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ISFJ personality type

ISFJ: Introvert-Sensor-Feeler-Judger

  • Introverts tend to be reflective, reserved and private. A popular misconception is that introverts are shy – this is not necessarily so. They draw their energy from their own thoughts and the time they spend alone. Introverts do not need people around them all the time.
  • Sensors live in the present. They rely on facts, handle practical matters well and like things to be concrete and measurable.
  • Feelers let their feelings and emotions play a leading role because of their concern for other people.
  • Judgers prefer a lifestyle that is decisive, planned and orderly. They like a life that is organized and controlled.

An ISFJ at a glance

ISFJs are warm, generous and super dependable. They have many special gifts to offer – in particular, sensitivity and a strong ability to keep things running smoothly. They are careful and thoughtful. In relationships ISFJs can be hesitant until they know people well. On occasions they can be infuriatingly modest!

ISFJ personality types are hard-working and very responsible. They follow through on both work and leisure activities with their own brand of precision and meticulousness. People depend on an ISFJ. They know ISFJs are not frivolous and will not constantly change their mind. They form a solid core of consistency in people’s lives which creates a high degree of trust.

When making decisions, developing ideas and taking action, ISFJs have the ability to excel at processing a tremendous amount of facts, data and information. Not many other personality types have this talent. And, most importantly, one of an ISFJs most charming characteristics is their sense of humor. Their dry wit is appreciated by many.

Their probable contributions to an organization

Each personality type has a different set of skills, talents and attributes that they bring to an organization, group or relationship. Here is a list of those most commonly associated with personality types like ISFJ.

  • Likes tackling projects with here-and-now benefits to people.
  • Desires privacy, peace and quiet and few interruptions, yet also views working with others as important.
  • Is practical, people-oriented and serves others. Appreciates praise and rewards for work well done.

On a team

Some people work well on teams, others work best on their own. Understanding the personality types of team members provides information about how individuals are likely to carry out their work and interact with each other. Given the personality preferences of an ISFJ, the following are the strengths (and possible weaknesses!) they will most likely bring to a team:

  • Does not seek a leadership role, but will accept one if necessary.
  • Has an open, encouraging, supporting and non-threatening leadership style
  • Focuses on the relationships of conducting business, yet stays on track with tasks.

ISFJ leadership style

Each personality type has its own leadership style, strengths and blind spots. The following highlights an ISFJ approach to leadership, provides clues as to how an ISFJ will act in a leader role, and pinpoints some of the leadership qualities.

  • Patterns him/herself after other successful leaders.
  • Works hard and efficiently to accomplish stated goals.
  • Delegates once the situation is under control, with all available facts and figures.

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