Here’s How Much of a Follower You Can Be, Based on Your Personality Type
Some people are natural leaders, but being incapable of following can be a negative thing. Blindly following is not the same as being capable of following a strong and intelligent leader. Being able to take a step back when someone else is more aware of what to do in a situation, is a sign of personal intelligence and a willingness to work as a team. Here is how capable of being a follower you are, based on your personality type.
INFJs aren’t usually followers, but that doesn’t mean they are incapable of it. They are independent thinkers who like to make choices for themselves when they can, but are capable of adapting. When the INFJ is in a situation where someone they respect and trust is going to be best suited to lead, they will be capable of following their instructions. They do best when they can give insights to this individual, but they are still good at following when it is the right choice. INFJs simply cannot blindly follow someone, and need to have all of the information and facts first.
ENFJs can often be seen more as leaders than as followers, but they are capable of stepping back. Most of the time they do prefer to remain in control though, and might struggle to relinquish this to just anyone. ENFJs simply like to take care of things themselves because they don’t want any mistakes to be made. They often have so many things to juggle all at once, and this can make it challenging for them to really let go. If there is a situation where someone would be better taking the lead, the ENFJ can step down as long as they are informed.
INFPs don’t usually like following, but they are capable of it in the right situation. INFPs can follow the lead of someone who they respect and trust completely. They understand that it is important to have a leader in some situations, especially if it is someone who is intelligent and capable. They simply don’t want to follow blindly and prefer being aware of what is going on. INFPs will follow someone who has proven to be trustworthy, moral and intelligent.
ENFPs really don’t like having to follow someone, and usually like to go their own way. They can have a hard time simply following someone who hasn’t proven themselves to be worthy, on top of that ENFPs aren’t fans of being told what to do. Most of the time they prefer to make their own decisions and follow a path that feels right for them. If they have to follow the lead of someone in a situation where it makes sense, then they can do so but they often need some freedom to bend the rules on occasion.
INTJs don’t usually like allowing others to lead, and often prefer to approach things in their own way. Having to follow someone else can be a challenge for them, and is something they rarely do. Unless the INTJ is shown proof of someone’s capabilities and their intelligence, they will likely struggle to follow them. They are better as leaders, or as the lone wolf taking on their tasks without the instruction of someone else. INTJs are capable of learning from people, but they still can struggle when it comes to following them.
ENTJs don’t really handle being a follower all that well, and usually prefer to lead. If they need to follow in order to progress and more forward than they will do their best to adhere to this. ENTJs are simply more comfortable in a leadership role, and often struggle to really relinquish this control. Having to follow someone else’s instructions can often be frustrating for ENTJs, since they like to think about things themselves and prefer to figure out how to accomplish the task efficiently without having to follow someone else’s rules.
INTPs can be rather independent people, and might struggle having to follow someone else. They often try to do things on their own, but they might enjoy collaborating with someone. INTPs don’t like having to follow someone else’s instructions or expectations and can sometimes feel frustrated with this. For them to be capable of following they need to have a leader who is intelligent and highly understanding. INTPs don’t intend to be this way, they simply process information in their own way and are more comfortable follow their own rules.
ENTPs might have a hard time following a leader, and are more comfortable taking charge themselves. ENTPs even enjoy collaborating and working alongside others, but rarely do they find it easy to follow someone else. They simply don’t like being told what to do, and need to feel free to follow their own path in life. Having someone else instruct them on something, can be a little bit difficult for the ENTP at times. They do like learning from people, they just don’t like having to do what they say.
ISTJs can definitely follow if the person leading is capable of doing so. They aren’t incapable of adhering to someone’s rules, as long as the person is going to give them helpful instructions. ISTJs do whatever needs to be done in order to get things finished efficiently and can often work as a team. They aren’t incapable of following someone else, and are aware that sometimes this is necessary in certain situations.
ESTJs can sometimes struggle when they need to follow someone else, because they are more comfortable being the leader. If they need to be a follower in order to progress and reach their goals, they will do what must be done. In most situations the ESTJ wants to advance in their careers and situation so that they can be the one giving the orders. They are simply more comfortable as a leader, and fit into these roles very well.
ISFJs are capable of following, especially when it is the right thing to do. They can sometimes become frustrated in a leadership role, and enjoy having someone give them useful instructions. ISFJs can certainly follow the leadership of someone who is both moral and capable of the living up to the task. Their main goal is to take care of and provide for their loved ones, and so the ISFJ will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
ESFJs are highly adaptable people, which means they can be both leaders and followers. They will adjust to the situation and do whatever must be done in order to accomplish the task at hand. If they need to lead in order to make things happen, they can step into this role with ease. If the ESFJ is required to follow someone else who is intelligent and strong-willed, they can do this very well. They simply adjust to whatever the situation calls for most, and are not incapable of following.
ISTPs often prefer to follow their own path and can actually be rather independent. Instead of wanting to be a leader or a follower, they often want to be the lone wolf. ISTPs are capable of following someone who is intelligent and actually thinks independently, but they need room to make a few decisions on their own. Most of the time ISTPs aren’t really fans of following others, and can sometimes struggle with this.
ESTPs can follow if they are in a situation where it is required of them, but deep down they don’t enjoy it. They can sometimes challenge the person in the leadership role, since they often have a hard time biting their tongue. ESTPs prefer to make their own decisions and often feel like most leaders just aren’t smart enough to get the job done properly.
ISFPs can sometimes struggle with being a follower, even though they aren’t likely comfortable as leaders. They can follow someone who trust and admire, especially if that person gives them room to be themselves. They don’t like being in situations where they have to follow someone who appear immoral or foolish. ISFPs prefer to be on their own with most things, and don’t like having to follow the rules.
ESFPs can sometimes struggle when it comes to following others, and prefer to do things on their own terms. Having to do what someone else expect of them can be overwhelming, since they need plenty of room to grow. ESFPs simply want the opportunity to be themselves and do what makes them feel happy. Following just doesn’t feel natural for them, and oftentimes they would rather be the leader.