What is the ENFP Personality?

ENFP’s will almost always be found in organizations where they lead by inspiration and charisma.

One CEO referred to his ENFP Human Resources director as the company’s “secret weapon.”

The personality of an ENFP is a natural advantage in the workplace and they are often seen to be competent, based on the power of their personalities.

Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President exemplified the traits of an ENFP. He began his presidency in a period when many felt that the future of the U.S. was downward. He declared “it’s morning in America” and most people believed him. He made it possible for people to believe.  

Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both most probably are ENFP’s. They exude a feeling of caring about others are some of the natural nurturers. They are easy and natural as they give affirmation to others and are constantly drawing affirmation for themselves.

ENFPs almost always know what is going on in the life of the group and the members of it. They have one of the greatest senses of empathy for groups and their processes. They enjoy empowering and enabling groups to achieve their goals.

ENFP’s as Team Members

ENFP’s work to maintain harmony in groups.

They often preside over happy groups in fields such as human resources or project management. In our years of experience with companies, we have not seen many ENFP’s alienated from their teams.

While maintaining harmony, they are usually not seen as superficial because they value and create communications that connect them with other people. They are often brilliant communicators, easily speak spontaneously and seem to know what to say and when to say it.

ENFP’s enjoy projects that require group process and enjoy the energy of meetings and face-to-face conversations. They quickly become bored with routine and most normally find a way to escape it. They can in fact leave situations that no longer supply the type of “people energy” they require. ENFP’s like to present their own projects and ideas, even when not original.

They like to be the person who introduces the project to the group and gets them involved. They can exhibit a strong “NIMBY” (Not in My Backyard) for projects that come from other sources than themselves.

Robin Williams, an ENFP type personality, draws people into his comedy roles and routines with wit, charm and charisma. Like most ENFP’s, he can play a great many roles in life from a space alien to university professor.

What are ENFP Issues and Challenges in Groups/Best Alliances?

ENFP’s are often successful at all levels in organizations that need the kind of people leadership that organizations require. They are often the model of the empowering modern team leader. Because of ENFP’s common dislike of details, they will need to ally themselves with tactical leaders who will support the ENFP’s ability to lead in group settings.

ENFP’s and the Rest of Their Lives

ENFP’s often have a power to mesmerize other types who are drawn to their people and communication skills. They have a wide circle of friends and naturally attract an ever-widening circle. At the same time, the ENFP can become bored in both business and personal situations and make drastic, sudden changes. Because of their empathy with people, even those who are weak and not very functional, the ENFP can fall into dysfunctional relationships.

ENFP Fast Facts


ENFP’s will almost always be found in key places in organizations where they lead by inspiration and charisma. They work well with senior management and are one of the few Feeling types consistently found in management. They take the “hard edge” off of hard things in organizations and gain consensus for change. They almost always know the pulse of the organization. ENFP’s are seen as the leaders that people will willingly follow and can broker difficult decisions between parties that are at odds with one another.


ENFP’s can dazzle people in the initial stages only to experience their star falling because they depend too heavily on their considerable interpersonal skills and charisma at the expense of doing the work to grasp complex issues and difficult decisions. They have low boredom thresholds and drop their enthusiasm for people and situations often inexplicably. They suffer from the NIMBY syndrome and dislike solutions and initiatives they themselves did not discover.


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