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How do ENTJs communicate?

ENTJs are direct and commanding communicators, often with a clear idea of what needs to be done and and a take-charge attitude toward organizing people and projects. ENTJs are organized and strategic in their thinking. They communicate their vision and their plan to implement it in a logical, task-oriented way. ENTJs see flaw in ideas and plans quickly and give critique freely. They enjoy analyzing ideas, but are ultimately oriented toward action; they want to integrate information, formulate a long-term plan, and then move forward.

What are ENTJs like as partners?

In relationships, the ENTJ is a commanding and challenging partner. ENTJs have high expectations for themselves and for their partners, and want a mate who will put in the time and effort necessary to create a successful life together.

ENTJs prefer to have their homes and lives structured and organized, and may be domineering in imposing this structure on others. They tend to have a clear idea of how things should be done, and may feel that others should follow.

ENTJs are enthusiastic and analytical problem-solvers, and will approach conflict head-on. They are unemotional in sorting out issues, and weigh perspectives with a logical detachment. They may neglect to attend to their partner's feelings, preferring to arrive at conclusions with objective logic. They can also have trouble listening patiently, because of their strong desire to problem-solve.

ENTJs are typically ambitious and may spend a lot of time at work or otherwise pursuing career success. They often need a partner who is independent and supportive of their goals. ENTJs value a partner who respects and appreciates their competence, intelligence, and effectiveness.

What are ENTJs like as parents?

As parents, ENTJs are in control of their children and their households. ENTJs set clear expectations and see that their rules are followed. They tend to be consistent and rational disciplinarians by setting clear consequences for misbehavior, and usually elicit obedience from their children.

ENTJs often have a strong focus on career, and so may spend limited time at home and with family. However, they place great importance on the task of being a competent and effective parent. They often ensure that what time they do spend with their children is well used, and allows them to instill values of hard work, productivity, and achievement.

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ENTJs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ENTJ's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ENTJ as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ENTJ may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ENTJs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ENTJs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ENTJ initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ENTJ, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ENTJ's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ENTJ's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

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marriagecoach1 (not verified) says...

I have known this about myself for a long time and have been working on the negative aspects of this personality type so as not to be offensive

Guest (not verified) says...

Definitely 100% me - ENTJ woman.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate
Thankyou

Lolo (not verified) says...

I'm so convinced of the worthiness of this test, I'm changing many things in my life and am already happier knowing my weaknesses and capitalizing on strengths.

Guest (not verified) says...

Totally cool

Guest (not verified) says...

Can anyone help me?
A couple of tests say that I am an ENTJ, but in one test I've been recognized as an ENFJ!
the difference is only "F" which stands for Feeling, but I'm passionate and cooperative and thoughtful at the same time, I even have philosophical ideas for better life which I have studied and experienced for it!
ENTJ & ENFJ are really similar! How can I exactly find out which Type I am?

Guest (not verified) says...

if u result orented entj and if u are emmotional person enfj.
i.e. entj person dont hesitates to tell the in effency of his colleague and try to overcome that

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey I've always been an ENFJ and have recently become more of an ENTJ. Your type can change depending on what life throws at you. Since starting college and beginning my career in Finance and Economics I have almost been required to "think" more and hence my type has shifted. I am close to both types and I consider both to be very true to who I am. This could be the same for you. Maybe you are a little of both.

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel exactly the same way - naturally a ENFJ, through work have had to become more ENTJ!

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel exactly the same way - naturally a ENFJ, through work have had to become more ENTJ!

111 (not verified) says...

Yes, i am both ENTJ and ENFJ but I am not totally agree am 100% ENTJ nor ENFJ as people need to be flexible depends on the environment

Guest (not verified) says...

Completely Accurate! So cool!

Patricia (not verified) says...

This is me. I retired last year and was desperately looking for how and where to use my leadership skills and experience. I found something and having a lot of fun. It's a new challenge to me which makes it fulfilling and exciting.

Guest (not verified) says...

This really fits my personality

Guest (not verified) says...

Learning that I am a ENTJ feels helpful and challenging. The challenging part is the one percent of women part and being classed with Stalin part. The helpful part is all-encompassing because having a box to put one's personality in clearly explains perceptions that have always seemed confusing. Now I understand why I needed to move away from my wonderful hometown, New Orleans. Early on, at about nine, I saw that there I would never be valued there for what I accomplished so much as for how beautifully I entertained. If there are any other exiled Southern ENTJs, I would love to meet them. Sally

Guest (not verified) says...

HEY, fellow Southerner and Louisianian! I am from Shreveport but have family all over the state and spent much of college in New Orleans. Your second to last sentence caught my attention and that is exactly why I moved to DC after completing undergrad. Until I moved to DC I had no idea how limited I was living in Louisiana. I love home but I cannot live there anymore lol

daniel/ from Ethiopia/ (not verified) says...

