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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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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. 

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. 

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. 

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

April/21/1997 (not verified) says...

If you are a ENTJ or INTJ why even publically praise that you are rare?
In doing this you must be very new to aquiring these new tools.

Congratulations for discovering the tools commonly used for gaining knowledge and power. Secondly, shame on you for thinking being "rare" in terms of being a competent personality type is a thing to be proud of.

Not only is this personality rare in both genders it is more rare in woman. Meaning woman are less likely to even be very knowledge seeking, ambitious, or have leadership qualities. What pitiful thing to be proud of. ENTJ and INTJ naturally do not tolerate incompetence. If everyone was competent, the world would be a much better and happier place.

Learn to dream of a utopia of where everyone is competent.
You can either be a ENTJ who openly teaches others how to take steps to being competent or be an INTJ who stays away from incompetent people and only talks to other competent people like themselves.

Also for the sake of the rest of us who are experienced in using these INTJ and ENTJ tools. Don't complain how the boss "didn't understand you" or how you "can't seem to figure out what career path to take" you just look like a mess to the rest of us in the INTJ and ENTJ community if you are going to claim to be ENTJ / INTJ. We know what tools you have because we have them. Just because you have finally discovered these tools doesn't mean there's no moral responsibilties to them. You should be able to outsmart people and take on your own problems and goals as you are obviously more capable of taking what you need because of your new found tools. To other personality types you might not look lazy but to your own you will look lazy and immature for whining. Especially if it's publically.

So if you are a new found INTJ / ENTJ woman. Learn to get your life together. The rest of us are watching and grimancing. Not all newbies have this problem but many do.

It's already irritating enough much of the human race is incompetent to us. Then it goes to women being even less well equpit than men. And even once you get to other INTJ's ENTJ's and INFJ's it's only underwhelming to see them be completely and totally inexperienced and still requiring to be taught more.

Yes, I say women because 80% of the time it's always women posting these insecure or non-productive comments. Not men. Men seem to know quite well how to keep these feelings to themselves.

Hope you newbies to INTJ and ENTJ have learned a bit about the crucial need for your own self awareness after reading.

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.

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.

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