The Advocate

This is an old post from 2018. As such, it might not be relevant anymore.

I don’t necessarily believe in “mystic” or “fortunes”, however I recently took the 16 personalities test, based on the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator and was pleasantly surprised with how accurate it seems. It says that I am an INFJ, apparently making me the rarest type: only around 1% of the population. INFJ: Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging.

I walk alongside other INFJ’s such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa.

General overview of an INFJ

As Diplomats, they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact. Though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”, as Benjamin Franklin once said. I’m a massive planner (seriously, you should see my diary…) and believe that you really do need to plan things out thoroughly to meet your goal. You need to work out where the stumbling blocks might be and plan accordingly – a Web Application isn’t a simple straight line to your endpoint, it’s like a country road: winding and swerving all over the place. Planning projects is hard, but it is doable when broken down into small, manageable, bite-sized pieces.

INFJ as a leader

INFJs are often reluctant in exercising their authority, preferring to see their subordinates as equals, coordinating and supervising people, and working hard to inspire and motivate, not to crack the whip. That’s not to say that people with the INFJ personality type have lax standards – far from it – as INFJs’ sense of equality means that they expect their subordinates to be as competent, motivated and reliable as the INFJs themselves.

This is me in a nutshell. I value colleagues, value their opinions, their work patterns, and the work they do – we’re all humans after all, everyone is created equal. What I want is to encourage others to perform better, giving advice and mentoring where required. Work them too hard, set unrealistic goals, or ill-treating them will only create the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

Piqued your interest? Go ahead and give it a try now to see which one of the 16 personalities you are.