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The ENTJ Personality Type

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.

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What does ENTJ stand for?

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.

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

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

ENTJ Values and Motivations

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 Others See the 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

ENTJ Hobbies and Interests

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.

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

Quotes About ENTJs

"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

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John Wilder (not verified) says...

So do you think two ENTJs can find love since they are so similar?

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.

im not emma (not verified) says...

well sorry but what about if youre pregnant and you had to choose to give it up or not, then you would rely purely on emotion NOT logic.

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...

redstrategy (not verified) says...

You come off as ENFJ to me. Many people can take the test and come up with a different result. It's about what you are and what you WANT to be. Take the test again and be honest with yourself this time.

Nix (not verified) says...

Hello fellow ENTJ! I am a woman, psych major but work in clinical research, decent pay, good position, good future but comfort zones makes me uncomfortable so I'm moving on to new challenges. Currently obtaining MA in Psych but not sure where I would like to restart my career. I thought about Forensic Psych or PsyD and have a fetish for military, big WWII nerd. My dream would be to do research for military but I'm rounding 40 and don't know if I can stomach 6 years of school, not to mention I'll be relying on my husband to support me financially until I'm done w/school.

What draws you to the military? For me it's intelligence, strategy, leadership, innovation, self-preservation

Why Forensic Psych? For me I thought hearing about abused children would not make for a sustainable career. Although everything else about it sounds awesome.

 

Rue of ENTJ-A (not verified) says...

Female ENTJ here as well, into true crime, and currently on the road to becoming a Forensic Accountant.  Researching history is one of my hobbies, and WWII is one of the subjects I enjoy discussing.  Was surprised to see how rare it is for females to be classified as ENTJ.  It must be why I don't get along with that many females.

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.

Rukayat (not verified) says...

Good to find someone like me!

Ming (not verified) says...

I feel you girl!!

Rue of ENTJ-A (not verified) says...

Agreed, finding other females that are relatable is trying, and now I know why.

hey, guys! (not verified) says...

A compatibility test says Id also like to have an ESTJ partner.  ESTJs are quite less rare.

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)

ClaytonSnider (not verified) says...

No that's 1% of women are ENTJ, whereas it's 1-3% of men. There are apx 3,791,561,932 women worldwide, 49.6% of the 7.6 billion total population. So you may fix your answer if you want, now that you have acurate information fed to you.

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! :)

TheManOfMenstruation (not verified) says...

Tbh, scored an ENTJ i had this fate thing where, since elementary, till college, till today, i always, chosen, to be in charge or sumthing, schoolday, workday, or hanging out. Eventhough 95% of the time i dont want to.... .

I just want to get everything done and come home... . XD

Felda (not verified) says...

So am I - I see we are part of the 1% of the population! No surprise, really.

Annabeth Chase (not verified) says...

I am also an ENTJ woman!

Erika Belopotocanova (not verified) says...

Me too. So hard to find one! So..Hello! :-)

 

Karisa Munoz (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman as well. I was actually surprised to find out that ENTJ women were rare.

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

I bet my kids and coworkers wrote up this description of my personality. It's been particularly hard to be a woman with this personality type. I'm sure over the years, plenty of people have called me a 5-letter word behind my back, while men with this personality type are applauded as having integrity, intelligence, and leadership. But I have finally come to a place where my traits are useful, and since I work with quite a few men who are either INTJ or ENTJ, I am appreciated.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am also an ENTJ, but I don't feel appreciated. What profession did you choose that made you feel so appreciated?

Kalan (not verified) says...

I've found anything with exposure to people to be very rewarding. A sales atmosphere is particularly beneficial because of the competitiveness and ability to make good money without a degree.

Victor P (not verified) says...

I am actually surprised at my result! It does sound a but like me, but I do believe in a higher spiritual power to the utmost. It seems to me this is my role in the workplace more then anything, but still decently accurate! I love cars and racing and sometime in the near future hope to make a career out of it, so add that to the list of careers they ETNJ can do!

Guest (not verified) says...

estp.

Guest (not verified) says...

ESTP

Guest (not verified) says...

really cool to find out some things that i suspected all along lol!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow...as an ENTJ female in the workplace, the profile of a typical ENTJ sounds so much like me that it leaves me speechless. If I can just figure out to how to work with an ISTJ boss, life would be even more grand than it already is! ...my boss has made it pretty clear that he doesn't like having me as a subordinate, but oh well. He won't be my boss forever. As I recently thought to myself when he was being a jerk, "I won't let his behavior tear me down because the way I see it, as long as I maintain my professionalism and a cool-head, this is an opportunity to demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, which be a bonus for me in the long run."

Guest (not verified) says...

I know what it's like to work with an ISTJ superior. I go back and forth between "It's so perfect -- we're on task and getting things done" and "Huh????"

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