In the Myers-Briggs Personality test, the ENFJ personality is often referred to as the “protagonist.” The abbreviation stands for extraversion, intuition, feeling, and judgment.
The ENFJ personality is one of the strongest types that is available to a person. People with this personality exude authenticity. They are not afraid to stand up for what they think is right. They have a genuine concern for others and want to make the world a better place.
They also find it easy to communicate with others, see the motivations of others, and bring new ideas to the table that help to find places of common ground. Although this skill is often used to create good in the world, there are some who have used their ENFJ personality traits to create a lot of harm.
There are several famous people who have the ENFJ personality type.
List of the Most Famous People Who Are ENFJ
1. Barack Obama
Although his presidency will be long-admired by some and long-hated by others, President Obama was not afraid to stand up for what he thought was right. Even in critical moments, like his “red line” with Syria, he was unafraid to back off from previous statements because he felt like it was the right thing to do. He always pushed people to think critically about who they were as a person and encouraged others to stand up for their beliefs.
2. Nelson Mandela
Mandela never complained about the treatment he received in South Africa. Even when he was imprisoned for more than a decade, he continued to push people toward a different set of beliefs. Through his activism, he was able to be part of the effort that would eventually end apartheid in South Africa, rising to one day rule the country that once perceived him as a potential threat.
3. Mikhail Gorbachev
Gorbachev was the last official leader of the Soviet Union. Although Gennady Yanayev was named acting President for 2 days before Boris Yeltsin came to power, it was Gorbachev who would push through revolutionary reforms that would work to lessen the influence of communism on the group of nations. He introduced openness, restructuring, and democratization because he felt like it was the right thing to do.
4. Johnny Depp
Often called one of the most versatile actors of his generation, Depp first rose to fame with his role on 21 Jump Street. He has served in iconic roles in film, including being the character Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series. His versatility is due to the adaptability his ENFJ personality provided, with a total gross of $8 billion globally for the movies where he has been featured.
5. Dr. Drew
Doctor Drew Pinsky might have gone to medical school to help people, but he rose to fame thanks to his personality being on display on TV and in radio. He has hosted a variety of different shows, including two different reality series, that have focused on dealing with a personal addiction to drugs, sex, or alcohol.
6. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Although Tyson is often quick to criticize others sometimes, he does so only when he feels like someone is misrepresenting the truth. Even when he is being critical, you will always find a certain calmness about him. He stays collected when he speaks, even if someone attempts to provoke him. He also works to integrate humor whenever possible into the conversation to help others learn more about what he is passionate about.
7. Joseph Goebbels
Goebbels used the positive attributes of his personality to serve the evil that was being promoted within the Nazi Party. He served as one of Hitler’s closest associates, in the role of being the Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945. He publicly advocated for discrimination, including the policies which would eventually lead to the events of the Holocaust. He joined the Nazi Party in 1924 with a doctorate in philosophy and was the first to advocate for an economy of total war in the 1940s. In one final act of evil, Goebbels killed himself after poisoning his six children.
8. Tony Blair
Serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for about a decade, Blair has focused on global change. He has always worked toward a world that was more peaceful, although his actions were sometimes questioned in retrospect. That has even led to an enquiry about potential war crimes with the UK invasion of Iraq in 2003. At the moment, he is currently focused on how the world reacts to religious extremism and what can be done to counter the issue.
9. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK wanted to create a society that would help all men be able to “rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism” because it was the right thing to do. He felt like he would be judged by others based on how he stood during times of challenge or controversy. He once said that the time is always right to do what is right. Although his efforts to create equality would eventually cost him his life, the impact of his work continues to live on today.
10. Pope John Paul II
Arguably one of the most popular popes of the modern era in the Catholic church, he worked to bridge the gap between the religious and secular worlds with a focus on science. He even felt that the role of science in the world could help to purify one’s personal perspectives on religion. He felt like human culture was a broad experience, not a narrow one, and that by working together, people could find peace. He also had a stubborn streak to him, with rigidity toward certain religious practices that he felt were right.
11. Sheryl Sandberg
Serving as an executive at Facebook, Sandberg has been at the forefront of two important conversations going on in our society right now: gender equality and personal grief. Sandberg lost her husband unexpectedly in 2015 and has spoken about how to cope with such difficulties in profound, and often difficult ways. She also serves on the boards SurveyMonkey, the Walt Disney Company, and several others. At one time, she was also Chief of Staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
There are many famous ENFJs that have changed the world in some way. Most of them worked to make it a better place, though some allowed the corruption of darkness to alter their path. This personality type might be a protagonist, but it is done with a purpose. These people want you to take a different look at the world. Then you can decide if it is the right vision for the future to follow.
Crystal Lombardo has been a staff writer for Future of Working for five years. She is a proud veteran and mother. If you have any questions about the content of this blog post, then please send our editor-in-chief a message here.