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ENTJ Strengths

Strong willed. One thing that is especially admirable about ENTJs is their near imperviousness to criticism. Once they have formed a position or made a decision, they don’t buckle under pressure. They are just that certain of the rightness of their beliefs and the deft logic that brought them there. To sway ENTJs, you must either outsmart them or prove them wrong. ENTJs don’t mind being criticized, don’t take things personally and are not afraid to hold the outside opinion. 

Efficient. ENTJs are known for their sheer productivity, efficiency and focus, often being able to handle many tasks without dropping or defaulting on any of them. They have limitless energy for their work and they produce more than favorable results. ENTJs often obtain what they go after because they are not easily discouraged, even when their plans or positions don’t seem to be working or take longer than expected. They believe they cannot fail. 

Strategic thinking. ENTJs are sharp thinkers and remarkable problem solvers. They tend to have great ideas and are able to examine the situation from every angle and strategically map out a plan in order to achieve their vision. Rather than being overwhelmed by problems, they are energized by them. These qualities combine with their strong conceptual skills to ensure that every project moves forward with smart, long-term solutions. 

Charismatic leaders. ENTJs live in a world of possibilities and see challenges everywhere that they gladly attack. They are leaders in the best sense, using their energy and charisma to inspire and motivate others. People often choose ENTJs be their leaders, and this allows ENTJs to achieve ambitious plans they could never achieve on their own. 

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ENTJ Weaknesses

Blunt and dominant. Given their logical way of thinking, it's no surprise that ENTJs are expert at finding flaws and holes. But when combined with their characteristic bluntness and lack of regard for the feelings of others, it can make them appear critical, nitpicky and unrelenting. Not everyone will appreciate having their flaws so frequently picked out and put on display. 

Intolerant. ENTJs hold others to their same impossible standards, believing everyone can and should work as hard as they do. They often lack patience for people who are naturally less direct or a bit slower. “It’s my way or the highway” can be an intimidating mantra for those on the sharp end of the ENTJ’s criticism. 

Arrogant. ENTJs respect strategic thinking, quick wits and decisive action, and look down on those who don’t match up. While being sure of yourself can only be a good thing, it often translates to arrogance, especially in the eyes of those who have not put in as much effort and don’t have the same courage in their convictions. 

Poor handling of emotions. Empathy is not one of the strengths of the ENTJ. This type tends to be impatient when others refuse or are unable to see things from their perspective, and it requires active attention from the ENTJ to recognize the value of others' opinions and to take their feelings into account. In a personal environment, ENTJs can behave imperiously and trample over others’ feelings, which made not win them any friends. 

ENTJ Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, ENTJs should:

Get in touch with emotions—their own and others’. ENTJs can stand to intentionally work on raising their EQ a few points. Otherwise they come off as abrasive and unfeeling and their relationships fail to develop properly. ENTJs can make progress by working to consider their own feelings and those of other people, but it won’t come naturally. 

Practice restraint. Yes, it is important to be right, but this isn’t the only concern. It is important to also consider the personal consequences. Truth and results are important, but ENTJs will do well to consider how their actions and decisions will affect the people around them or society at large. 

Value people. Ideas, causes and convictions are important, but the ENTJ will be happier in the long run if he or she does not completely jettison personal relations and the feelings of others in the quest to be right or to hold to his or her convictions. And it is possible to enjoy the company and friendship of someone with whom one does not agree on all matters and who also doesn’t desire to argue about it. 

Listen up. ENTJs must work on listening and not just for the purpose of arguing in return. ENTJs, using their combination of intuition and rapid processing, tend to finish sentences, interrupt, anticipate information and make assumptions. They will benefit by slowing down, listening, waiting for others to finish and trying to pay attention to the details—they might actually be important. 

Relax! The pace of the ENTJ is rigorous and ENTJs often fail to see the need for leisure or rest. But their work schedule, high intensity and perfectionism can cause them to neglect their health and have negative consequences for them and their families. Thus, it is necessary to build leisure, fun, social interaction and rest into their lives without feeling guilty about the time they may be spending away from work. And they are likely to find that their work is better for it in the long run. 

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Ray says...

