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The INTJ Personality Type: How to Lead and Prosper in a World of Chaos and Confusion

Updated on November 28, 2014

There are many types of leaders with destructive habits and traits that inhabit our world. This one fact has the potentiality to shed enormous light on why there is such confusion and chaos when it comes to the processes and structures that constitute modern global society. It seems that many of the leaders that are chosen to lead our most revered institutions, whether they are corporate, educational, political, or religious, do not exemplify the needed attributes and personal character to govern efficiently, effectively, honestly, and impartially.

All of this really boils down to personality type. When choosing leaders to lead cutting edge organizations and institutions, most people look primarily for leaders who possess four qualities, which are good looks, charisma, oratory skills, and extensive experience. However, none of these skills or traits is conducive to creating the positive change that our global society so desperately needs.

This is because oftentimes these particular characteristics are rooted in individual pride and accomplishment, which does not produce the fruit necessary to benefit people on a collective level. This is why having a working knowledge of personality and intrinsic traits are so vitally important for organizations of every stripe in the 21st century. Our collective knowledge of personality derives from the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates.

Hippocrates taught that all human beings have one of four temperaments, which are choleric, sanguine, melancholy, and phlegmatic. Each one of these temperaments is known to have both strengths and weaknesses. However, Carl Jung, a renowned psychiatrist and psychologist, expanded the essence of personality on a broader level, and revealed that there are essentially 16 types of personality that comprises humankind.

One of these types of personality is known as INTJ, which stands for introversion, intuitive, thinking, and judging. Statistical studies have revealed that the INTJ is the rarest of personality types and that only 1 to 2 percent of the global population possesses this type. Unfortunately, people who possess these attributes are not seen as leaders, because of their introverted demeanor.

However, the skills and traits that are associated with this type of personality are precisely the same ones that are needed to exercise effective leadership, which are as follows:

Listening

The ability to listen is a skill that is very rare among positional leaders in many types of organizations. This is due mainly because of the aggressive and assertive nature of many of these leaders. Due to the introversion of the INTJ, this gives them the ability to listen to a broad range of opinions and suggestions, and then to formulate their own ideas and hypotheses based on the conclusions. A strong virtue of the INTJ, due to their analytical abilities, is to be able to discern their own wrong conclusions and then change course based upon clear and logical reasoning.

Delegation

The second attribute, when exercising a leadership position, is the ability to effectively delegate. This is because these people have a solid discernment of what they can and cannot do. One of the main values of the INTJ is the incessant need for excellence and efficiency. If they feel that they are deficient in a specific area, they will gladly delegate that to an individual who they perceive can do the job better. This cannot be said of many modern leaders.

Perception

Due to their almost divine like intuition, INTJ’s have very strong and accurate perceptive abilities. They can notice small subtleties that have the potential to cause great disruption if left unnoticed and unchecked. In addition, they have the ability to accurately predict potential obstacles, and therefore, formulate strategies to overcome those obstacles when they arrive, or by preventing them all together.

Communication

This type is very detailed oriented and will go to great lengths to communicate what precisely needs to be done in order to get the job done. Although detached in some ways, these types of people make great trainers and consultants. They know what, when, and how things need to be done in order to produce a well oiled machine.

For those of you who are an INTJ, please do not despise or regret your intrinsic nature. You have many great gifts and talents to offer. The best way to prosper in a world that seemingly embraces superficiality and excessive social discourse is to market your genius and ideas through entrepreneurship and freelance consulting and writing. One day the world will recognize and regret what they have missed out on.



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