Many people gain great self-insight from their Myers-Briggs® results. However, what is often less clear is how to bridge the differences between one’s own Type® and the Types of other people.
For example – iNtuitives (“N”) prefer new ideas, favor innovation over practicality, and enjoy visualizing and theorizing more than implementing. Sensors (“S”), on the other hand, prefer facts to ideas, view obstacles as problems to solve (rather than puzzles to explore), prefer “tried and true” solutions rather than new ones, and prefer action over conception of ideas. Imagine the (“N”) boss who enthusiastically pushes his not-fully-researched ideas on the (“S”), who wants to look at the practicalities before having a discussion.
Additionally – Feelers (“F”) focus first on the values and people rather than the task, and prefer to attend to commonalities before discussing differences that require negotiation. Thinkers (“T”) analyze relevant issues before making decisions, tend to question ideas and solutions before accepting them, and are more attuned to the task than the people involved. Because directness is important to Thinkers, Feelers may perceive Thinkers’ direct stance as abrupt and may find their debate-like nature unnerving.
ESFJ v ENTP
This audio sample explores communication between an ESFJ employee and her ENTP boss. I discuss potential pitfalls of communication between these two Types® as well as strategies for leveraging communication and enhancing workplace relationships.