Portrait of the Teacher (eNFj)
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The Idealists called Teachers are abstract in their thought
and speech, cooperative in their style of achieving goals, and directive and
extraverted in their interpersonal relations. Learning in the young has to be
beckoned forth, teased out from its hiding place, or, as suggested by the word
"education," it has to be "educed." by an individual with
educative capabilities. Such a one is the eNFj, thus rightly called the
educative mentor or Teacher for short. The Teacher is especially capable of
educing or calling forth those inner potentials each learner possesses. Even as
children the eNFjs may attract a gathering of other children ready to follow
their lead in play or work. And they lead without seeming to do so.
Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and this
expectation, usually expressed as enthusiastic encouragement, motivates action
in others and the desire to live up to their expectations. Teachers have the
charming characteristic of taking for granted that their expectations will be
met, their implicit commands obeyed, never doubting that people will want to do
what they suggest. And, more often than not, people do, because this type has
The Teachers are found in no more than 2 or 3 percent of
the population. They like to have things settled and arranged. They prefer to
plan both work and social engagements ahead of time and tend to be absolutely
reliable in honoring these commitments. At the same time, eNFjs are very much at
home in complex situations which require the juggling of much data with little
pre-planning. An experienced eNFj group leader can dream up, effortlessly, and
almost endlessly, activities for groups to engage in, and stimulating roles for
members of the group to play. In some Teachers, inspired by the responsiveness
of their students or followers, this can amount to genius which other types find
hard to emulate. Such ability to preside without planning reminds us somewhat of
an ESFJ, but the latter acts more as a master of ceremonies than as a leader of
groups. ESFJs are natural hosts and hostesses, making sure that each guest is
well looked after at social gatherings, or that the right things are expressed
on traditional occasions, such as weddings, funerals, graduations, and the like.
In much the same way, Teachers value harmonious human relations about all else,
can handle people with charm and concern, and are usually popular wherever they
are. But Teachers are not so much social as educational leaders, interested
primarily in the personal growth and development of others, and less in
attending to their social needs.
Mikhail Gorbachev is an example of a Teacher Idealist.