Hi all, I'm ENTJ (female, 27) both 3 years ago and now. So I reckon that is my right type. I've been going through some career difficulties as well - I started to work 2 years ago after graduation in a foreign country for a boss who is a bit control-freak and never listen to me or support my own career development. I soon feel very underemployed and trapped in this team as most of the work I was assigned were really not challenging for me. I feel I'm such a capable person but I have to hide everything to suit this boring job. I wasn't able to change jobs at that time due to visa/sponsorship issues, and frankly speaking, it's still hard for me to nail a better job I wanted with a temperory visa in the industry. So now I'm still actively looking for great job opporunities and sponsorship, it's not a good timing as most companies are freezing headcounts, but I'll keep going. Meanwhile I always have the long term plan to start my own business and be my own boss as I really don't like others to tell me what to do, especially some lame bosses.

So that's my story for now, honestly I'm still quite stressful for I haven't found the job that suits me better and let me shine. But I always believe in myself and I know I'll achieve my goal one day and be a truly great global talent. Happy to chat with anyone who got similar experience or at the same phase of their life!

Experienced ENTJ (not verified) says...

First, why would your boss give a sh*t about your career objectives...? Reassess your expectations around that.

Second, analyze the people around you including your boss. What's their plan?

Life is a chess game. You've demonstrated an inability to put yourself in someone else's shoes. And like chess, life is about perspectives and if you can't figure out what other people want, then you won't be able to develop strategies to get what you want.

Trent A Ballard (not verified) says...

Actually I just wanted to encourage you that what you are feeling as constrained by a boss and not challenged is not uncommon for an ENTJ. We love new things!  but we don't always like to stay with them to completion because we get bored.  ALso, we love to learn!  and if your current position is not forcing you to learn, well you get bored and dread it.  Being your own boss might provide you a great option especially if you build a solid team.  Your first partnership should be with someone who likes details and day to day stuff so you can lead, create, etc.  Blessings

Nearu (not verified) says...

I'm a 12-year-old ENTJ here and I got this facts really with me. I like this website too. Finally understands who am I. Also, it must be the reason why my classmates sometimes hate me when it comes to group activities. They find me arrogant which is accurate. I really like understanding myslef now. Thx to this.

 

Yan (not verified) says...

Me too  😂

Guest A (not verified) says...

Hi All. Late 20s Entj/Estp here. I've aways been outgoing, able to speak with anyone and always worked hard. Three years ago I had a career break and travelled. Loved it! I then moved to another country and found the job process difficult along side poor living conotions. Self doubt crept in and I began to beat myself up. Lost all interest in socialising, sport, my new surroundingsand learning. I moved home and felt trapped and hopeless. I should have reached out for help but didn't want to bother others even though I don't mind lending a hand. The real trigger was having a temp job overseas and for a good company. I felt isolated from other colleagues and unable to deliver the results with me becoming fearful and lashing at others. It really crushed me. Totally out of character. I've been in Sales and looking toward consultancy or project management as a career change.  I've always been the life of the party too and goal orientated. I get ENTJ/ENFJ in MBTI since I first started the test 5 years ago but think I maybe an ESTP. If anyone has advice on the above please share your thoughts. 

Trevor says...

I personally think the move from sales to consulting or PM is a good guess. Unless you are leading a large sales team you are only using part of your strength (extroverted) and not so much the (Intuitive, Thinking, Judging). I moved from a sales role to a consultant strategist role and it is infinitely more engaging. Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VT (not verified) says...

I went through something similar as you about 10 years ago. Moved to a different country, tried to start a business with a local and did, but felt isolated, unproductive and was the beginnings of a long and confusing depression. My suggestion start small again, just put one foot in front of the other and find your interests and hobbies again. Regarding work, if you are an ENTJ, then you need to be around people (a team) leading and guiding them towards a common objective or goal. Hindsight really is 20/20! And life changes as well in 2020!! Best of luck to you - baby steps all the way

 

T (not verified) says...

I can relate to your story. The first thought regarding your text is that the Selv doubt you experience is not nessecary due to a change in your personality (ref. Are you ENTJ or ENFJ.

 

Due to the question if you are T or F, the answer would be easy to find since these letters are polarized. On other words the T and F has a vital impact on your personality and are easy to distinguish. If the question was: am I ENTJ or ENTP, the answer would be rather more difficult to exploit since the J/P is more alike than the F/T - question.

For me the ENTJ-question was easily answered due to my connection with my feelings. There is clear to me that feelings are extremely introverted. While thinking is in the other hand extremely extroverted which tells me without doubt that I am an TJ and not an TP. 

As you write I would recommend you to take a closer look on how your connection with feelings are rather than how you live as an career person. This might help you to set some of the letters and then focus on the more questionable part of the personality traits you are asking for. 