I am 100% ENTJ.one of 3% population. is there a group in the same type ENTJ ?

Guest (not verified) says...

cool i'm part of the 1 %

GF (not verified) says...

ENTJ

Mme (not verified) says...

this is so true, wow.

sf22 (not verified) says...

all the tests that i took said that i'm entj but i found it hard to believe ! they are not so percise they cannot define people by asking them a few questions !!

Voldemort (not verified) says...

OMG THIS IS MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CeeLouise (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman and proud to see we are only 1% of the population. This explains the poor reaction of some managers to my "commanding" style. I am not a rampant feminist but I am sure if a man had behaved as I did, the reaction would have been, "Promote him!". Instead, at two very different companies, two very different mangers basically told me to tone it down, that I didn't show enough respect to the executives, etc. Now that I am wiser I would better be able to manage my behavior than when I was young, but the crazy thing is that I chose to become a Stay at Home Mother six years ago. Being a SAHM is not naturally suited to an ENTJ, but ENTJ's may be some of the best SAHM's in the end. The most difficult part is the extrovert part, I think. While I am usually fine alone, since I am intuitive, and I worked fine on projects by myself, I liked to feel part of a team, a corporation, a big picture. Basically I never in my life was lonely, even traveling alone for six weeks at a time for work, but as a SAHM I now sometimes am lonely. Being a Thinker and a Judger also makes being an SAHM a little more difficult. In the end though ENTJ's can be wonderful SAHM's. I research and research and become an expert at parenting and homemaking. I do cook gourmet meals and keep an immaculate home and garden, and I'm not tired of it yet. My Catholic faith reminds me to be humble and not seek society's recognition for what I do, countering my natural ENTJ tendencies. Every day I try to remember to stretch myself to the opposite of my natural type - talk less and listen better (Introvert), be more present in the moment, for example, really taste my food (Sensor), be more connected to others' emotions and feelings, especially my daughter's (Feeling) and just relax! (Perceiving).

Guest (not verified) says...

We are unicorns! :) Spot on.

Guest (not verified) says...

this is me in every way possible

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman, and god everyone's so different!!

Guest (not verified) says...

hmm... I am sure my nature is ENTJ but over the years I have learned to temper my arrogance and impatience. I have learned to listen more, be more thoughtful of other's opinions,and display more emotional intelligence in certain situations. It has made me more effective and more influential.

I definitely believe in a higher power that I call God. I love working and find a great deal of satisfaction in it. I was never very happy as a stay at home mom unless I was running the PTA or heading up the Library Foundation. I have owned my own business and now work as an internal consultant for a large organization doing what the CEO calls "breaking logjams" thoughout the organization. I'm good at it! Now I know why.

I think my daughter is an ENTJ too! I want her to take this test and let's see.

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, I took the test twice. The first time I got ENTP, and the second time I got ENTJ. Well, I don't mind being both.

Spikeygrrl (not verified) says...

ENTJ fits me like the proverbial glove. But: only 1% of women??? AND my IQ is also only 1% of women??? No wonder I am so often accused of not being "ladylike" and/or "thinking like a man"!

Turbo (not verified) says...

Omg me too!!! I don't know any other girls like me at all!!!

GuestGal (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ women and work as an engineer and am very much working to climb the ranks in project management then executive management. I really enjoy strategizing my career climb even in a male dominated industry. The only leisure acitivities I find useful are golfing and other things that help my career or offer networking opportunities. I'm only 27 so I'm hoping the workplace culture will change....even if I have to change it myself. My relationship is difficult because I get accused of not listening and just stop and don't say anything when things get too emotional. I think there is a cultural expectation of women to be a certain way (i.e. feeling). I am happy with who I am though and am learning to embrace it. Was starting to think I was a weirdo but now I realize I am beautiful in my own way and it just takes the right person to appreciate my strengths.

LIFELONG ENTJ (not verified) says...

I feel like my career life path has been an ENTJ playbook or something - designer, art director, creative director to entrepreneur, back into the agency world, art director, senior art director, associate creative director and now on the verge of creative director again. All the while pursuing highly competitive activities on the side like sports and martial arts. My wife read the ENTJ profile spent a good time laughing in amazement because it described me from top to bottom. It's amazing to see your complete personality presented with such absolute exactness. It is almost eerie.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm so blunt and never pick up on subtitles.... then I read this and don't even feel the least bit remorseful.

Woo being an ENTJ women!

marijabojcic1 says...

I am ENTJ, woman and small business owner. I should hire soon new workers in sales department. Which types are suitable for sales person, what do you think? Thanks for help!

