ISFP Personality

Your Type and Your Career



Understanding your preferences as an ISFP personality will make it easier to identify what is likely to feel 'right' for you at work and help you when you are planning a career change.

The best employment options for you will allow you to use your natural strengths and limit your exposure to tasks and situations that will drain you.

Here are some suggestions about what is likely to suit you in terms of personal strengths at work, preferred environment and your leadership style. There is also an indication of possible areas of weakness you should watch out for when you are assessing career change ideas.

Your strengths at work

  • Quietly friendly
  • Avoid conflict and disagreement
  • Loyal team member
  • Focus on what needs to be done now
  • Strong sense of inner values
  • Focus on the well being of others
  • Trusting and considerate

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  • Realistic and practical
  • Very observant of what is going on around you
  • Spontaneously appreciative
  • Good listener and teacher
  • Respond well to change

Your preferred work environment

  • Allows for privacy and quiet time
  • Co-operative atmosphere
  • Organisational values in alignment with your own
  • Unstructured and unbureacratic
  • Attractive environment
  • People orientated
  • Relaxed pace allowing time for relationships and reflection
  • Work well done is warmly appreciated

Your leadership style

  • Tend to avoid leadership roles
  • Adopt a co-operative rather than hierarchical approach
  • Build personal loyalty
  • Generous with praise and avoid criticism
  • Gently persuasive
  • Do not lead ‘by the book’ but will develop your own style
  • Will help the team focus on the detail of the task

Weaknesses you should watch out for

  • Avoiding conflict
  • Can be too trusting and so may be taken advantage of
  • May be unreliable regarding deadlines
  • Unassuming manner may mean you are underestimated by others
  • May fail to see the wider implications of the task you are working on
  • May need to be ready to offer constructive criticism on occasions when necessary
  • Tend to be passive rather than assertive
  • Do not cope well with fast paced, pressurised environments
  • Dislike abstract theories unless they can see how they can be applied
  • Can be poor at time management

These points should help you identify if a job or an area of work is worth considering. But remember that there are successful people of ALL types in ALL jobs. Particular types may find certain areas of work especially satisfying and others more challenging.

Use your understanding of your own ISFP personality preferences to help you explore and develop your career ideas, not to limit them.

Not sure if this is you?

Then take a look at the other similar types, where only one of the preferences is different. You may find that they are a more comfortable 'fit'.


Interested in personality?

If you are interested in how your personality affects your career change click here to read how your approaches to job search can be influenced by the type of person you are.

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