 

Hope this helps. 

Sam (not verified) says...

Hi mate, thanks for the reply. Really appreciate all your information there. I totally relate to the feelings bit. After my previous post I took some time out of my career and worked at a cafe (low pressure environment) to focus on myself internally. It’s one of the best decions I made. 

Ive become happy with my feelings- it’s bettered my self awareness led me to finding balance in life and find more joy in daily life. I’ve also become empathetic to others after having empathy for myself. The process has helped me loosen up and be my humorous self again. 

I still get ExTJ a lot when testing but still think I relate more to ESTP description when reading. 

Im now back in the corporate world but an environment that suites me and living off my internal values daily. Having purpose and have done this i am now really enjoying the ride with self awareness.

Thank you for sharing 

Tumi Nyembe says...

Wow. Took the assessment and have never been described so accurately!!!!! Thank you to Truity team as well for responding to my (panicky) requests on billing and further insights on the report. Am encouraged to engage further with them and trust their feedback as they're available (even in face of geographical/time challenges) and respond to your queries. Thank you for the revelation (hey, I'm a poet!) and painless experience :-). 

Joshua Velazquez (not verified) says...

INTP-ego

ESFJ-Subconscious

ENTJ-unconscious

ISFP-superego

Please check out C S Josephs youtube video on the shadow functions there should be 16 of them in total divided into 4 personalities with one being the ego which is which every person presents when taking a personality test. it will expand your knowledge and give you greater understanding. 

Ming (not verified) says...

As an ENTJ female I have finally realised what was the cause of all my work related problems - having a boss in the first place! Now I work blissfully from home, hustling towards that self employment goal. 

Mp556 (not verified) says...

Entj choose their battles and will walk away from people who talk back because they know those people will self destruct. We entj do things for the reason being that we care and want you up there like us. We are crass and rude because we wake you up in a slumber stare of mind. Please don’t scorn a entj. They generally mean well. They are leaders because they want order in that we care of the whole society. 

Xam C says...

Very very true. Everyone hates my "straightforwardness" but to me I think I'm doing them a favour because I wake them up and they will think me in the future. 

Reizel (not verified) says...

Hi ENTJ's!
I created a FB group so there will be at least one place where everyone is as awesome as us! join :)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/entjparadise/

Ryan Hadley (not verified) says...

Where are these people getting percentages? Everyone wants a label, just go be a human and let your life define you .

3 decades of ENFJ changes to ENTJ (not verified) says...

I was first introduced to the MBTI in my psych class in college decades ago. I was a ENF(60 percent Feeler, 40 percent Thinker) J. After college, and in business, I noticed that I used my thinking traits more frequently. However, when tested thirteen years later, I still scored the exact same, ENFJ. Now, with young adult twin daughters, I encouraged my daughters to take the MBTI. I re-took the test myself and was really surprised that my results switched to ENTJ, Thinking now 60 percent and feeling 40 percent.

I can relate to the isolation-friend factor. I have been told my entire life that I don't have a filter and not to ask me, if you really don't want to know my opinion. I do not respect anyone who doesn't pull their own weight or is lazy. I prefer straight shooters and those who are ever learners, like myself. But, where they are....I have yet to locate them.  

 

ToStand (not verified) says...

I would switch ESFJ and ESFP in your graphs.

ENTJWOMANTHEBOSS (not verified) says...

There is no doubt in my mind that I'm an ENTJ woman, goals in life include sitting at the round table making boss moves & being a shot caller. Sounds pretty accurate to the description I'd say...hahaha

He's not real and you know it as an ENTJ (not verified) says...

Jeez the Christians really ruined the comments on page 2

CapriciousCat (not verified) says...

Some of you seem to think being ENTJ makes you unemotional. It doesn't. It simply means you process and prioritize emotions very differently than the majority of people. I am an ENTJ woman and I've taken the test many times over the past 15 years in hopes it wouldn't result in ENTJ because it can get lonely not being understood by others. Ultimately, I've come to embrace precisely who I am and I take a lot of pride in being different. I'm glad I am more on the charismatic end of the scale as it has really helped with cultivating social circles. But I have a very low tolerance and patience for people who can't match me intellectually and professionally and I've struggled to tame the desire to push ahead without them.

Mp556 (not verified) says...

