How INTJs’ Dominant Function Helps Document Thoughts, Ideas & Insights

The dominant function of INTJs is the ability to discover patterns within complex systems. This affords INTJs the opportunity to create solution-based intellectual property that transforms organizations, industries, as well as society at large.

The Myers & Briggs Foundation (n.d.) outlined what a dominant function is by stating:

This first and favorite function is like the captain of a ship, having the most important role in guiding us, and it becomes the type core of our conscious personality. This is called the dominant function.

During the first part of your life, you come to rely on your favorite function, and you tend to develop the most skill with it.

Team Technology (2020) outlined a critical aspect of INTJs’ personality as:

The dominant function of an INTJ is the perceptive one of intuition. This means you like looking at information from a global viewpoint, spotting new patterns and relationships that lead to an understanding of the key issues.

You focus more on possibilities for the future than the here-and-now, and you enjoy intellectual challenges and variety…

You may therefore seek to develop an understanding of how the world can be, wanting to understand the patterns underlying your observations of the world around you and the way in which the team or organization works.

Drenth (n.d.) further noted that:

Although INTJs are classified as Thinking types, their dominant function is Intuition, or more specifically, Introverted Intuition (Ni). In seeing the world through Ni lenses, their typical mode of operation is well described as impressionistic. Rather than noticing or concerning themselves with the details of the world around them, their existence is more cerebral or dreamlike.

How INTJs’ Dominant Function Helps Document Thoughts, Ideas & Insights
 

Further CognitiveProcess.com (n.d.) suggested that:

The INTJ theme is strategizing, envisioning, and masterminding.

Talents lie in defining goals, creating detailed plans, and outlining contingencies.

Devise strategy, give structure, establish complex plans to reach distant goals dictated by a strong vision of what is needed in the long run.

Thrive on putting theories to work and are open to any and all ideas that can be integrated into the complex systems they seek to understand. Drive themselves hard to master what is needed to make progress toward goals.

The dominant function of INTJs allow them to become thought leaders and subject matter experts with ease. The thinking and behavior of INTJs make it such that creating and disseminating innovative and groundbreaking thoughts, ideas, and insights are second nature.

Thought Leader Defined

Brosseau (n.d.) says “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.

Over time, they create a dedicated group of friends, fans and followers to help them replicate and scale their ideas into sustainable change not just in one company but in an industry, niche or across an entire ecosystem.”

Becoming a thought leader within any field requires more than spewing mere opinions and a recitation of your years of experience. With no barriers to entry, anyone with a website, smartphone, or blog can become a thought leader.

However, using intellectual property to stay top of mind within your profession requires a different skill set. You must be able to discover, diagnose, and solve problems pertinent to your industry’s needs.

And this becomes an essential skill for creating a body of work that makes you influential, as well as become immortal within your industry.

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Here are a few tips for INTJs to begin documenting and sharing your ideas.

Document Your Intelligence. Let’s face it; there are a lot of smart people in the world. However, if you were to Google any number of these individuals, it would be difficult to find a prolific body of work. Many professionals earn great salaries and hold lofty positions, but have not documented their intelligence through articles, books, and videos.

Thought leadership is a way of documenting your work as an evangelist for an intellectual cause. Thought leaders demand that their net worth matches their intellectual contribution. The beauty of creating intellectual property online is that once you create the material, it exists in perpetuity.

Your thought leadership efforts continue while you sleep.

Outsource intellectual property development. Use different formats to document your solutions. Articles, books, podcasts, and videos are excellent ways of establishing trust and credibility. Since professionals have very little time to create intellectual property, there are cost effective ways of outsourcing this task.

Fiverr.com and Upwork allow you to hire freelance writers, editors, and graphic artists to create intellectual property at reasonable prices. Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn posited that: Ninety-four percent of B2B marketers use LinkedIn as a content distribution channel, compared to Twitter at 89%, Facebook and YouTube, both at 77%, and Google+ 61%.

If you have content to distribute (which you definitely should), LinkedIn should be your first stop. “It’s where most B2B marketers go first.” (Gallant, 2019).

However, never leave your finished products in the hands of others. Make sure any freelance work you contract reflects your core beliefs and ideas. Tweak or modify any work to place your imprimatur on your creations.

Automate your thought leadership process. Creating and curating information on blogs and social media sites can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there is software that allows you to schedule content distribution weeks in advance and automatically post information on designated days.

Buffer.com is a great choice when you don’t have time to share information manually on a daily basis. Currently, you can post up ten (10) articles for free, after which there is a small monthly fee.

With the advent of technology and social media, it is easier to become a thought leader today. You don’t have to rely on a book publisher like Simon & Schuster or major broadcasting networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS to select you.

As a marketer, Seth Godin says, “Now, you can pick yourself.” However, the bar has been raised because of all the noise and chatter that neophytes and dilettantes display to attain short-term success. In the end, it will be thought leaders and subject matter experts left standing.

Conclusion

INTJs are well-suited to create transformational intellectual property that revolutionize organizations, industries, as well as the world. As applied researchers, the ability to isolate themselves for long periods of time with reading and writing leads to tangible innovation and reformation.

In a society looking for guidance and direction, INTJs are natural thought leaders able to create and share ideas without the complexities exhibited by traditional leadership models.

Now more than ever, INTJs have to take their rightful roles as reformers or risk the devolution of an anti-intellectual world.

—Edward S. Brown, M.S.

 
 
 
 
 

References

Brosseau, D. (n.d.). What is a thought leader? Thought Leadership Lab. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtleadershiplab.com/Resources/WhatIsaThoughtLeader.

Brown, E. (2019, Sept. 9). Secrets of online law firm marketing: Why attorneys hate marketing and what they can do about it. LinkedIn Publisher. Retrieved from: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/secrets-online-law-firm-marketing-why-attorneys-hate-brown-iii-m-s-/.

Drenth, A.J. (n.d.). INTJ personality type & traits. Personality Junkie. Retrieved from: https://personalityjunkie.com/the-intj.

Gallant, J. (2019, Jan. 1). 48 eye-opening LinkedIn statistics for B2B marketers in 2019. Foundation. Retrieved from: https://foundationinc.co/lab/b2b-marketing-linkedin-stats.

INTJ – Conceptualizer Director (n.d.). CognitiveProcess.com. Retrieved from: http://www.cognitiveprocesses.com/16Types/INTJ.cfm.

INTJ type dynamics (2020). Team Technology: Retrieved from: https://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/personality/types/intj/dominant.

The Dominant Function (n.d.). The Myers & Briggs Foundation. Retrieved from: https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/understanding-mbti-type-dynamics/the-dominant-function.htm.