What Each Myers-Briggs Type is Like As a Boss
There are many different types of bosses, some of which are much easier to get along with than others. Whether they are passive or extremely straightforward, each boss has a different leadership style. Here is how we think you would be as a boss according to your personality type.
INFJs as bosses often enjoy allowing their workers enough creative space and room to figure things out. They can be very considerate and warm, but as bosses they tend to hold very high standards for their workers. Because they tend to see their employees as equal to them, they also expect them to perform at the same level of excellence. INFJs can be perfectionists, and while this generally makes them hard on themselves, it can make them somewhat demanding bosses. They are also very understanding and willing to hear out their workers and come to comfortable conclusions. A healthy INFJ makes for an excellent boss, since they have high expectations but are also caring and warm.
ENFJs bosses are outgoing and enthusiastic. They want to bring the entire workplace together and make sure that everyone feels like a strong team. They want everyone to feel valued and included and are very good at dictating tasks to others. They can be somewhat demanding and have very high expectations for their workers. ENFJs work extremely hard and are often capable of juggling many tasks at once. Because of their abilities to do so well in the workplace, they often expect the same level of effort from their employees. They may push others to achieve goals, but that comes from a place of support. They dislike if their leadership role is challenged and it may make them angry at their workers.
Although INFPs don’t typical seem like the ideal boss type, they are very capable of the job. They have a way of seeing goals and bringing together the best group to achieve them. They are imaginative and have a way of thinking outside of the box that makes them good bosses. Their ability to be open-minded makes them capable of allowing their workers the room that they need to get their work done. They are actually capable of dictating tasks, but do have a tendency to avoid giving appropriate criticism. Sometimes their inward personality can hold them back in a boss situation, but if they can overcome this they can be very great to work under.
ENFPs enthusiastic and imaginative personalities, make for very inspiring bosses. They have a way of bringing people together and inspiring a positive attitude that makes people want to work hard. They are not dictators and dislike the feeling of bossing others around. As bosses they come from a warm and welcoming position. They want to work alongside their employees and motivate them to feel like they can achieve their goals. They aren’t driven by a need to make rules and guidelines, but rather fuel their workers with a sense of mutual respect. They may struggle with workers who require a stricter type of boss, or when reprimanding is necessary.
INTJs may be hesitant to approach a leadership position, since they much prefer to stand back and observe. Although they aren’t always the obvious boss, they actually make excellent and natural leaders. They often know just how to strategize a goal and bring a team together to achieve it. They are very open-minded and are willing to hear out their workers ideas and value their opinions. They are very good at figuring out who to delegate specific responsibilities to, and understand what actions are needed. In some cases the INTJ may be seen as lacking emotion and can appear insensitive to more emotional workers. In the end though, the INTJ makes for an excellent boss to an understanding employee.
ENTJs will often take on a leadership role very naturally. It is a position in which they find themselves very comfortable and just naturally understand how to manage others. ENTJs are aggressive and willing to do what it takes to get their workers going in the right direction. Sometimes they can be seen as overbearing and domineering, but it comes from a place of drive and passion. They have little patience for inefficiency and lack of loyalty, and will come down hard on workers who possess those qualities. For people who are hard-working the ENTJ makes a very outgoing and enjoyable boss.
INTPs don’t naturally enjoy leading others, and often find it exhausting and frustrating to dictate. With the right set of employees they can make excellent bosses. They dislike setting strict guidelines and prefer to give their workers creative freedoms. They allow their employees to explore new possibilities and work out issues on their own. Although they allow many freedoms and dislike micromanaging, the INTP also have extremely high standards. When they are in the work mind, they are often harsh and quick to criticize. It is always a constructive criticism and is meant to make the workplace better, but can be seen as harsh to more sensitive workers.
ENTPs are open-minded and eager bosses. They are very willing to allow their workers the room to explore new possibilities and enjoy giving them creative freedoms. They are excited to discuss their ideas with their workers and want to hear from them to debate the possibilities. In the end of discussions the ENTP are often good at figuring out the best ideas to actually implement and are good at inspiring others to do so. ENTPs may lack focus sometimes and get lost in building ideas rather than organizing them. If they can come together and work with others who are goal oriented, they can make for excellent and well-liked leaders.
ISTJs have a very strong sense of duty and because of this make excellent leaders. They are not outgoing or expressive, but are capable of seeing the goals and achieving them. They are very good at dictating responsibility to others, and often know who they can trust to achieve good work. They have very high standards and dislike when their workers are slackers or do not try hard enough. They may not express emotion often, which allows them to keep their feelings out of their leadership. This can be seen as insensitive to some workers, but ultimately makes for an organized workplace.
ESTJs are natural leaders and enjoy the opportunity to dictate to others. They are often very organized and know how to put together a team. They are outgoing and enjoy being able to get along with their workers, although that is not vital. They can be seen as overbearing and tough on their employees, because they do not have patience for inefficiency. They are very willing to put in hard work to make sure that the workplace is well run and enjoyable. They may be quick to criticize if they feel like others are not living up to their full potential. They are good at setting strict rules and are willing to make sure that others achieve the goals at hand. A workplace run by an ESTJ is usually very efficient and organized.
Managing others isn’t necessary the ISFJs favorite thing to do. They would much rather work hard themselves and be able to do their job without dictating to others. Ultimately their warm personalities and great listening skills, make them very good bosses. They are extremely organized and are often very willing to hear out their workers when they make mistakes. They are good at working alongside their employees, which makes for a comfortable and inspiring work environment. They may become frustrated if their are disagreement within the workplace, and want to maintain harmony.
ESFJs have the potential to make for excellent bosses. They are very willing to lead others and do not mind dictating tasks and managing a group. They are skilled at bringing together a team and making everyone feel like an integral member of the group. They want to make everyone feel appreciated and are good at listening to their workers. ESFJs are not fans of conflict and may become frustrated if their leadership role is not respected. They value traditions and want everything to run smoothly, but also expect that their employees will not take advantage of their warmth.
ISTPs aren’t necessarily natural leaders. They like the freedom to make their own decisions, but also do not enjoy having to manage others. They give their employees space to figure things out and expect a fair amount of space in return. They aren’t easy to give positive feedback, but can be very helpful in implementing ideas. They know how to get things done and figure out how to problem solve very well. They work best with a team of workers who are good at figuring things out and observing. They aren’t the warmest bosses, but are often very fair.
ESTPs are actually very skilled in a leadership position. ESTPs aren’t the most traditional types, and dislike setting strict guidelines. They enjoy making the workplace and enjoyable environment, where everyone is able to explore new ideas. They are often disorganized and may make for a somewhat hectic boss, but are also very good at accomplishing goals. They have a way of seeing what needs to be done, and are able to show their workers how to do it. As long as their employees respect their leadership role, the ESTP will make for a fun and exciting boss.
ISFPs are definitely not natural leaders, and often do not feel comfortable setting rules for others. They aren’t fans of planning or setting goals, and dislike controlling others. As long as their workers are not eager to step over the ISFP, they can make for excellent bosses. They are able to listen to others easily and are open minded which makes them capable of implementing new ideas. ISFPs are much more comfortable working beside their employees rather than being domineering and controlling. They have an ability to live in the moment and take on problems as they come, which is an excellent skill as a boss.
As bosses the ESFP are fun and enthusiastic. They want to make sure that the workplace is an enjoyable environment, where everyone feels involved and included. Their gregarious and outgoing personalities make them exciting leaders. They aren’t great at doing the dirty work, but are very good at showing others what needs to be done. They are skilled at creating a positive work environment, where everyone is understood and appreciated.