Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Well Each Personality Type Works with a Team
Some people are natural leaders, while others simply dislike feeling the pressure of being in a group. Here is how well each personality type works with a team.
INFJs are introverted, which often means they work best on their own. They can struggle to integrate with a team if the other members are headstrong and noisy. INFJs do work well with people they trust however, and can often make a great team out of people they know and love. When it comes to a larger group of strangers though, INFJs might struggle when it comes to working with those people. They might become lost in the crowd, and feel like they just want to take their part of the work and do it on their own. INFJs often do not need or want the help of others to get things done, and work best as a lone wolf in these situations.
ENFJs often work great in a team and even do well as the team leader. They have a natural skill for calming down a room full of people, which makes them excellent mediators in a team. They know how to bring people together who would normally have trouble in a team. This makes ENFJs great team members and even leaders, creating an excellent and positive atmosphere. ENFJs can work alone just fine, but thrive when they are working with a group of people. They especially do well if they are with people who aren’t afraid to take orders and don’t become intimidated easily.
INFPs often prefer to work by themselves, and might feel uneasy in a group setting. They dislike being put on the spot and group work often forces people to perform. INFPs do best when they can work on their own and have plenty of space to think things through. They will do well working with a small group of people they trust, and can actually build a team this way. If the INFP is surrounded by loved ones, they can often find a way to work well with those people. When they feel overly pressured INFPs often become uneasy and distracted from the task at hand.
ENFPs are extremely charismatic people, and are often excellent in team settings. They know how to take initiative if they have to, but are also good at following instructions. ENFPs know how to smooth things over when people aren’t getting along, using their charm and wit to balance things out. They often feel more comfortable working by themselves though, since they are good at most tasks they take on. ENFPs might prefer having one or two people they trust with them, and will thrive in a smaller team setting like this. They are very adaptable people though, which helps them in many situations.
INTJs are definitely the lone wolf types, and prefer working on their own in most situations. They often struggle to deal with team settings, simply because they dislike being around most people. If the INTJ is allowed to choose their team, they will do much better. It takes a lot for the INTJ to trust someone, and they dislike having to work in a group with people they do not have faith in. INTJs can get things done themselves, and prefer to have silence and space in order to solve the problem at hand. They usually would rather avoid teamwork, but they can adapt to most situations if they have to.
ENTJs often do great in a team setting, and might even thrive if they are allowed to work with others. They love being able to instruct a group of people, which makes them excellent team leaders. ENTJs are not afraid of taking the initiative, and will often be capable of seeing how to best lead a team. They are skilled at figuring out a plan of action that will help the entire group perform to the best of their abilities. ENTJs might struggle with team members who are lazy or inefficient though, and will likely try to remove those people from the group in order to get things done.
INTPs are independent individuals, and often do better working alone than they do in a team. If the INTP has to work with a larger group they can feel overwhelmed and frustrated. INTPs might actually do best working with one other person who they trust and can bounce ideas off of. They do enjoy being able to suggest different thoughts, and have the other person propose their own ideas. Sometimes just discussing their thoughts with another individuals can really help the INTP finalize their ideas. Working with a large team can be more trouble than it is worth for them though, and INTP often prefer to work alone.
ENTPs are very adaptable people, which makes them great at working alone or in a team. When the ENTP is in a setting where they can bounce ideas off of other people, they will definitely thrive. They love being able to explore different possibilities, and working with a team helps them do this. Having other people who are logic minded and can really bring something to the table, is very exciting for ENTPs. They can sometimes get lost in the many possibilities though, which makes them do better with team members who can help them get back on track when necessary.
ISTJs usually do their best to work with others when they have to. They are hardworking and will never avoid doing something if it is required in their workplace. ISTJs often prefer to work on their own though, and do best when they have space to research and understand something fully. They can often find ways to integrate themselves into a team though, and will certainly pull more than their own weight. They are often good at blocking out the obnoxious people in the team, and will do their best to focus on what needs to be done.
ESTJs are excellent at working in a team, and often do better with a group of people. They are often seen as group leaders, and are not at all afraid of taking initiative. ESTJs want to feel like an important member of their community, which makes them feel more at ease working with others. They are extremely hardworking people, and will often take on the more difficult team tasks. ESTJs do well in different team environments, and are great at taking command.
ISFJs can sometimes feel uneasy in group settings, and become anxious if they are forced to perform in front of others. Having to think on the spot and feeling pressured to come up with helpful ideas, can cause the ISFJ to feel overwhelmed. They are often very hardworking people though, and can quickly become the peacekeepers of the team. ISFJs do better if they are working with people they know and trust. They do often prefer to do things on their own, but they can definitely adapt to working in a team.
ESFJs are excellent at working with a team, and are skilled at altering the mood of the room. They can often keep the peace between other members of the team, and are great at creating a positive atmosphere. ESFJs might not always want to be the team leader, but somehow they end up being the glue within the group. ESFJs are excellent at working with people, which makes them naturals in a team setting. They also don’t mind working alone though, and might even prefer being able to analyze things without feeling pressured to perform in front of other people.
ISTPs certainly prefer working on their own, and become uneasy if they are forced to work in a team. They are charismatic people, and can make friends rather easily, but that doesn’t mean they actually want to. In many situations ISTPs prefer peace and quiet in order to get things done properly. They enjoy being able to analyze and problem solve without having other people looking over their shoulders. ISTPs are definitely not better working with a team, and prefer to handle things on their own.
ESTPs are hardworking and charismatic people, but they aren’t really team players. They often prefer to get things done by themselves, and feel held back by most team members. ESTPs don’t mind working with a couple people they trust, but only if those people can pull their own weight. Most of the time the ESTP would rather handle things on their own, and actually becomes stressed out when they are forced to work in a group setting. They certainly love being social and adventurous, but this is usually outside of a work setting.
ISFPs are not really team focused individuals, and often do best on their own. They can become frustrated by other people’s behavior, especially if some of their team members are obnoxious or loud. ISFPs prefer peace and quiet, and want to be able to do things on their own terms. Having someone constantly judging their actions is only going to make the ISFP feel uneasy and frustrated. They prefer to get their tasks done alone, or possibly with a close friend or loved one by their side.
ESFPs often work great in a team, and prefer being around other people. They are excellent at bringing up the positivity in a group setting. They only problem with ESFPs and working in a team, is that they can try to turn things into a party, instead of getting things done. If the ESFP is balanced by focused individuals, they actually make a great addition to a team. They will be able to lighten the mood when others become too stressed and tensions get high.