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What is an ENTJ?

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.

What are ENTJs like?

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.

What are the core values of the ENTJ?

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 can I recognize an 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

Who are some 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

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

What do ENTJs like to do?

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.

What the experts say

"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

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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 --

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...

Definitely 100% me - ENTJ woman.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate
Thankyou

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...

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...

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

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!

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...

Completely Accurate! So cool!

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...

This really fits my personality

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

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...

cool i'm part of the 1 %

GF (not verified) says...

ENTJ

Mme (not verified) says...

this is so true, wow.

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 !!

Voldemort (not verified) says...

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

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).

Guest (not verified) says...

We are unicorns! :) Spot on.

Guest (not verified) says...

this is me in every way possible

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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...

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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!

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...

"Among the least likely of all types to believe in a higher spiritual power."

Looks like I have my work cut out for me.

TheHydraDildo (not verified) says...

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

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!

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.

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

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.

ENFJ (not verified) says...

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

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.

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...

100% ENTJ male. This is so accurate

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...

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!

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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.

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