ENFJ – Guru

Verbal and persuasive, Gurus are often teachers, coaches, leaders. They enjoy leading others to discovery and insight by exploring what can be and enthusiastically exploring possibility. People-oriented, possibility-oriented, Gurus are optimistic and urge others to take action in a supportive and encouraging manner.

Gurus are free-spirits with a plan – they intuitively see the fluid connectedness of between people, communities, systems and will their judging approach want to take action to make things better between them. Charming sense-makers, compassionate they can be very dedicated to a cause.

Gurus are about self-expression and possibilities. Their framing is very intuitive and their approach is tactical, making them great brainstormers who then take action on the ideas. As feelers in their response, Gurus will think of people first. As coaches and leaders they’re positive encouragers but may to prescriptive in their approach. “Just follow this plan”, they will encourage others.

Gurus are great communicators and always see the glass half full. They are quick to see potential in people and situations and can rally others around a cause.

Communicating with The Guru

Gurus can become impatient with sensing (S) types and thinking (T) types, finding their approach rigid and limiting. They may feel the ST type just doesn’t see the “big picture”.

It is best to approach a Guru by making feelings and intentions clear, for gaining agreement on feelings first is more likely to gain agreement with a Guru. Gurus enjoy discussing issues openly and transparently, getting it all “out on the table”.

Gurus enjoy discussing concepts, possibilities and enjoy finding creative ways to solve problems then take the necessary steps to implement the solution. Discuss possibilities with the Guru, discuss what it means, and then together formulate a plan of action.

Conflict

Gurus can be conflict-avoidant, feeling that if everyone is transparent and speaks what they truly feel that all can be resolved. Extreme stances based on pure logic will agitate the Guru, who feels that a broader perspective that includes feelings and how others might be impacted is a more rational and human approach. When in conflict with a Guru, state your good intentions in finding a resolution and be willing to listen to their side of things fully before pushing for resolution. Be sure to consider people and feelings.

Relationships

Gurus will enjoy connecting with many types of people and will be interested in learning about all types of people, cultures and differences. Gurus will find differences fascinating and want to understand what those differences mean to the whole. Being verbally adept, Gurus can hold conversations with several people at once, in fact they will find communicating with many others stimulating.

Gurus will have a wide set of acquaintances, colleagues and friends. They will enjoy helping others move past obstacles, verbally encouraging and exploring different ways to help push someone forward to learn or grow. Less intuitive types may dig their heels, finding the Guru glib and over-talkative, which can strain relationships.

Strengths

InclusiveGurus are team players and want everyone to be included. They are unbiased and welcome all types.

CommunicationGurus are persuasive and charismatic communicators and can urge others to action.

Good intentGurus see the best in people and truly want everyone to get along. They can motivate others for a cause.

Understand connected systemsGurus see the connection between people, work, and systems. They are systems-thinkers and enjoy making meaning of complex systems.

Challenges

Too idealistic Gurus can believe so strongly in a future path that is good for people that they can be too optimistic and unwilling to listen to views that contradict with their view.

Indecisive Gurus see possibilities, and consider those possibilities through the lens of emotions. If a tough decision must be made, such as terminating an employee, they will look for all other possibilities first and may delay making the decision.

Sensitive Gurus can worry too much about how others feel about them and lack confidence when challenged.

Confidence

T-Turbulent

Turbulent types are self-confident and sensitive to stress and will make changes and work at an exhaustive pace, always seeking better, improved, outcomes.

A-Assertive

Assertive types are more resistant to stress and more likely to be satisfied with the actions they take and outcomes that result.