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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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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...


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...


Guest (not verified) says...

cool i'm part of the 1 %

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...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

This really fits my personality

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...

Completely Accurate! So cool!

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...

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!

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...

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

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

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...

This is so accurate

Guest (not verified) says...

Definitely 100% me - ENTJ woman.

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...

I can up a tie between ENFJ and ENTJ. I see myself in both of them, but it is strange. It seems as though up till now I have been an ENTJ all the way. But recently I have been shifting a little bit more towards the feeling side. While reading the description of the ENTJ I winced a couple times, as now that I think about it, in the past this has been me to the letter. I don't want to offend anyone, but to be honest, I don't want the life of an ENTJ. The life of an ENFJ seems like the life I want. Now, I am 14, so it might just be that right now my personality is changing from ENTJ to ENFJ, but I really feel as though whenever I think of myself in the future, I see myself as an ENFJ, and whenever I think of my past, I see myself as an ENTJ. No offence, but right now, the future of ENTJ sounds scary, way too lonely. As the life of the lonely bigshots that give all the calls, a life in the which one slip up can lead to a disastrous fall.

PS. I am 100% Christian. I believe in God with all my heart.

Jane Josefson (not verified) says...

It's tough being 14 today -- a lot harder than it was 20-30 years ago.

But don't label yourself with four little letters. You will 'change'(despite the generally assumed 'It takes a traumatic experience' to change types. Consider all the 'roles' you will play in life!

I tested out twice as an INTJ because courses in science, math, and later accounting/business encouraged me in that direction -- as did the proactive, individual efforts required early in my career. Later, I my company provided a lot of instruction in how to build and maintain relationships with my co-workers -- beyond task talk, learning the lesson that success depends as much if not more what other people know -- because you can't know it all, you need to work in teams rather than the LONE WOLF MODE, and you're always learning -- and I tested out as an ENTJ.

And now -- I'm changing again.

Also - you will be different in different situations -- family, friends, jobs, and organizations you belong to require different approaches -- so don't get stuck in a self-imposed rut, just because it gives you 'the warm fuzzies'! Biblical references Mordecai to Ester: 4:14(part 2)'And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?'

You never know what God has in store for you -- in this life or the next!

In Christ --

Cheryl Tigner (not verified) says...

I too am 100 per cent Christian and love the Lord with all my heart. Unlike the majority I have a lot of people who enjoy being my friend. I believe that is a choice, it's like saying you don't have control over being rude to people. I am totally ENTJ however I like things done am a born leader, have always been able to find help at whatever goal I set. However I can appear to be unfeeling at times or to blunt I don't do it to be mean I just don't like to waste time because God is coming back and there is not time for people to be insecure. However I am loved and respected in that I am normally correct on what I do or discuss because I don't waste my time speaking or discussing things I don't know about.

Don't feel bad about it just manage it and ask God to help you manage it. It can work out great for His Glory remember He made You!!! He does not make mistakes. Hope that helped.

gordanford says...

I am the same combination and it is rewarding. I think what this means is that we have the natural leadership attributes of a ENTJ but our faith in God tempers the harder edges of it. I think it is a great combination as I am a pastor and director of a charter school. Use your ENTJ gifts and talents for God and let Him guide the feeling side of yourself. A ENTJ is a unique person, but we ENT(F)J's are the rarest an most special of all. God needs us to lead in this dying world!!

ENTJ Christian SAHM (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ Christian, stay at home of four kids, homeschooler, and in a sweet ad loving marriage with an 'Inspector'. We're a great match. He is so faithful and dutyful and I am ambitious and energetic. We are in leadership at church, strive to be an encouragement to others and teach our kids about being faithful and diligent in their lives to the glory of God. After reading that ENTJ's were unlikly to believe in a higher power I just had to resolve that God is faithful and he can draw anyone to himself. Nothing is impossible for Him. I have always been strong willed and that hasn't changed but now my will to follow God and raise our kids in the nurture and admonition of The Lord is where I put my time and energy. Best job ever!

Chrissy Root (not verified) says...

Reading this has been super encouraging for me! Thank you!

God Bless!

Karen P (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman married to an Inspector too! We homeschooled when our kids were older. I was in Law Enforcement for 6 years in my younger days. And I totally love Jesus! Nothing is impossible for God and I just wanted to affirm what you posted! Good for you for making the raising of your children and their education a top priority! I now work coordinating Continuing Education at a technology center and I can put my ENTJ skills to work and be an influence for Christ in the workplace. God bless you and your family!

Guest (not verified) says...

No offense taken. I tried the line between ENTP & ENTJ so how I come across is different based on the situation(like home v work). But I wouldn't give it up for 'feeling' anyways. I may appear intolerant or emotionally slow sometimes but if I need to go it alone I know I won't be taken advantage of or if I rely on a team, they counter for my weakness with their strengths or work with me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I relate to all of this. I am a 24-year-old female who loves The Lord. I used to test as an ENFJ but am now a solid ENTJ. But take heart! I am married to an ISTJ and am very thankful for how my personality type has played out in our relationship. Friendships have been hard for me but as I learn how to respond and adjust to the "Feelers" and "Sensers" of the world it gets easier to build relationships. Don't worry about a life of loneliness - keep growing in your relationship with Jesus and He will soften your heart toward your own emotions and others'!

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