I have received direction regarding developing a leadership approach for Team A. Interestingly enough, the team I was given, including myself, is comprised of three ENFP personalities and one ENFJ. In this memo, I will evaluate the two different personality types, evaluate the situation of the team working together and determine leadership approaches. According to the Jungian personality test the team members were given, three team members rated ENFP. An ENFP personality type is described on Truity as “people-centered creators with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, ENFPs love to help other people explore their creative potential” (“Personality Types ENFP,” 2014, para. 1). ENFP people are curious about other people and have a creative style when presented with work projects. They are involved with people on a personal level and like to know the details of other people thoughts.
The team has one ENFJ personality type. An ENFJ personality type is described on Truity as “idealist organizers, driven to implement their vision of what is best for humanity. They often act as catalysts for human growth because of their ability to see potential in other people and their charisma in persuading others to their ideas” (“Personality Types ENFJ,” 2014, para. 1). ENFJ people have an emotional connection to people and are compassionate towards persons of all types. ENFJ people are compelled to help others they see as suffering with the best intentions. The ENFP and ENFJ personality types are suited to work well together. The two types of personalities are likely to share each other’s approach to their job and have a comfortable work life together.
Although the two personality types are well suited to each other, it does not mean that they will not have a difference of opinion or even get along. The two personalities should be able to set aside their differences to get their work done and produce a good end product. The Goal-Setting theory defined by Edwin A Locke will work well with the ENFP and ENFJ personality types on this team. Setting specific goals and timelines for the team to accomplish will provide the necessary work fuel to drive the team towards their goal of completing the task. “Although this notion was once viewed as counterintuitive, there is a substantial body of research showing that individuals will strive to meet even very challenging goals “Locke & Latham, 2002). I believe that Team A will do very well with the goal-setting theory to obtain the desired outcomes for the work they need to accomplish.
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