When we think about what kind of personality leadership qualities are inherent in nature, then ENTJ and ESTJ first of all come to mind Powerful organizers, logic and rationals – who else can lead the team and lead the project? 

However, among leaders there are often representatives of other types of personality, and at the same time they are quite effectively coping with their role. Someone succeeds at the expense of adherence to the idea, someone at the expense of flexibility, and at the expense of the ability to convince. Let’s see what leadership style is typical for each type.

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MBTI personality types and leadership style

ISTJ – Leader, focused on the details 

ISTJ – cautious leaders. Each indication is verified, weighted and justified. Before embarking on a project, they must make sure that they have clear instructions and a realistic plan of action. These are very responsible people who will personally go into all the details, take into account all the factors, weigh the pros and cons. Such leaders always try to be objective and fair. 

Disadvantages:ISTJs are overly attentive to details, so they sometimes risk losing sight of the global perspective. And besides, they rarely take into account the emotions and needs of their employees. Tact and empathy – this is not their strong point. Therefore, if an ISTJ leader wants to motivate and inspire employees, he should seek advice from the sensitive and intuitive team members.

ESTJ – Decisive Leader 

ESTJ are objective and honest leaders. They manage to make a tough decision in a short time and quickly organize the work of the team. They are very practical, rational, choose the most direct and short way and strictly adhere to a given direction. 

Disadvantages: ESTJs are so focused on making an objective decision in the interests of the project that the feelings and emotions of various people do not matter to them. In addition, they may be irritated by the ideas of irrationals or intuits, which lead away from the direct achievement of a goal. However, in the middle of life with the development of extroverted intuition, ESTJs welcome brainstorming sessions with representatives of intuitive types at meetings.

ISFJ – The pensive leader of the 

ISFJ are very conscientious and dedicated organizers. They make plans and set deadlines, taking into account the personal interests of the team members. It is important for them that a harmonious relationship be maintained within the group. These are thoughtful and detail-oriented leaders. They always carefully study the source data, suggesting the consequences of the decisions taken. Often willing to sacrifice personal interests for the sake of the interests of the team. 

Disadvantages: for ISFJ is not always a simple matter of priorities. Sometimes the overall picture or strategy eludes them, while they solve the issues of eliminating confrontation within the team. In such cases, logics and intuits can effectively help them move on.

ESFJ – The generous leader of 

ESFJ is hard workers and charismatic people. They are trying their best to provide the team with a comfortable atmosphere, unanimity, cohesion. In a crisis situation, ESFJ leaders help and support others, often neglecting their own interests. 

Disadvantages: Although ESFJ are experts in diplomacy, they can get lost in long-term planning. They are easier to solve short-term tasks. It is also very difficult for them, if necessary, to make tough decisions that can affect feelings and relationships in a group. Logic and intuits who will help them maintain a strategic vision of global goals, as well as balance objectivity and logic with the need for harmonious relations, will be good advisors of such a leader.

ISTP – Tactical Leader 

ISTP – calm and observant leaders. They are objective, unbiased, always immersed in exploring opportunities, making plans and choosing tactics of movement for success. They themselves prefer to work alone, without involving a huge number of people in the process. Therefore, they often provide their employees with the freedom to find solutions. ISTPs are very effective in times of crisis, quickly troubleshoot, choosing the most logical approach. 

Disadvantages:ISTPs are set to solve the problems of the current moment, but they don’t like to make plans for the distant future and set global goals for the team. They can also be indifferent to the emotions and needs of people. Such leaders like to work alone, so they, as a rule, do not have a strong attachment to the workplace. If their vision does not coincide with the values of the company, it is easy to leave such work. In leadership positions they can be assisted by intuits and sentimental advisers.

ESTP – Fearless Leader 

ESTP – charismatic and optimistic leaders. They perfectly see the possibilities and try to use them, weigh the pros and cons and find the quickest and most logical way. ESTPs solve problems on the fly, endure adversity with courage and optimism. As a rule, these are excellent speakers with a great sense of humor. They are able to present their plans in such a way as to motivate others and support their morale. 

Disadvantages:ESTP effective in solving short-term problems. Strategic planning is not alien to them, but ESTPs get tired of thinking about long-term prospects. They greatly value personal freedom, so they are trying to actively delegate routine and mechanical tasks to their employees. Also, they don’t like to stay in an organization for a long time if the work requires too much time from them.

ISFP – Sensitive Leader 

ISFP – unassuming, empathetic and compassionate leaders. They are good listeners, ready to accept different points of view. Best of all, they lead projects that are aimed at helping people in critical situations. When making decisions, they will first assess how much it is consistent with their conscience and values, and then what impact they have on the people involved. 

Disadvantages: ISFP is very flexible and practical, and can be upset by the need to make long, scrupulous reports in the office for a whole working day. Also, trying to meet the expectations of many people, they often turn out to be overloaded with tasks. They are not easy to give tough orders and dismiss employees. In addition, their decisions are not always logical and objective.

The best advisors for them will be the logic and intuits that will help focus on long-term plans and make the right decisions to regulate relations in the team.

ESFP – Charismatic leader 

ESFP – resilient and inspirational leaders . They love active interaction with people in the framework of a common project. They know how to inspire and unite others. Before making a decision, they need to be inspired by the thought of the result. And if the prospect attracts them, they will try to organize the process so that the needs of all the people involved in the project are taken into account. 

