ENFJ, INTP, ESFP, these are examples of personality types that are associated with the famous Myers Briggs personality test. There are 16 possible combinations that one can receive after taking the test. On a side note- I am an ISTP!


The first pair is either an E (extroversion) or I (introversion). An extrovert is someone that at the end of a long day needs interpersonal connection to recharge their batteries whereas an introvert would rather spend time alone at the end of a long day. The next pair is S (sensing) and N (intuition). Sensing is the attention to detail, you rely on the physical reality like things you can see, hear and touch. While the N is a reliance on abstract ideas and theories, instead of experience. T (thinking) and F (feeling) are the third combination in the MBTI personality types. A thinker is more neutral in decision making, they’d rather weigh the pros and cons of a situation and a feeler would want to choose the decision that would cause the most harmony amongst those involved. Finally is the J (judging) and the P (perceiving). A perceiver would rather experience and understand the world as it comes at them rather than organize situations. A J prefers an orderly and planned way of life; they want as much control as possible, totally opposite of a P. For more detailed about the letter definitions for MBTI, check out the Myers Briggs website here.

As for why knowing what your personality type is, you’ll find that each type has certain characteristics associated with them that highlights different qualities in a person. Those qualities can either help or challenge you while in a leadership position. Everyone has a different leadership style, matching your personality type to your leadership style can serve as an extra strength for you as a leader. But along with growing as a leader, the MBTI helps you also grow as a person. While you become aware of how your qualities can be applied to leadership, you’ll also find ways of how your personality type can affect your everyday life.

Personality Pathways, is a phenomenal website that helps you to, “explore personality type and it’s applications.” It’s full of information regarding how Myers Briggs is applied to careers, and even has articles and books for you to read to help you understand what your personality type means.