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  1. Solongo

    Solongo Well-known member

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    I found this written article interesting and thought it may give some insight into what it may take to master our functions for the greater good. The author wrote it best so I am linking the article. Feel free to discuss the article.
    link: http://www.darbright.com/infj-masters-and-leadership/


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    It’s been some time since I’ve visited this subject about INFJ Masters and personal development. It’s not an easy topic to share on since life mastery covers many many areas.
    But if INFJ Masters do have any characteristic, it is the ability to lead through their vision, inspiration and dedication to the cause.
    [h=3]INFJs and Forecasting The Future[/h] From my experience, INFJs tend to have the ability to forecast the future. By saying this, I don’t mean that INFJs can see what WILL happen in the future, but more towards the ability to see the probabilities of certain events taking place.


    How Introverted Intuition (Ni) Works for INFJs
    Someone has ever asked me to describe how Ni works (Ni being Introverted Intuition). The best way I can describe how this dominant function in INFJs work is through the following:
    The INFJ Introverted Intuition (Ni) works to forecast or anticipate the future by taking as many factors into account as possible. It’s based within a framework of understanding the larger picture, how the possible human behaviors work within that larger picture, potential push and pull factors, current momentum, anticipated future events, surrounding elements of a person’s social circle and network.


    INFJ Ni Takes EVERYTHING Into Consideration
    When an INFJ looks towards the probable futures, he or she takes everything into account and applies an intuitive weightage towards each factor. Based on everything, the INFJ then makes an educated and intuitive guess about what the future will be.
    INFJs who have developed their Ni and understanding of global forces will also be able to anticipate global changes and trends based on current and possible future events. This is a major reason why INFJs are so dedicated towards humanity.
    They can “see” the direction and future of mankind.
    [h=3]INFJ Masters and Leadership[/h] What does forecasting the future have to do with becoming an INFJ Master?
    The truth is, an individual is not able to change or influence the future on his or her own. If he or she is able to gather, influence and share his or her vision with a group of people, the INFJ Master will have leveraged his ability to influence the future of his community and society.
    Many INFJs who are able to forecast the future have yet to develop this leadership ability. Not because they aren’t able to, but by nature INFJs prefer to stay out of the spotlight and allow others to shine. Hence you find INFJs are typically the “shadow masters”, or the people who influence from behind the scenes.
    But if you are an INFJ seeking a life more fulfilling and purposeful, leadership is something that you inevitably must learn.
    There are many forms of leadership. INFJs do not lean towards the showy and blustery style of leading. Instead, because of their desire to get things done (from their “J”ness), they tend to lead by example and usually get involved with the actual work.


    Other Leadership Traits of an INFJ Master


    An INFJ Master leads by sharing his vision and passion, usually inspired by the need to help humanity. His values typically border on doing things for the greater good and towards a balanced, vibrant and growing community (as one of the things that also guides an INFJ is the need for growth).
    An INFJ Master not only inspires others through his vision of the future, but also by lending his efforts towards making sure processes are in place, people are engaged and fulfilled, others have ownership of the vision and that basically everyone is taken care of in every way possible.
    But Mastery comes not only through the ability to lead, but also knowing when to lead and when to allow others to lead. Through his or her understanding of the future, an INFJ Master’s ability to read a person will allow him to guide another who is more fitting for a position to step up and shine.
    Whoever is best for that job is given that job, because through his or her performance the greater community benefits.
    INFJ Masters also learn to set aside their own desire for being out of the spotlight to take up the reins if necessary.
    When the future of the people they care about is at stake, there are things more important than staying in the shadows doing their own thing.
    An INFJ Master is able to set aside his own desire for peace and quiet, because he understands that this physical life is temporary. As much as he desires to linger beside quiet waters, bubbling streams and the coolness of nature, if there is work to be done…. an INFJ Master does it until it is.


    Does this mean that INFJ Masters don’t have their own fears, misgivings and setbacks?
    INFJs tend to be harder on themselves than the people around them. Each mistake, no matter how slight or inconsequential, can linger on his or her mind for days until they have made peace with it.
    With their strong Fe (Extroverted Feeling), they are aware of how things are and how they should be. For them, the saying that for those who are given much, much is expected, holds true. With their strong abilities to intuit and feel, they hold themselves to higher standards because they “know better”.
    Yet, being human, mistakes are inevitable. Emotions and feelings hold sway over rational and logical judgement. People make mistakes.


    INFJ Masters and Self Acceptance

    INFJ Masters have learnt this and understood that they are also a part of humanity and are susceptible to mistakes. They have learnt to accept that they are not perfect, to acknowledge when they have made a mistake and then take the necessary actions to correct them if possible.
    In many ways, an INFJ Master doesn’t just work on his external environment. His or her work takes place in both worlds, internal and external. As he works on developing and improving the external world around him, he is also constantly working on improving the inner world that exists within.
    INFJ Masters, in their leadership, do not show they are “perfect”. Instead, they acknowledge their humanity and connection with everyone else. It is through this acknowledgement of connection that helps to bring everyone together. It is through the realization that change and growth can only come if everyone works together instead of against each other.
    One message that is important and resonates through the soul of INFJ Masters… is the message that we are all connected at varying levels and in varying degrees. What one person does will ultimately affect another because no one is truly separate.
    It is because of this understanding and awareness that INFJ Masters strive to better humanity and society, sometimes to their own cost. Yet it is also because of their awareness of the soul that they have the drive to push beyond physical barriers, knowing that there is life on the other side of the veil.
    INFJ Masters light the way.
     
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    Really enjoyed this post! The website the article was on had another great article about INFJ's and purpose. Nice reading.
     
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    Hmm. First of all, they wrote well. A lot of this makes good sense for an INFJ-- albeit the dynamics between groups in particular might be different.

    But if there's a critique, I have to be honest that the way they call 'INFJ Masters' as if we're masters of the world is....rather off-putting.
     
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    Absolutely INFJ's are the leaders of leaders.

    In amazonian tribes our personality types tend to be the mystics and the shamans living at the edge of the village but sitting to the right hand of the chief during meetings.

    Our role in society has been taken away from us and we must all learn how to act like our devil function (8th out of 8 functions) to survive in the Si world.

    We will take back what is rightfully ours and guide the child who wears the crown away from his own self destruction and in the process assume our rightful place is masters of our world and servants to the universe.
     
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    What's off putting about saving the world through humanitarian means?
     
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    Trifoilum find wisdom, build hope.

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    pedestals and impossible standards. >_<
     
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  7. [MENTION=884]solongotgon[/MENTION] - thanks for the link - have bookmarked it as there are some other insightful posts which I'll read when I get a few minutes.

    I think INFJ's are very good at thinking strategically (for the greater good) and facilitating/reflecting back other people's thoughts in a non-judgmental way. It's a shame that a small minority of people think that we are manipulators and divisive in nature.
     
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    the article is right in saying that INFJs are very good at predicting the main trends of closed future...they are kind of like a weather barometer.
    This rare capacity and in my opinion available only to INFJs (INTJs can do it also, but to a much lower degree and extend) has been overloocked in MBTI, bit not in Socionics. Any strategic team is doomed without at least one INFJ.

    INFJs who are good at this can be masters in bussiness, but very few have discovered this talent in them.


    Edit:
    As for INFJs being "leaders"...nah, let's just let this to other types.
    INFjs can be some kind of leader, but more of a idealistic one, in a Ni fashion, "follow the purpose", like a horse with glasses that goes on and on whihtout stoping...that's INFJ leadership style. But true leadership is much more broad, and requires great responsability, something that INFJs seriously lack, by how I see things.
     
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