How my personality type affects me as a leader

 Strengths and Positives:

  • Strong practical skills and a very strong sense of duty.
  • Loyalty, sensitivity, and warmth
  • Ability to be practical and able to connect well with others
  • Extremely dedicated and able to “create and maintain secure, stable and friendly environments” for the people who they care about.
  • I currently think that one of my strengths in my current role is that of being a great relationship builder. I think this test shows why I do so well with relationship building and that it is likely I will continue to build good relationships when I move on to my next role. I want to create an environment in my school where teachers feel trusted, respected, and heard. I want us to work as a team to do what is in the best interest of children. I do value and respect authority which is something else that showed up in my personality test. Since I firmly believe in leading by example, I think my staff will respect and value my authority as well. ESFJs like clearly defined roles and purposes. I think this extremely important to having a positive culture at your school. When I am an administrator, I want to be as transparent as possible so people know my purpose and my vision. I think this will help people know where I am coming from and that there is a plan in place. By building relationships with them, I will have hopefully earned their trust and respect as well, so they be more apt to support my plans and initiatives.   This personality type enjoys bringing people together for a common goal and I feel like that is exactly what an administrator’s’ main job should be. Their focus should be on uniting their instructional staff for one common goal; making our students’ educational experience the best it can be.

There are also several traits associated with this personality type that could cause difficulty for an administrator.

  • ESFJs are often worried about their social status and vulnerable to criticism. These both spoke volumes to me and I know I struggle with them and will make things difficult when I enter my next role. I am a people pleaser and I don’t like for people to think badly of me or disagree with me. Growing a thick skin will definitely be a challenge. I always think of Aristotle’s quote, “In order to lead an orchestra, you have to turn your back to the crowd.” I think this applies so well to life as an administrator. I spend way too much energy worrying about what other people think of me.   In order to be an effective leader, I am going to (at times) have to find a way to not let that bother me, nor take criticism so personally.
  • ESFJs can also be inflexible and reluctant to change. This hit home as well. I typically like my way and sometimes think my way is the best and only way. I feel like I am good at getting people on board with my plan but I also need to realize that my way isn’t always the best way and I need to take other people’s thoughts and opinions into consideration.
  • I also don’t have to do everything myself and come up with everything on my own.   People with this personality trait are often considered too selfless. I don’t think ESFJs are very good at delegating so this is another area that will be a challenge for me. I think having the selfless trait will be beneficial to my staff and students but have negative impact on my personal and family life. I fear that I will be so involved with trying to improve the culture at my school that I will neglect the needs of my family and myself.

I think this personality test was spot on with what I see and feel about myself. I think I definitely possess the majority of the traits the test says I do.   Overall, I think my strengths will definitely help me in my role as an administrator. I also think that knowing what my weaknesses are ahead of time and what challenges I may have will help me be able to better prepare for my next role. It also gives me ideas on questions I should ask during my internship experiences to see how others handle tackling these obstacles.


Jul 2017

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