I appreciate your comment and I don’t like being diffferent. I want people to get there like myself. Superman May be a infp but I understand why he felt he wanted to fit it. Buddha was one too. He wanted society to learn his ways and get there. I am not Christian but have Christian and Buddhist principles. I admit that I walked and ran and sometimes stumbled on the way to greatness but I would never separate from myself from people because we all have flaws and greatness is created and evolved because we always improve on ourselves no matter what.

Katie-ENTJ (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman, through and through! I too do not get on with "typical" women. I believe that most women are over sensitive and I have a more practical approach to things. I do have friends that are women but they come to me for an honest practical answer, they know that they won't get a "poor you" response from me. I am ambitious and career driven and always find a broken link in any process. 

Niik Natt (not verified) says...

wow I knew I never really clicked with women my age and the only women whom seemed to get me were my moms age ??‍♀️ I never felt like I fit in because my perspectives were always different on how I would analyze things, people, situations. And this makes me feel less like an outcast lol 1% is why I cannot find like minded. Men and I organically become friends then women. 

Guest (not verified) says...

What I notice about me which distinguishes myself from others:

* I find it very hard to find other women similar to me. I find it hard to provide emotional support ("get over it" is usually what's in my head).

* Maybe it is my confidence or knowledge, but I do find that most men find me very attractive. I'm not sure if this is linked to ENTJ, since I would assume ENTJ men would attract a lot of women also.

* I earn significantly more than anyone I personally know my age (yet still not satisfied, I keep aiming for every larger figures and this intimidates people) 

* I can work and neglect EVERYTHING (No food, no sleep, no social interaction or emotional fulfilment - no problem).

My hobbies and leisure revolves around earning me more money. For example I see no reason to follow sports since I am studying law, it's inefficient use of my time and would give no monetary return for my time. I might join a golf club or a certain religious group or learn a skill to build the career connections needed, not because I have any enjoyment or any belief in it.

I can be arrogant, see myself 'better' than others, label people's priority for 'love' or 'fulfilment' as stupid. I'm working on this but this naturally comes back in my mind ever so often.

I like interacting with people, so I make friends very easily. I am still quietly judging and observing though. When I let you in, you're in my life for life and have my full support in all areas.

I'm known to be a judgemental b___ch by some women. Also arrogant and high maintenance to some men who can't get past date one. Oh also, greedy but I see this as ambition hehe :). People's opinions don't matter to me, so I'm not too fussed.

Additionally, I am known as highly efficient around the workplace, smart and charismatic  to my dates, hardworking and loyal. I take charge during conversations and my opinions are well known.

 

Jhon (not verified) says...

I am an entj . And it is 100 accurate . 

I do like talking politics .

I do like  competitive sports or fights 

is anyone like me 

Serena Wong (not verified) says...

Spot on! I'm 100 percent ENTJ and embracing it now. Only 1 percent of women. Wow! Now I understand....

Guest (not verified) says...

Please do keep in mind that personality test have flaws. Though, they do help you get an idea on how you generally act but personality is fluid so therefore there is no way to accurately determine personality.

e-pig (not verified) says...

I need to meet some of these entj women...
But where?

Guest (not verified) says...

Just want to point out that the list of suggested books -for- the ENTJ should be corrected to "Recommended reading -about- ENTJs." These are skills, habits, and information we as ENTJs are already very familiar with as they speak to and build the foundation of our "personality type"

Guest (not verified) says...

Wanna know the real entj? Look at the comment. The one who shouting "OMG, so true!" Ordered "its so me!" are likely wannabe. The real one will analyze, making harsh comment or probably leaving without read the comment. So for all the wannabes, go off, be true to yourself, find out who you really are.aand i was being polite

Amen (not verified) says...

This guy's so right. Not sure why he wasted his time telling the rest of you a**holes

AllyR (not verified) says...

I am ENTJ woman and often find it difficult to connect with other women. (Although I am in a relationship with one currently). I don't think of myself as masculine or 'like a man' due to my personality, I do see myself as different to most women, but to be honest I don't know many men like me either. I think lots of people assume men to be more driven, which generally just means they get away with doing less. (My ENTJ personality doesn't miss these things ;))

For the past year, I have been having an identity crisis - because I changed jobs and don't feel like I really connect with anyone here, which is unusual for me, as I always have at least one person I am very close to at work - usually someone I don't work directly with. Anyway, I now understand why, because I do instantly judge people and decide whether they are 'my kind of person' and I literally can't bear anyone who isn't driven, and women who talk about diets and dating - just aren't for me. I have also realised that I have the tendency to literally ignore anyone I find uninteresting or 'stupid'... I should work on that!

