I'm an INTJ. I have a pretty imaginative, research oriented, data-driven, creative, and risk-taking approach to problem solving. Which is awesome and exciting because my ideas have so much potential backed by so much research. Unfortunately, I work for two ESFJs and I feel like I'm being idea-blocked at every turn. They rely on tradition and experience (which could be beneficial if their past experiences achieved more than mediocrity) and they just won't listen to new ideas. This is particularly frustrating because I am confident I can grow the organization if they just embraced some outside-of-the-box problem solving. Further, when I challenge their current practices (which are far from best-practices), they get defensive. I just want to provide data based constructive criticisms so our organization will improve.
So, do any of you other INTJs have suggestions/advice for me? I assume other INTJs have felt their potential is restricted by supervisors in the workplace. I love the work I do-- I just feel like I can't reach my full potential or the organization's full potential when no one wants to embrace new thoughts. How do you pitch great ideas to less imaginative individuals? How do you call out a supervisor's poor choices and provide constructive criticism without them getting offended?
Final note: I mentioned my supervisors are ESFJs. I am not trying to knock everyone who is that type of personality. I'm sure there are so many excellent ESFJs out there. I just want to provide more context for my problem.
Thank you for your help,