Guest (not verified) says...

"Among the least likely of all types to believe in a higher spiritual power."

Looks like I have my work cut out for me.

TheHydraDildo (not verified) says...

very true, though i do enjoy a little variety...

Chrissy Root (not verified) says...

This has helped me immensely! It makes so much sense. Finally knowing this at 38, it's like the counseling I could never find! Thank You Jesus!

Arclight (not verified) says...

The fact that I am an ENTJ who is a close friend with another ENTJ, who is also among others of other personality types, there do tend to be a differentiation of opinions on what is the proper leading strategy and what we should do on a moment's notice. Just like with anything else, there are no two people of one personality type that will think exactly the same on everything.

There are often times where I am looked at and many consider me as a perfect leader, or the person nobody wants to follow. It is usually one end of the spectrum or the other, no real visible "middle ground" in this case. However, do come to realization that we are also human and make mistakes, but also like everyone else we make up for them and move on to do whatever it is we need to do.

It gets to the point where we become our own biggest critics, especially with how we present ourselves to others, and how we do things casually on an everyday basis. We are leaders, but we do lead more than just others around us. We lead ourselves to do the best we can and make ourselves look, and do, as best as we possibly can.

That is not based on obligation; That is all because it is in our blood to do so. It's in our genes, and it is our default setting to lead and to lead well.

bandgparrish says...

Kolberg's (spelling?) higher archery of reasoning teaches that less than 10% of us ever reach the highest rung on the ladder of moral reasoning, that be "objectivity in decision making". When studying human B.S. in development at Purdue U., I immediately recognized myself as having reached the top rung; no doubt about it I was the role model for objectivity. I was 35 years old at the time. (I was a late bloomer.) However, 90% of my classmates, average age of about 20 or so, also recognized themselves as being on the top rung. So much for self-identification.

What's is the objective test used for determining one's personality type? Anybody?

Thanks, Glenn

Víctor says...

I have scored ENTJ in all the tests..Yes, I am insightful, quick of mind, dynamic, open minded, I am a natural born leader (or at least I think so). Despite I am quite young I can say, that if I want to achieve something I will..anyway, my point is, does anyone thinks that these tests are a bit of a kill-time? personality is too complex to define it with a few questions that are often easy to trick, or misread.

ENFJ (not verified) says...

Any ENFJ males with experience from a long term relationship with a female ENTJ?

guest (not verified) says...

When i make a decision, i want it to go through.By the time i make the decision, i have already thought everything through.

Guest (not verified) says...

How does an ENTJ woman ever find a man that won't wilt around her energy?

!!! (not verified) says...

Still wondering that myself. ;)

I've been told by men since I was a teenager that I am "intimidating". That's not exactly something you want to hear from a partner... 

Guest (not verified) says...

100% ENTJ male. This is so accurate

Lyss (not verified) says...

I definitely see myself as an ENTJ or occasionally an INTJ woman. The descriptions are uncannily accurate. And like many of the previous commenters, it is not impossible to find other female kindred spirits. I have few female friends and find it hard to relate to other women. I actually have far more male friends, as they are disproportionately represented among the personality types that ENTJ/INTJ individuals find compatible. The realization of my ENTJ/INTJ nature makes an enormous amount of sense on a professional level as well. I am a patent attorney by trade, which uses many of the qualities described above.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow!It seems that there're a lot of girls like me!At first I thought this type of girl is quite rare.One of my former classmates said that he hadn't met any girl like me since we graduated.That's amazing!

Guest (not verified) says...

Never knew that I am one of that 1% Wow I feel kinda special

GuestAly (not verified) says...

Greetings ENTJ's.

I'm an INFJ/ISFJ married to an ENTJ (I think he used to be more P). MBTI helped me so much in understanding my husband :)
While they say these two are more challenging in relationships, they also have the greatest potential for mutual growth and respect.

My life would not be near as interesting or adventurous without him. He pushes me, in a good way, to try new things, and go new places.
Yes, I help smooth/calm some of his rough spots, but I love his earnestness and appreciate the gifts he has that are simply different than mine.
Yes,, I can get on his nerves sometimes with how I process things, but he also told me that he can now better articulate his feelings because of me.
I think we've made each other better people, and our lives are both the richer for it.

I will say that we have similar values and belief in G0d, and that is our foundation (when we first got married we thought we were so much alike, because at that level we were!)
Married 20 years and we both feel blessed.

Flower (not verified) says...

Spent 25 years as a corporate communications coach, with my own business.
Worked 95% of the time with CEO's and their executive teams. Direct, no nonsense communication skills.
Women executives were ALWAYS tangled up in their feelings, and especially fear!
Now I know why I had such affinity for CEO's- I'm a total female ENTJ!

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