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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.

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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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Sobhan.eslami says...

I am really ENTJ 100%
thanks for your test

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...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

i don't see myself as entj maybe on my part only.

Julianna Antonio (not verified) says...

I'm a true ENTJ to the fullest. Thank you for the information Truity.com.

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.

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

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"

e-pig (not verified) says...

I need to meet some of these entj women...
But where?

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.

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....

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 

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.

 

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. 

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. 

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