I have taken a number of personality profiles and assessments over the years. The two I have found to be the most helpful are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Gallup Strengthsfinder 2.0 Assessment.
I have taken this one many times over the years, and the results are always the same: ENFP = “Idealist: Champion.”
Here are a few descriptions of this type:
“Enthusiastic. Imaginative. Energetic. Creative. Warm. Future-oriented. Individualistic. Insightful. Caring. Optimistic. Possibility focused. Open. Novelty seeking. Spontaneous. Playful” (source).
“Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency” (source).
“Like the other Idealists, Champions are rather rare, say three or four percent of the population, but even more than the others they consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life. Champions have a wide range and variety of emotions, and a great passion for novelty. They see life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil, and they want to experience all the meaningful events and fascinating people in the world. The most outgoing of the Idealists, Champions often can’t wait to tell others of their extraordinary experiences. Champions can be tireless in talking with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out. And usually this is not simple storytelling; Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of all the types.
Fiercely individualistic, Champions strive toward a kind of personal authenticity, and this intention always to be themselves is usually quite attractive to others. At the same time, Champions have outstanding intuitive powers and can tell what is going on inside of others, reading hidden emotions and giving special significance to words or actions. In fact, Champions are constantly scanning the social environment, and no intriguing character or silent motive is likely to escape their attention. Far more than the other Idealists, Champions are keen and probing observers of the people around them, and are capable of intense concentration on another individual. Their attention is rarely passive or casual. On the contrary, Champions tend to be extra sensitive and alert, always ready for emergencies, always on the lookout for what’s possible.
Champions are good with people and usually have a wide range of personal relationships. They are warm and full of energy with their friends. They are likable and at ease with colleagues, and handle their employees or students with great skill. They are good in public and on the telephone, and are so spontaneous and dramatic that others love to be in their company. Champions are positive, exuberant people, and often their confidence in the goodness of life and of human nature makes good things happen” (source).
I took this only recently as part of an initiative at our church. I was pleased to see that my strengths fit well with a senior pastor type of role. One interesting thing I noted was how my top five were spread across what they call the “Four Domains of Team Strength,” namely Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking. I had one strength in each of these categories, and two in Influencing. I choose to call this “well-rounded” instead of unfocused. 🙂
- Input: “People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.” “Look for jobs in which you are charged with acquiring new information each day, such as teaching, research, or journalism.” “Partner with someone with dominant Focus or Discipline talents. This person will help you stay on track when your inquisitiveness leads you down intriguing but distracting avenues.”
- Positivity: “People especially talented in the Positivity theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.” “You probably will excel in any role in which you are paid to highlight the positive. A teaching role, a sales role, an entrepreneurial role, or a leadership role will make the most of your ability to make things dramatic.” You tend to be more enthusiastic and energetic than most people. When others become discouraged or are reluctant to take risks, your attitude will provide the impetus to keep them moving. Over time, others will start to look to you for this ‘lift.'”
- Activator: “People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.” “Seek work in which you can make your own decisions and act on them.” “You can transform innovative ideas into immediate action.” “You possess an ability to create motion and momentum in others.”
- Achiever: “People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.” “Select jobs that allow you to have the leeway to work as hard as you want and in which you are encouraged to measure your own productivity. You will feel challenged and alive in these environments.” “More work excites you. The prospect of what lies ahead is infinitely more motivating than what has been completed. Launch initiatives and new projects. Your seemingly endless reserve of energy will create enthusiasm and momentum.”
- Maximizer: “People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.”
Source: The “Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide” the assessment generated.