Kamala Harris: ENTJ + Enneagram Type 8

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 21, 2021

ENTJs like Kamala Harris are natural-born, innovative leaders that know how to steer a ship through troubled waters. They tend to be very strong executives -- in business or politics, able to make difficult decisions, command a room, and effectively manage and rally teams. They were born to stand out with shining self-confidence, and are not afraid to be the first -- which is very much in line with the fact that Harris has become the United States’ first-ever woman of color to take the office of Vice President.

ENTJs have gutsy, strategic minds that allow them to take charge in solving complex problems, and have no issue innovating or thinking on the fly. They enjoy working on innovative projects with many parts, building out systems in line with their values. 

E / Extraverted: Gregarious, bold, and comfortable in the limelight, Madam VP exudes confidence and charisma. She is a savvy speaker, who always seems to know what to say to different audiences -- exemplified by competent debate performances and her uplifting acceptance speech after the election.

N / Intuitive: A strategic thinker who follows her vision, Harris has the ability to be calm in crisis, make quick changes to plans, and come up with the best long-term solutions. She’s also sharp and knows how to fight hard for those without a voice and to hold those in power accountable (witness her role in the mortgage crisis); just watch her question government leaders and judges on the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

T / Thinking: Veep Harris is not swayed by her emotions. She is strong-willed, knows what she thinks, and leads with her analytical mind. While she is diplomatic, she is also direct and doesn’t hold back for fear of causing conflict.

J / Judging: Efficient, plan-oriented and goal-focused, Harris has strong, determined stances on key issues like women’s rights, healthcare, and criminal justice reform.

ENTJ Cognitive Functions

Te / Extraverted Thinking: A strategic thinker, Harris is always two steps ahead. She’s efficient, goal-oriented, data-driven and analytical. She leads with logic and reason, which you can see clearly in her direct, decisive speeches and public comments.

Ni / Introverted Intuition: Harris has a gut sense for the best solution, always has a slew of contingency plans, and can change direction quickly and is sharp-witted. She’s been able to move from Presidential candidate, to VP supporting the President-elect's plans, and find a place -- even though she differs on some stances

Se / Extraverted Sensing: Using tangible experiences to inform her actions, Kamala pays attention to what she sees, hears and touches. She has a natural sense for classic rules of style. She uses fashion to tell a story, like the white “victory” suit she wore to address the nation for the first time as VP-elect. She is also a fitness enthusiast who says she works out every morning, no matter how much sleep she gets.

Fi / Introverted Feeling: For those she brings close, Harris loves deeply -- just look at her much-admired relationship with husband Doug Emhoff -- but also might not be fully aware of how much her feelings impact her beliefs and decisions. 

More Facts on ENTJs:
  • 2% of the population (3% of men; 1% of women)
  • Least likely of all types to report financial or work stress
  • One of top 4 types with the highest college GPAs
  • One of two types most satisfied with their work
  • Cited values: Home/Family, Creativity, Achievement, Learning 
  • Score high on these personality trait measures: Ambitious, Forceful, Optimistic, Egotistical, Adaptable, and Energetic

Kamala Harris: Type 8: The Challenger

Kamala Harris is an Enneagram Type 8. (According to Truity estimates, roughly 13 percent of people share this type.) Eights are motivated by obtaining power, but not for power’s sake; they use their position to further implement what they believe in, and protect others who are more vulnerable than themselves -- so clear in Vice-President Elect Harris’ positions on women’s rights, health care, economic opportunity, racial justice, criminal justice reform, immigration and more. Type 8s are ambitious, assertive, and so self-confident that they may intimidate others. But deep down, they have soft hearts and are scared of being hurt or caught in a powerless state.

Enneagram 8: Inwardly: 

  • A deep sense of independence
  • A fear of being vulnerable
  • A desire for mastery and influence
  • A desire to see justice in the world, and be involved in it 
  • A need for control and a belief that anyone can “create their own luck”

Enneagram 8: Outwardly

  • Above all else, they are doers instead of thinkers 
  • Fierce energy and direct gaze 
  • Unique aura of self-confidence and assertiveness
  • Tenacity, and the ability to work overtime
  • Extremely passionate, energetic and headstrong
  • Frequently found in leadership positions

From both her Myers-Briggs and Enneagram types, it’s clear Harris has leadership embedded deep in her personality. With a desire to protect the vulnerable, and her tendency to be a few steps ahead of everyone, she’ll surely be a natural, mission-focused fit for the White House. 

Jenna Birch

Jenna Birch is a content and brand strategist for startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. Before moving into consulting, she was a prolific journalist for national magazines and websites, and author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love (Grand Central Publishing). Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, HuffPost, and more. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her EXTP fiancé and the best pup around, Ollie.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


JonoX (not verified) says...

ENTJs are not giggly and emotive, and they shine in debates requiring big picture thinking, knowledge, reason, and logic. I would say she's an ESFP.

R.N. (not verified) says...

I would disagree with JonoX, as I am both a female ENTJ who can both giggle and emote as well.  Definitely not an ESFP. 

Linda (not verified) says...

Definitely not an ESFP.  I, too, am an ENTJ, and it certainly seems to fit what I have observed in her, and I can usually single out my own type in others; as well as other family members' types.  My daughter is an ESFP and has her own set of strengths and different set of traits, unlike Kamala's and mine.  ENTJ....spot on.

Christina (not verified) says...

One thing is for sure...female ENTJs love to be known. I as well am a ENTJ. Stand strong and forever live on. ?

Stephanie SB (not verified) says...

This is just untrue. Humans are emotional creatures and a thinking approach in one's personality does not deny a human to project their emotions through their body language. Also, it may be worth to percieve her smileyness and gigglyness as a representation of her confidence in a position to be thoroughly questioned-- something ENTJs do very well and constantly prepare for. Every ENTJ I know laughs often and smiles yet they know how to get work done with an eager focus unlike I see in many other people. - Steph, ENTJ/Type 8 

lisa4ss (not verified) says...

you should remember each individual is different...even though one person and the other has a same personality type..ignorance.

Dan W. (not verified) says...

Margaret Thatcher and FDR were also ENTJ's!

Ashley Argall (not verified) says...

How did you come to the conclusion that she is an 8?

Kathleen H (not verified) says...

I think her type of playful humor and energy comes from a strong 7 wing. 

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