Possible problems: ESFP – very active and freedom-loving. They do not like routine affairs, and also long-term obligations. Such leaders are very effective in spontaneous problem solving; they don’t like to be puzzled by long-term planning issues. 

Farsighted intuits and sober logic will be good advisors for them.

INTJ – The Strategic Leader of 

INTJ – Farsighted and Rational. They are guided by their intuition to see strategic paths to a future goal. At first they will think over long-term prospects, then they will think about how to achieve them most logically and effectively. Their calm, focused behavior inspires confidence in others. 

Disadvantages: INTJs can get so involved in strategic tasks that they overlook important details. In addition, they may lack tact and empathy towards employees. They are not easy to find motivating words. 

INTJ leaders will benefit from advisors who will turn their attention to important details and suggest how to maintain team morale.

ENTJ – The Persistent Leader 

ENTJ emit confidence and determination. These are very insightful and ambitious leaders. With them you can be sure that even the wildest dreams can be translated into reality. They are not inclined to care about the needs and feelings of others, but their diligence and personal example of hard and dedicated work will inspire and motivate others. When making decisions, such leaders initially think that they will help achieve the goal as quickly as possible, and then how to achieve a sustainable effect in the long term. 

Disadvantages:ENTJ is not inclined to take into account the feelings and needs of their teammates. And also, trying to quickly reach the goal, they may lose sight of important details. Such leaders will be helped by a team of intuits helping to implement innovative ideas, sensors that collect the necessary database and feel that will help to take into account the personal needs of people.

INTP – The non-traditional leader 

INTP is a very competent and democratic leader. They give the team a say and welcome independence in making decisions. However, if they see that the situation is out of control, they immediately take control in their own hands. INTP have a high ability to anticipate the future course of events and try to convey their vision to all team members. 

Disadvantages:INTP – extremely autonomous people. They are tired of leadership positions in the system of strict planning and time frames. They need space to think creatively. These creative people hate routine and bureaucracy, they are upset by immersion in details and small details. The best advisers of INTP leaders are extroverts that help them to establish a relationship with the team, and sensory devices that draw their attention to important details.

ENTP – Innovative Leader 

ENTP – initiative, forward-thinking and competitive leaders. They understand the market trends and strive to offer a new and original product. The ENTP crisis is seen as a time of opportunity. They inspire employees with their determination and visionary orientation. First, such leaders outline a strategic goal, and then choose the most logical way to achieve it. 

Disadvantages:Upon discovering new features, the ENTP can leave the current project unfinished and switch to a new one. They find it difficult to prioritize, which can lead to delay. And besides, their employees and colleagues may feel discouraged and overloaded with tasks, not succeeding in setting priorities for the leader. Such a leader would be very helpful feeling adviser, who will tell him how to motivate and support the morale of employees.

INFJ – Perceptual leader 

INFJ – insightful and farsighted leaders. They are most often found in leadership positions in the humanitarian sphere. Such leaders set themselves global strategic goals and are looking for innovative ways to achieve it. INFJ are perfectionists, but, being very demanding of themselves, they believe in their team and do not forget to express recognition of their merits to employees. When making a decision, they will first assess the long-term perspective of the project, and then how it will affect the people involved in it. 

Possible disadvantages:INFJs strive to achieve the perfect result, so they often burn themselves at work. Very often, they keep their opinion internalized, having difficulty in communicating their vision to others. INFJ may be overly critical of others; they try to ignore conflict situations. The best helpers of INFJ are extroverts with thinking preferences that can make them contact with others and maintain objectivity.

ENFJ – Passionate Leader 

ENFJ – charismatic and motivational leaders. They always convince by example. Their leadership function is not limited to the organization of the work of others, they are actively working together with the team. The leaders of ENFJ are very disciplined and motivated people. At the same time, they tend to take care of their team, showing empathy and tact. 

Disadvantages:ENFJ hate conflicts, so they try to avoid them as far as possible, restrain criticism and show softness. This kind of avoidance sometimes leads to a negative situation. In addition, ENFJ are prone to making hasty decisions despite an objective and logical course of action. Logics and irrationals will be the best advisers to such leaders, who will help them see an objective picture and alternative solutions.

INFP – The sincere leader of the 

INFP – passionate, caring and sensitive leaders. Most effectively, such leaders realize themselves in the humanitarian sphere. They are open to innovations and changes, ready to listen to all points of view. In addition, having excellent writing skills, they can convincingly convey their vision to others. INFP are trying to improve this world. When making decisions, they first consider how it corresponds to their life values, and then how it will affect the people involved. 

Disadvantages:INFPs are trying their best to create a favorable atmosphere for their team. They try to avoid conflicts and criticism, which sometimes leads to the exact opposite result. In addition, they may have difficulty with planning, tend to lose sight of the details and do not always fit in the right time. Logics and rationals will help the leaders so much to help them stay objective and rationally plan their work.

ENFP – Inspiring Leader 

ENFP – passionate reformers . Their vocation is to search for innovative ways to change the world, and their favorite leadership style is to brainstorm and think over proposed ideas. They like to give the team the opportunity to solve issues on their own, they are always open to new ideas and different points of view. Initially, the ENFP will consider the possible outcome of the decision made, and then how it will affect the people involved in the process. 

Disadvantages:The problem with ENFP is prioritization. Inspired by the new idea, they can leave the project unfinished. And also do not like to keep track of the details, missing important facts and nuances. Such managers will be greatly assisted by SJ advisors, whose element is prioritization, detail tracking, and step-by-step planning.

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