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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.

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.

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How rare 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.

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ENTJ Quotes

"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

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.

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Elba Mueller (not verified) says...

Here is one. I am a woman Entj, and Mexican. Attorney, diploma in interior design, trilingual, public speaker, author, and now investor.I am on the path of continuous growth. I am 50 but I am in my best shape, and look better than I ever did, even in my 20's.

too bad it took my too long to know I was ENTJ. It would have been a bit easier if I would have identified this patters earlier in my life.

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!

Omar (not verified) says...

I like a girl who has the Character, if u r the type who is highly motivated and full of new crazy ideas. Then pali.oth is my insta, am serious.

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

100% ENTJ male. This is so accurate

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...

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

ENFJ (not verified) says...

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

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.

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

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.

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!

TheHydraDildo (not verified) says...

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

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.

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...

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!

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

this is me in every way possible

Guest (not verified) says...

We are unicorns! :) Spot on.

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).

God (not verified) says...

Ok... feminist

Voldemort (not verified) says...

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

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 !!

Mme (not verified) says...

this is so true, wow.

GF (not verified) says...

ENTJ

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