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What is an ENTJ?

ENTJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging. ENTJ indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). ENTJs are sometimes referred to as Commander personalities because of their innate drive to lead others.

What are ENTJs like?

ENTJs are strategic leaders, motivated to organize change. They are quick to see inefficiency and conceptualize new solutions, and enjoy developing long-range plans to accomplish their vision. They excel at logical reasoning and are usually articulate and quick-witted.

ENTJs are analytical and objective, and like bringing order to the world around them. When there are flaws in a system, the ENTJ sees them, and enjoys the process of discovering and implementing a better way. ENTJs are assertive and enjoy taking charge; they see their role as that of leader and manager, organizing people and processes to achieve their goals.

What are the core values of the ENTJ?

ENTJs are often very motivated by success in their careers and enjoy hard work. They are ambitious and interested in gaining power and influence. To the ENTJ, decision-making is a vocation. They want to be in a position to make the call and put plans into motion.

ENTJs tend to be blunt and decisive. Driven to get things done, they can sometimes be critical or brusque in the pursuit of a goal. They are typically friendly and outgoing, although they may not pick up on emotional subleties in other people. They often love working with others toward a common goal, but may not find time to attend to their feelings. They are focused on results and want to be productive, competent, and influential.

How can I recognize an ENTJ?

ENTJs are natural leaders, and often take charge no matter where they are. They typically have a clear vision for the future, and intuitively understand how to move people and processes towards that goal. They tend to approach every situation with the attitude of an efficiency analyst, and are not shy about pointing out what could be done better. For the ENTJ, their ideas are a foregone conclusion: it’s just a matter of time before they can move the players to get everything accomplished.

ENTJs are often gregarious, and seem to have an idea for how a person will fit into their grand scheme from the moment they are introduced. They are typically direct and may seem presumptuous or even arrogant; they size people and situations up very quickly, and have trouble being anything but honest about what they see. ENTJs are sensitive to issues of power, and seek positions and people of influence. They are characeristically ambitious, and often very engaged in their careers. More than any other type, ENTJs enjoy their work, and may even say that working is what they do for fun.

For more information: The Art of SpeedReading People

Who are some famous ENTJs?

Famous ENTJs include Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon Bonaparte, Carl Sagan, General Norman Schwarzkopf, David Letterman, Douglas MacArthur, Harrison Ford, and Quentin Tarantino.

For more information: Famous ENTJs

How common is the ENTJ personality type?

ENTJ is one of the least common types in the population, and the rarest type among women (with INTJ). ENTJs make up:

  • 2% of the general population
  • 3% of men
  • 1% of women

What do ENTJs like to do?

Popular hobbies for ENTJs include taking leadership positions in community groups, attending social gatherings or sporting events, and playing competitive sports. Because ENTJs are so often focused on their careers, they may have few interests outside of work, or they may participate in leisure activities that also help to further their careers.

What the experts say

"ENTJs are seldom content in a job that makes no demand on intuition. They need problems to solve and are likely to be expert at finding new solutions."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"When in charge of an organization, whether in the military, business, education, or government, ENTJs desire and have the ability to visualize where the organization is going, and they seem unusually able to communicate that vision to others."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"They see daily life as a kind of chessboard, upon which people, things, and entities are moved, removed, altered, and engaged—constantly for the organizational good."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ENTJs

Interesting facts about the ENTJ:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Ambitious, Forceful, Optimistic, Egotistical, Adaptable, and Energetic
  • Least likely of all types to report stress resulting from work or finances
  • More likely than average to suffer cardiac problems
  • Among the least likely of all types to believe in a higher spiritual power
  • Among top 4 types in college GPA
  • Among most likely to stay in college
  • Personal values include Home/Family, Achievement, Creativity, and Learning
  • Overrepresented among MBA students and small business owners
  • One of two types most likely to be satisfied with their work

Source: MBTI Manual

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Guest (not verified) says...

100% accurate. I am 100% an ENTJ woman.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am 100% ENTJ

Sharif (not verified) says...

INTJ is the closest to  my personality by the hair, in other words this prsonality test fails to meet my personality which is disappointing, given the options that are given, this is the closest one yet by two reasones. So this test did not apply to me for some reasone 

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

ENTJs are sure about their personality type. You're not one, and you aren't an INTJ either, too emotional.. maybe ISFJ, by the b**ching ;)

Ziad says...

or intp like u

Guest (not verified) says...

And this explains why I have met few women who are like-minded! We occupy only 1% of the population!

Guest Miami (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more. It makes sense now. Total natural born leaders!

Guest (not verified) says...

SOME ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I KNOW RIGHT. I feel like it should be more of the population because i am a student and we did this but 8 of 29 of us had ESTJ

Guest (not verified) says...

Yea, but you are in school based on your major, which would have similar personality styles.

Jhon (not verified) says...

Maybe you and your students friends have same hobbies 

Guest (not verified) says...

I am a ENTJ women

Ally1988 (not verified) says...

Women? Do you have the ability to multiply?!

RayleneEvans says...

Someone is one word, not two. Typing in full caps is like shouting. Please don't shout.

Guest (not verified) says...

