Which MBTI type makes the best school teacher and principal?

Now this is one of the more subjective questions- we must remember that many teachers are better at teaching different things. But which teacher is best overall? To start, with a simple definition of a teacher and principal is required:

Teacher: “A person who provides an education for students.”

Principal: Or headmaster “The most important leader of the school.”

After concluding what defines a teacher and principal, what makes the best school teacher?

To provide a good education to a student, it depends on the school subject. For example, in high school:

  • ESTP’s make good sport teachers- in the moment situations, getting everyone involved, detail orientated to teach students techniques.
  • ISTP’s make good woodwork teachers- good with hands, good at teaching techniques and how certain devices work.
  • ESFP’s make good drama teachers- good at performances and teaching people to act and truly express themselves
  • ISFP’s make good art teachers- quieter, more peaceful teachers often lead to good results in these classes
  • ENFJ’s make good English teachers- they are good at analyzing literary pieces, good at explaining how to write persuasive essays/speeches, or analytic essays their Ni helps
  • ENFP’s make good music teachers- enjoyable, often creative and requiring deep thinking
  • INFP’s make good philosophy teachers- well figured out moral compass, good at asking questions and showing new perspectives
  • INFJ’s make good psychology teachers- good at analyzing, good at explaining how other people work
  • ENTJ’s make good physics teachers- often about knowing laws and applying them, but more about the mathematical side than chemistry, hence Te would help
  • INTP’s make good computer programming teachers- they know how programming languages work, they know the complex syntax of programming with Ne/Ti
  • INTJ’s make good chemistry teachers- chemistry is often about knowing the rules and how to apply them in a logical way
  • ENTP’s make good business teachers- good at explaining how the market works, recognizing trends and the ideas behind companies and how to implement ideas
  • ESFJ’s make good cooking teachers- Fe’s can enjoy observing how their food’s turned out (done subjectively) using rules they’ve been taught to make the food perfect (Si)
  • ISFJ’s make good history teachers- they can explain people, events and timelines in great detail, making them perfect for history lessons
  • ISTJ’s make good geography teachers- they have good detail skills, making them good at locating regions and places- Te is used for measuring and geographic statistics
  • ESTJ’s make good mathematics teachers- they are good at remembering mathematical rules, and are good at applying them in a logical manner

From this information, it is clear that it depends on the subject. One conclusion can be made- many teachers can teach different areas with different MBTI types.

Principals however, must be managers. They must organize the way the school works, and if they don’t, the school will become dysfunctional. This means they must be naturally good leaders, they must be good at making decisions and keeping to a routine. A judging type is certainly helpful.

As well as this, it is important they have a great desire to make those around them happy- they must make sure everybodies needs are met, and that they are good at talking to everyone to sort out issues- extroverted feeling types, if you will.

Finally, they must be good at managing the system and keeping traditions intact.Β There are many legal issues that must constantly be addressed, making it ideal for the principal to be detail orientated and heavily concrete in their perspectives. Sensors.

This makes ESFJ’s the best principals- however, there can be others.

What are your opinions? Who do you think makes the best of each sort of teacher? Be the first to comment if you can πŸ™‚

About tatl33

Hello, my name is Tim! I am an INFJ interested in psychology currently residing in Australia. My aim is to provide you with information on MBTI and how it can be related to real life situations. Enjoy :)
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27 Responses to Which MBTI type makes the best school teacher and principal?

  1. Lydia says:

    That’s awesome. I’m going to school for my BA in Music Education – and lo and behold, I’m an ENFP. πŸ™‚

    • Peter Wilson says:

      I am an entj and I’m teaching English! So he’s pretty much (close) to spot on with me too! Nice job blogger you know your stuff πŸ™‚

      • tatl33 says:

        My English teacher of grade 11 was ENTJ. Very organized and good at teaching the important things, very clear and fair too. How has your experience been as an English teacher?

    • tatl33 says:

      Good! πŸ™‚ I had a few ENFP music teachers at school and one of them wasn’t too good, but the other two were amazing. The first one wasn’t too good because she got into a lot of drama around the school! The other two were fun, creative and great at explaining things in an engaging way. Let me know how your journey goes (:

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  2. Some Freak says:

    For chemistry: ENTJ for experimentation because of their higher Se – no acid burns etc. Or maybe ESTJ? Those guys are far better to control lab environment.
    Mathematics is most essentially N subject (although not in school environment).
    Physics usually requires more abstraction than chemistry. ENTJ would fare better in physics experiments than INTJ.

    Math: INTJ
    Physics: ENTJ
    Chemistry: ESTJ

    • tatl33 says:

      Sound reasoning… chemistry requires sound abstraction though, with chemical equations requiring lots of intuition…
      I agree with your reasoning for physics and maths

      • Some Freak says:

        I’m a chemist and an N. When it comes to crunching raw numeric data I usually become quite exhausted. I prefer to do it more symbolic way.

        Well, I can use my programming skills to overcome some of this problem. It is quite funny how S types usually don’t see waisted calculation time as a problem and are happy to apply the same method countless times. Of course they get also very bored eventually. I mean you can think alternative interpretations and stuff. There are lots of SJs in the field of chemistry.

        Physics and mathematics are way more abstract (well, there is physical chemistry).

        • tatl33 says:

          Very, very true with the S’s applying the same method countless times. It is often what makes N’s find S’s difficult to work with, and vice versa.
          And yeah, although it does depend on the type of physics and mathematics
          What is it like dealing with S’s in the chemistry field?

  3. Becky says:

    I’m an INTJ and teach chemistry. I totally struggle with managing all the physical details of lab work. The other chemistry teacher at my school is IxTJ and is more naturally disposed to lab work.

    • tatl33 says:

      So true, it is hard because chemistry does require a lot of detail. Just remember, I typed INTJ’s as good chemistry teachers for a reason- I’m assuming you are good at identifying patterns, analyzing etc. πŸ™‚

    • Simon says:

      Chemistry I believe is for boring or simplistic people, not really n types at all!!!!! No offense sorry I just had to say that and if you disagree with me you are living under a rock

      • Simon says:

        By the way I don’t compare about your opinions if you disagree with me since I’m a tj type πŸ™‚ so don’t hate me cause you ain’t me biatches

      • tatl33 says:

        That’s a very subjective comment. What’s your reasoning?

      • Meghan says:

        INTJ chemistry teacher here. As an N type who is passionate about chemistry, I think I might be living proof you’re wrong. And I might live under a rock, but I live under that rock with my own self as evidence. Kind of hard to escape.

  4. Ahamed says:

    As ENFP, I like to inspire people to achieve their goals. I like to teach History,Humanity and Psychology

  5. wilky2323 says:

    ISTJ and I studied Geography in college. Loved History too.

  6. I am an INTP, but I am not all that proficient in computer programming.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, BOTH of the majors I’ve been hovering on – computer programming vs. marketing – seem very well fit for me. But yeah, seeing how I’m ENTP and work in a family business alongside school, it kind of makes sense that business fits my skillset better. Still, nothing wrong with making a computer startup.

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