Myers-Briggs personality type – INFP is my profile

I took the Myers-Briggs personality test and for the second time in a span of seven years, and  my personality type is of INFP.  If you are unfamiliar with it, it stands for Introvert-iNtuitive-Feeling-Perceiving. While it is not advisable to label anyone based on the test, I must admit, I am not surprised by my type.

The one thing which I must bring forth is that there is nothing right or wrong about any personality. I got a feedback from my colleagues  in the workshop for Myers-Briggs, that a person with a higher “Feeling” point, will not be able to take “right” decision. The assumption is that, it requires a more “Thinking” personality type, who uses facts to decide.

In coming to my own defense, it is impossible to be a good manager, if you do not feel and think about taking decisions. It is impossible to not feel what you are doing, it is just that we suppress it. 

We know – for example, someone not performing well needs to be given an honest feedback. But, it need not be a regressive communication, but it can be a conversation that will be inspiring moment of truth for the other. Now, how can one do it, unless you feel for the other.

 I believe it is the calling at work which drives you to go beyond what anyone else would do. It is not the personality type which matters how well you do. And yes, one’s emotions are not a prized trophy to flaunt at the workplace – but what one feels about a situation does make a difference in breaking barriers, building behavior and ensuring trust.


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