inspire some, but it may be considered too vague by some others. Learn to break down your vision into simple steps to take and add deadlines to each of these steps. When people are clear about their roles in your vision, they are more likely to be motivated to complete it.

  • Look at the bottom line

    Because you are empowering and encouraging by nature, you tend to take a positive, learning point of view toward the work of others. If the work is not up to standard, you may tend to start instead of reprimanding the person. Learn to balance your desire to teach and develop with clear expectations on others’ behavior and performance. 

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