ENFJ (The Mentor)

Ready to lend a helping hand, the ENFJ enjoys serving the community and their many circles of loved ones. They value honesty, authenticity, and all-around kindness. ENFJs are typically idealist organizers, optimistic, forward-thinking, energetic and driven. They have an ability to see potential in other people and are focused on their values, visions and the possibilities for their growth.

The ENFJ personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Extraverted (E), iNtuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Judging (J). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be planned and organized as opposed to spontaneous and flexible.

The ENFJ is often referred to as the “Mentor” or “Teacher” because of their high empathy and knack for guiding others. ENFJs are typically friendly, welcoming, patient, and tolerant. They thrive on deep, meaningful connections with people they respect and admire. Socially aware, ENFJs often champion many causes or organizations.

ENFJ key characteristics:

  • Mentor-like presence, freely giving of time
  • Deeply caring and compassionate
  • Enjoys the arts, likely a creator already
  • Well-liked by the community and colleagues
  • Champions several social causes and organizations

ENFJ Careers: Work Considerations for ENFJs

The ENFJ typically prefers a holistic and steady approach to career direction as a leader or middle manager. With their patience and drive towards social causes, they excel in mentorship, coaching, public relations, and entrepreneurship.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Pinpointing needs and steps to take to fulfill them
  • Managing various groups and teams
  • Taking charge in engineering happiness and joy
  • Maintaining a welcoming and warm atmosphere
  • Bringing out the best in each individual

Areas for improvement:

  • Managing own needs and boundaries
  • Using alone time wisely for reflection rather than boredom
  • Sublimating negative feelings into positive ones (e.g. through humor)
  • Transforming conflicts into opportunities for growth and discussion
  • Giving others the benefit of the doubt too often

Career suggestions:

  • Small business, entrepreneurship
  • Fashion or art direction
  • Public relations (PR)
  • Mentoring, coaching
  • Video direction (e.g. Youtube channel)

General career paths to avoid:

  • Military forces and patrol services
  • Sales and automobile dealerships
  • Aircraft repairs or operations
  • Secondary industries, manufacturing
  • Data wrangling, engineering science

Type:  [Extraverted – Intuitive – Feeling – Judging]

Keirsey temperament group:  Idealists (NF)

ENFJ Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
  2. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  3. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
  4. Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Career matches for ENFJ's:

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