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    Question Can INFJs be leaders?

    My job means that I'm a leader but it definitely doesn't come naturally.

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    They can be, but I think it depends on exactly what they're a leader of.

    If it has something to do with people, (teaching, social work, etc.) this is often where they'll shine. They're good at getting into people's head and pushing them in the direction they need to go, which is a leader's job after all.

    If it doesn't involve people... not so much. They'll probably spend so damn long thinking about what they have to do that nothing gets done. *laughs*

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    That pretty much sums me up - was a teacher and am now a principal. I can end up with long lists of things that need to be done, make a start on lots of them but then realise that something else needs to be done before I finish anything...

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    I'm not a leader in most situations, but I've noticed one where I become a leader.
    When I'm in a musical band, I normally grab the reigns by the hands and shape the music into the way I want it to sound. If people try to change something I added or subtracted from the music I get very passive aggressive and almost just want to leave the situation.

    I'm very invested in my music and if someone doesn't like it I feel as if it's a direct assault on myself as a person rather than just the music

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    I believe they generally make excellent leaders, if not the most macro natural leadership type. Leadership seems to call for goal-oriented people(Ni) and socially able people(Fe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craft View Post
    I believe they generally make excellent leaders, if not the most macro natural leadership type. Leadership seems to call for goal-oriented people(Ni) and socially able people(Fe).

    Could you explain what you mean by "macro natural leadership type"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheFlesh View Post
    Could you explain what you mean by "macro natural leadership type"?
    The more macro[socially] you get, the more thinking that is required. (e.g. president, prime minister, politics etc.) [also the more "N" is required]

    If you were a sergeant, however, more action is required than thinking. Therefore, a type with Dominant Je would generally be more suitable for the job as they prefer Je'ing more than Pi'ing.

    While INFJ's may be introverts, the introversion positively improves the depth of their ideas. Ni Dom and Fe Aux is preferred in macro-leadership. [though perhaps Ti is also required.]

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    INFJs make great leaders.
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    I've ran for several leadership positions in school organizations, and while I didn't get voted as the head of the group (president, etc.), I had a smaller leadership position. Mostly it had something to do with the creative presentation/PR of a group, such as being the webmaster and editor of the group's newsletter. Also was student counsil representative for many years.

    On the web, I'm an admin for several forums. Also being a teacher is a leader, which is the career path I have chosen. I've also ran event planning for one of the summer jobs I had.

    If there's a competent leader that is doing well in working towards a vision of positive change for the group, then I will support them. But if there's a lack of leadership in an area, I'll take over.

    I like leading others, just when others aren't motivated to pursue a common goal, it can be frustrating for me. I suppose I sit on the sidelines cos I'm usually afraid of putting my ideas out in the open if they aren't approached well by others.
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    Of course INFJs can be leaders.

    Their leadership style will be different than other MBTI types, but leadership style varies from person to person on a number of different levels anyway.

    Anyone who believes in themselves, believes in what they are doing, and has the will to project their beliefs into the world around them has great potential to be a leader.
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