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ENFJ: The Teacher


Enneagram: The Perfectionist, The Helper             Keirsey Reader: The Teacher

ENFJs make up about 2-5% of the US population

ENFJs are natural born teachers. They are conscientious, devoted, and persevering in any cause, person, or institution that they believe in. They strive for harmonious relationships, are idealistic and love being around people.

The radiate a personal warmth, which being an idealist temperament (NF) is very important to them. They like to have things decided for, organized, and finalized (where the J of the ENFJ comes into the personality). They are constantly on the lookout for how to improve and perfect what they are working with. (ENFJ, Gifts Differing, Briggs Myers & Myers, 92-94)

They are capable of calling forth each learner’s potentials. Teachers are able – effortlessly, it seems, and almost endlessly-to dream up fascinating learning activities for their students to engage in. In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible.” Keirsey.com

Famous ENFJs: Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Sean Connery, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp, and Pope John Paul II.

Careers: From all of the idealists, the ENFJ is most likely to go into leadership roles in an organization, naturally, as they are drawn to teaching, connecting, and inspiring others. They need to feel as though they are making a difference in the lives of others and really connecting with people.

The Top 7 careers where ENFJs can really shine with their natural skills are:

Top 7 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk.

Some other career titles include:

  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Actor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Artist
  • Banker/Economist
  • Careers Counselor
  • Church Worker
  • Computer Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Designer
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Engineer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Facilitator
  • Homemaker
  • Human Resources
  • Librarian
  • Musician
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Politician
  • Project Manager
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist/Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Writer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info

In Leadership roles ENFJs take on an In-Charge leadership style.

“The theme is getting things accomplished through people. People of this style are focused on results, often taking action quickly. They often have a driving energy with an intention to lead a group to the goal. They make decisions quickly to keep themselves and others on task, on target, and on time. They hate wasting time and having to back track. Mentoring, executing actions, supervising, and mobilizing resources are all ways they get things accomplished. They notice right away what is not working in a situation and become painfully aware of what needs to be fixed, healed, or corrected.” 16types.com

ENFJs in relationships are very committed, caring, and loving. They place a lot of themselves into their relationship, and because they are very warm and devoted, it will bring out the great qualities in their partner. The ENFJs natural partner is the INFP or ISFP.

1 comment

1 Nadya Fadila { 06.25.10 at 6:45 PM }

Hi, Nikola. I’m an ENFJ.
Nice to read your writing 🙂

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