V. interesting to hear from like-minded people, though, and it has taught me to embrace who I am because it is who I am and there are some great strengths that come with my sometimes difficult self.

Julianna Antonio (not verified) says...

I'm a true ENTJ to the fullest. Thank you for the information Truity.com.

Guest (not verified) says...

i don't see myself as entj maybe on my part only.

Neil Mangan (not verified) says...

I'm 42 and considering a new career. I have always been headstrong and ambitious, and forward thinking. Since thinking about a career change (currently I have my construction company and had enough of dealing with idiots on a daily basis) I took 5 separate personality tests - 4 out of 5 came back ENTJ, which is great and about right in summing me up. The thing is, coming from a building background I have little idea of what to step into (despite the corporate world and computer softrware industry ) appealing to me. What I'm trying to say is I would like to hear from anyone in a similar position and what they have done/are considering to do???

Thanks

wisteria07arcane says...

At last, I finally found the right personality that describes me most! Before I was INTJ and now ENTJ, wow! I changed BIG...

Sobhan.eslami says...

I am really ENTJ 100%
thanks for your test

Guest (not verified) says...

omg...I am a female ENTJ and I have FEW female friends. I was never really part of a huge group of girls that just like to hang out all the time - i just don't get along as well with them as guys!!! wow!

Guest (not verified) says...

...coming to this party 'late'. I am ENTJ-A female. Fist obtained this score a few years ago. Amused at its accuracy, puzzled by comment like 'thankfully small percentage of pipulation...'
On a personal note, the ENTJ characteristics consistently noted are not new to me at all... I have been critiqued by friends, lovers and even (ongoing) my own mother as being insensitive (I call it logical, or less-common sense), brutal (when I thought I was insightful or honest), dispassionate (when I took time to prepare the most honest or enlightening response)... On the flip side I have worked very hard and enjoyed career success... Not instantly because I found most jobs limiting, slow or filled with inefficient, time consuming, non-productive processes.... But I worked my way up, and eventually started my own business. Yes, stimulating conversations are VERY hard to find... I no longer have that expectation, going out most days armed with a selection of banal banter to amuse myself. Age and experience have lowered my expectations, but I do try to be a better listener than I was in my youth. It is easier to listen, than it was to initiate great conversations and watch eyes glaze over as they struggled to relate, -or listen to eager responses that clearly misunderstood my point or story... Or (the worst) they lean in, so intent, and say 'Wow, you really know a lot...". There are some really great aspects about ENTJ personality types! We don't just think we are right, we 'know' - a combination of observation, education, intuition and - ideally - experience positions us to be confident and excited to share, for the purpose of improving 'whatever' we have set out to improve. Others not on board? That's okay, they will be later when they 'see' (since we have not succeeded with clear description, we will niw show what we mean)... This is usually well received by employers or clients... Seldom by friends or family. No friends? That's okay, we like our own company and are more than able to challenge and entertain ourselves.
1% of the population, you say? Well, that expains a lot of the conversations I have endured that began with, "Why are you so..." or "Nirmal people would..." or "Why do you always..." or "Why can't you be...". Believe me, I spent years delving into self-improvment and introspective dissection to try to answer those questions. After the pain, the hearache, the hurt... I woke up older and wiser... Took a good look at my critics... and realized I was a talented, emotionally balanced, content, successful, happier, fulfilled person. Those who can't see that in me are missing out!

Kate1959 (not verified) says...

Took the Myers Briggs test when in undergrad. ENTJ perfectly fits. Always has. And, I've always gotten the "B#t@h" word since I started my career many years ago in management. Several college degrees later, I'm still frequently told I'm blunt and aggressive. To me that is a good trait. But, I have lightened it some by telling people up front that I am.

Got turned down for a job a few years back; the interviewer told me it was because within 6 months I would have her job. For the past several years I've been in strategic cost accounting helping troubled companies get turned around and productive. It's where I do my best work. Although at times under appreciated when I get "a wanna be" who is really just a IST or ISF.

Guest (not verified) says...

As a entj woman,unless someone can hold a conversation that stimulates my intelligence level, I have no time for them. I am a successful buisness woman, I'm focused, driven to succeed and anything in my way is kicked to the curb. In a male dominated buisness world I feel that women need to be twice as good as any man to succeed.

Guest (not verified) says...

I fall under entj and intj

ENTJmd (not verified) says...

Im a surgeon and female, 100% entj :)

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!

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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!

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.

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