Typical entj trait, shouting for emphasis. Hear me roar basically.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so true! Even as a younger girl this fits me. As a job career, I want to be either a chemical or environmental engineer, and both are said to fit!!! This description fits even me, and it fits only 1% of women!

Guest (not verified) says...

I know, no women, and I always envy friends of mine who seem to have a TON of friends, whereas I am lucky to have one or two friends! Wish I had more!

BLT (not verified) says...

I know what you mean. Im female INTJ and I have two female friends, only because our moms were friends when we were tiny. All my friends are guys, and all getting or are married, and some wives dont like their man around a woman even if shes a friend. Llloooonnneelllyy.....I so Llloonneelyy.... and I grew up with lots of brothers. Dont even know what to say to other women :/ not that i find them interesting anyway haha.
SO yea, I feel you. Lesbians like me ok tho.

Guest (not verified) says...

Maybe it's not so much that they don't trust you, but more so that they don't trust their husbands around you.
Just a thought.

SU (not verified) says...

You likely find have very few women friends because you have so little in common, and that's what most women are interested in, you could care less. I know this well and it feels quite isolating at times as many women actually shut me out.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thanks!, likewise; I never met a man who understands me and not feel threatened by me!

Guest (not verified) says...

I was at a job interview and the interviewer shared what one of my references told her. She said that if I were a man and said the things I said and did the things I did, no one would blink twice. I took that as such a compliment! Needless to say, I didn't get the job--LOL! Now it all makes sense that I am part of the 1%. Love it!

Yali (not verified) says...

Same here. An Asian ENTJ wonman. Though sometimes I feel (rare word for me) that I think more like a guy. And life was harsh on me before I found my real strenghth, becasue I always got misunderstood and even islolated due to my outspoken and assertive nature. Feeling others' emotion is not a strong suit for me neither...:(

Vstil (not verified) says...

So true - I'm such a ENTJ! And female to boot! Yes I don't know many women with the personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

I loved learning that we were 1% of population. That explained alot! Especially romantically. The http://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-facets helps to see where you are on each dimension of Myer's Briggs.

This helped me understand why I have so many feeler tendencies. After going to grad school to learn about emotions, getting certified in emotional intelligence, and becoming a therapist...(short lived of course)...my heart really became softer and personality more diplomatic and refined. So I still score ENTJ (after 20 years), but resonate much with ENFJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

...ENTJs don't base much at all on emotion. Everything BUT actually. Take the test again.

Guest (not verified) says...

The initial test I took in my Psych class came back ENFJ but the two I took after say ENTJ. Every aspect of ENTJ is 100% accurate for me and now I wonder if I might be making the wrong career choice. I'm a psych major and want to be a Military or Forensic Psychologist...

Guest (not verified) says...

We are one of kind!

Jana DeLano (not verified) says...

This explains why I struggle with the emotional side of my job as an HR assistant. I'm a woman who thrives on challenging the status quo and doesn't enjoy babysitting adults.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree. I am 100% ENTJ

Guest (not verified) says...

Correct for me. A woman. 100% ENTJ. Too bad my boss didn't understand that about me.

Raylene Evans (not verified) says...

As an ENTJ it's YOUR responsibility to outsmart your boss and learn everything you can from him. When you become the one he eventually reports to you'll know his strengths and weaknesses and can use him to your best advantage.

EnTjLeader (not verified) says...

I got 100% Accurate as a Male.

Guest (not verified) says...

Also an ENTJ woman, aka "stuckup" "controlling" and a "b@*%#".... None of which is true.

Such a small percentage of women in this category, wish people knew more about this personality and its strengths!

Thank you for the insight and resources.

Brandy (not verified) says...

So true!!!!

CLR (not verified) says...

I always said, work was my hobby.

Guest (not verified) says...

you think your special 1 percent out of 7 billion, is around 70,000,000 women that are like you congrats.

Guest (not verified) says...

If you had done your research, you'd know that only 5.5 million people in the US are ENJT, not 70 million.

Guest (not verified) says...

Well I mean 5.5 million is like 2% of 300 million. Pretty rough numbers, and 70,000,000 is right in that it is 1% of the entire population of the world (~7,000,000,000)

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm kinda a mix between ENTJ and INTJ. I'm fine with either one tho. E/ITJ Woman!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Me too!!!!!

Elle (not verified) says...

Ever since i did the MBTI test, i personally think that i understand myself more. It really can why i do things the way i do. Even for dating.

But damn for being 1% in the entire world for being an ENTJ - it feels great to be special and unique.

IlyssaG says...

That is awesome!  I am ENTJ and a woman too! :)

Kel (not verified) says...

This is so correct. Gosh I am amazed. I came in very skeptical but went out more convinced.

Guest (not verified) says...

This test was very interesting. The results are accurate!

Guest (not verified) says...

extremely accurate

Jeam (not verified) says...

Most interesting - but I always knew it! Many thanks

E. Jackson Hodges says...

Ok...you got me, to the T!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow....this is me.

Guest (not verified) says...

ENTJ, all the way. Such a fantastic test- I took this test as part of my college course,in my early twenties and couldn't see the fuss about the results.10 years later, it brings the truth home and how!!! Great site.

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