Personality Type

ENFJ

"We are not born for ourselves alone." ~ Cicero

"In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels." ~ Daniel Goleman

"I love being in the center of the group, being a part of the group that's going through a creative process." ~ Bradley Cooper

"The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible." ~ Maya Angelou

"A man who has the knowledge but lacks the power to express it clearly is no better off than if he never had any ideas at all." ~ Pericles

ENFJ – Guru

Overview of The Guru Style

  • E – Extrovert (outward) Focus
  • N – Intuitive Framing
  • F – Feeling Response
  • J – Judging Approach
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Verbal and persuasive, Gurus are often teachers, coaches, leaders. They enjoy and are skilled at leading others to discovery and insight. This is often done by enthusiastically exploring the possibilities of what can be. People-oriented and possibility-oriented, Gurus are optimistic, supportive and encouraging and urge others to take action.

Gurus are free-spirits with a plan; they intuitively see the fluid connections between people, communities and systems and will use their judging approach to take action to make things better between them. Charming sense-makers and compassionate, they can be very dedicated to a cause.

Gurus excel at self-expression and managing possibilities. Their framing is very intuitive and their approach is tactical, making them great at brainstorming and taking action on their ideas. As feelers in their response, Gurus will think of people first. As coaches and leaders, they’re positive encouragers but may be too prescriptive in their approach. “Just follow this plan,” they will encourage others.

Gurus are great communicators and always see the glass half full. They are quick to see potential in people and situations and can rally others around a cause.

Communicating with The Guru

Gurus can become impatient with sensing (S) types and thinking (T) types, finding their approach rigid and limiting. They may feel the S/T type just doesn’t see the “big picture.”

It is best to approach a Guru by making feelings and intentions clear, as Gurus enjoy discussing issues openly and transparently, getting it all “out on the table.”

Gurus enjoy discussing concepts and possibilities, and enjoy finding creative ways to solve problems before taking the necessary steps to implement the solution. The best approach is to discuss possibilities with the Guru, discuss what they mean, and then formulate a plan of action together.

Conflict

Gurus can be conflict-avoidant. They often are of the opinion that if everyone is transparent and speaks what they truly feel that conflict will naturally be avoided or at the very least, easily resolved. Extreme stances based on pure logic will agitate the Guru, who feels that a broader perspective that includes feelings and how others might be impacted is a more rational and more humane approach. When in conflict with a Guru, state your good intentions to find a resolution and be willing to fully listen to their side of things before pushing for resolution. Be sure to consider people and feelings.

Relationships

Gurus enjoy connecting with many types of people and are interested in learning about all types of people, cultures and differences. Gurus will find differences fascinating and want to understand what those differences mean to the big picture. Being verbally adept, Gurus can hold conversations with several people at once. In fact, they will find communicating with many others stimulating.

Gurus often have a wide set of acquaintances, colleagues and friends. They enjoy helping others move past obstacles, verbally encouraging and exploring different ways to help push someone forward to learn or grow. Less intuitive types may dig in their heels, finding the Guru annoying or over-talkative, which can sometimes strain relationships.

Strengths

  • Inclusive – Gurus are team players and want everyone to be included. They are unbiased and welcome all types.

  • Communication – Gurus are persuasive and charismatic communicators and often urge others to action.

  • Good intent – Gurus see the best in people and truly want everyone to get along. They can motivate others for a cause.

  • Understand connected systems – Gurus see the connection between people, work and systems. They enjoy making meaning of complex systems.

Challenges

  • Too idealistic – Gurus can believe so strongly in a future path that they view as good for people that they can be too optimistic. They also can be unwilling to listen to views that contradict with their views.

  • Indecisive – Gurus see possibilities, and consider those possibilities through the lens of emotions. If a tough decision must be made, such as terminating an employee, they will look for all other possibilities first and may delay making the decision.

  • Sensitive – Gurus can worry too much about how others feel about them and can sometimes lack confidence when challenged.

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