What Does Professionalism Mean to You, Based on Your Personality Type

When it comes to business and the workplace a sense of professionalism is important, but everyone has their own definition of the word. Here is what professionalism means to you, based on your personality type.



INFJs might have a hard time with a stiff idea of professionalism, since to them it doesn’t mean being uptight. For the INFJ being professional in a work situation means helping out the customer or those around them. They believe in being sincere and for them being professional really just means avoiding rudeness. They don’t see it as being uptight or overly stiff, to them this is a bit fake and feels completely unnatural for them. INFJs don’t see these types of stuffy people are professional, to them all they need is to be focused on getting the job done and be sure to be polite along the way.


ENFJs don’t see professionalism as strict or stuffy, to them this is a bit annoying. They don’t like being around people who feel the need to demand uptight behavior, and would rather have some sort of freedoms when it comes to their workplace behavior. ENFJs enjoy being friendly and being able to bring their personality into the mix. For them being professional just means being sincerely helpful and not getting into arguments when the customer needs help with something and maybe is being a bit impatient about it.


INFPs don’t really admire people who are overly professional, instead this becomes a bit annoying to them. People who use the excuse of being professional in order to be rude to others or ignore them, then this is certainly not something they are okay with. For the INFPs it is important to be kind to others and really only care about being helpful and sincere. For them being professional might seem a bit like an excuse and really isn’t something which they deem all that vital.


ENFPs don’t usually focus much on the importance of professionalism, they care more about being sincere and helpful. While they do realize that getting things done at work is important, they don’t feel like you have to be strict or uptight while doing it. ENFPs want to add a little bit of personality into the workplace, or else they feel completely stifled and trapped. To the ENFP professionalism can feel like a stuffy word and really isn’t something they are all that interested in.



INTJs do believe that professionalism is important and anything they can add to make themselves appear more professional, is something they deem useful. When it comes to work they believe in always going that extra mile so that they can accomplish their goals and get to where they want to be. For them professionalism means doing things the right way and always working to be efficient. They don’t believe in slacking off or wasting time when they are working, instead they want to focus on what is in front of them.


ENTJs believe that professionalism is very important, since it affects how people see them in the workplace. They focus hard on moving forward and getting things done as efficiently as they possibly can. For the ENTJ professionalism means maintaining focus and working hard to get things taken care of, and always being polite and to the point. They feel it is important to maintain a certain image that they are professional and focused on creating useful results in the workplace.


For INTPs professionalism is important when it comes to the workplace, since they know that this matters to others. They realize that professionalism helps the maintain a certain image, and they do believe in doing whatever they can to run their business or do well in their job position. Most INTPs are happiest starting their own business, and so they know that being professional and making sure others perceive them this way is important. They do believe that being too uptight is no good, but being professional and keeping things this way is important.


ENTPs do see professionalism as being sure to maintain an image which makes others look up to them. They often feel like professionalism is important in the workplace or when running a business. While they believe in being professional this is often because they know that their image and how others view them is truly important. They work hard to maintain this but still feel like adding a bit of personality is truly important.



For ISTJs professionalism is extremely important in the workplace and so this is something they value. To them it means focusing on always getting the job done efficiently and not allowing for distractions to stand in their way. They want to be sure to always remain focused and to now allow emotions to draw them away from what is in front of them. For them professionalism means always being efficient and also being polite and cordial when they are communicating with others.


ESTJs definitely believe that professionalism is important in the workplace, and they are often good at maintaining this image. To them professionalism means being efficient and always working towards improving and being polite to those around them. It means not allowing themselves to become distracted by their emotions, and to be sure that they focus on what is important. They are very hardworking people and want to be sure that their image is maintained the right way when it comes to the workplace or their business.


To the ISFJ professionalism means working hard to get things done, and always focusing on performing their tasks properly. For them it is vital to always remain focused and to work hard to be someone others can be proud of. Professionalism for the ISFJ means maintaining focus but it also means being kind to those around them and never becoming short-tempered with them. Being polite is an important part of maintaining this professionalism, and for ISFJs it really does come more naturally.


ESFJs do believe that professionalism is important but to them it means maintaining a certain image. They want to progress in their jobs and really believe it is important to be do everything perfectly. For them professionalism means doing their job right and always maintaining focus on getting things done efficiently. It also means being polite and always answering questions and being as kind and helpful to people as they possibly can.



ISTPs might see professionalism as an excuse to be uptight and constantly strict in the workplace. For them true professionalism just means getting their job done, and the rest really isn’t that important. ISTPs are often hardworking people when they value their job, but they don’t feel the need to constantly try and be perfect. They prefer to be more laid back and so to these being professional doesn’t mean constantly being stuffy and uptight.


ESTPs believe in professionalism as simply being focused and getting their job done efficiently. Sometimes ESTPs can become a bit direct with people when they are working and don’t always have a lot of patience. To them being professional just means getting the job done and being upfront about their actions and what needs to happen. They are polite people but they don’t feel the need to be overboard with their friendliness when they are focused on their work.


ISFPs can sometimes see the idea of professionalism as being an excuse to be uptight workaholics. They believe in focusing on getting things done but they also enjoy being friendly and social with those around them. ISFPs don’t enjoy feeling constantly watched or like they have to follow strict rules, even when it comes to the workplace. They value creativity and are happiest when they feel free to be themselves, instead of always worrying about how they are perceived.


For the ESFP the idea of professionalism can actually feel a bit draining and uptight. They don’t believe in being stuffy and constantly stressing about how others see them in the workplace. Professionalism can sometimes sound like an excuse to constantly be uptight around others and not really show their personality. ESFPs want to be able to express themselves in the workplace and so to them being professional should really just mean getting the job done and being friendly.



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