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Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving (ISFP)

My personality type is an Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving (ISFP), which means I am introverted feeling with extraverted sensing. As an ISFP, I tend to be quiet, reserved and more often than not keep my feelings to myself. Due to my personality type, one of my biggest weaknesses is that I am non-confrontational to a fault and would much rather accomplish a mission with everyone originally agreeing and being on the same page rather than have to possibly put someone on the spot for being difficult to work with.

I am going to use the fact that I took the personality test to my advantage and to the advantage of the organization I work for. I will do this by understanding that not everyone has the same personality type and realizing that getting to know the personality type of the people you work with and people that work for you is a sure fire way to becoming a better leader. At the same time I will work to make my weaknesses my strengths and my strengths even better.

The common goal in both instances is not to improve myself and those around me, but ultimately to improve the organization or company I work for. Step 1 Introvert I think introvert describes my personality pretty well for the most part. I tend to be introverted, but it is not always the case. I am not comfortable in a large group of people I do not know and will far more often than not resort to being an introvert. This changes for me though if I am in group of family members or friends.

I would not go too far as to say that I am an extrovert in those situations and surroundings, but I am far from an introvert and feel confident in saying that I am closer to being an extrovert than an introvert if I am comfortable with the large majority of people I am spending time with. Sensing I definitely like seeing how something works or being shown step by step how to accomplish something first before I attempt to do something myself. I tend to depend much more on experience than I do just listening to the directions of others and trying to figure something out on my own.

Paying attention to physical reality, what I see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. I’m concerned with what is actual, present, current, and real. I notice facts and I remember details that are important to me. I like to see the practical use of things and learn best when I see how to use what I’m learning. Experience speaks to me louder than words (Martin, 1997, para. 4). I feel that I am no doubt more dominantly using sensing than intuition because I would much rather get hands on experience than to sit down for an extended period of time to try and figure out a problem.

Feeling Harmony is really big for me and by nature I am a non-confrontational person. So when first starting a project or somehow working with others in order to accomplish a mission I like to receive input from others and hope the plan that is established by everyone agreeing and coming to the same result with as little confrontation and disagreeing as possible. I think the result is important, but at the same time I will tend to be tactful and care what others think and feel.

With thinking not really being concerned with what other people think and just being concerned about the task at hand and being indifferent it shows me more that I rely on feeling over thinking. Perceiving I consider myself to be a very flexible person who tends to make spontaneous decisions when it comes to most areas of my life. More often or not when it comes to what restaurant to choose, whether or not to go see a movie, decide to go to a sporting event or a road trip those decisions will be made off the cuff, spur of the moment instead of a well thought out plan.

Things I tend to plan out and makes steps to accomplish is for my retirement savings, increasing my level of education and most importantly making sure my family is well taken care of in the future when I may not be around to do so. These several areas fall more in line with judging than perceiving. ISFP When I first saw my score as being this and it was labeled The Artist my first thought was that this test is irrelevant and meaningless because I am in no way an artist or think or behave like an artist. Another characteristic I didn’t like is when it said, “ISFPs have no desire to lead” (Personality, 2015, para. ).

One of my passions in life is leading Marines. I have been doing that for over 10 years and it is an honor and privilege to be able to do that. “A good leader or manager, and indeed, a successful organization, is able to evaluate internal strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots, so take a moment to evaluate any potential weaknesses or inconsistencies in your worldview” (Fischer, 2009, slide 5, para. 1). I take pride in being able to determine ones strengths and weakness and putting them in a situation where they can have a better chance of succeeding.

As an ISFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your value system. (Personality, 2015, para. 1). I definitely tend to focus internally and struggle at times with sharing my emotions with others. The paragraph explaining characteristics of an ISFP that I agree with the most that applies to me and makes me think the test is valuable in determining personality types is as follows: ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well.

They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people’s sense of well- being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in (Personality, 2015, para. 1). More often than not I am quiet and reserved and when put in a situation or environment that I am not comfortable in I will always resort to that.

So, overall after taking the personality test I must agree that being labelled as an ISFP is not as negative as I first thought it was and is actually an accurate description of my personality. Step 2 Question 1 Before I took this test I didn’t realize there are 16 different personalities that people have and some of them are completely different. I think how it will make me become a better employee, co-worker, manager and leader is that it will help me realize even more so that everyone doesn’t think and act the way I do and I must keep that in mind throughout my daily interactions with those I work with.

If I improve as an employee, co-worker, manager and leader but those improvement do not positively change the organization I work for then I am probably improving for the wrong reasons. Question 2 This test shows me in black and white what areas I am generally good at and areas I may need a little work in becoming better. A weakness of mine that I have had my whole adult life is being non-confrontational to an extreme to where it has been something that stresses me out and makes me feel less efficient as an employee, co-worker, manager and leader.

I believe in order to be as effective as a leader as you can be one must know their own weaknesses and how to improve those weaknesses as well as your strengths so they can be used to positively affect those you work with as well as the company you work for. Just as important as knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, a leader must know the strengths and weaknesses of those they lead. Knowing those that work with and for you is the best way to get their maximum effort and potential on a daily basis, which in the end makes the organization you are working for better.

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