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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 (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. 

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.

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.

He's not real and you know it as an ENTJ (not verified) says...

Jeez the Christians really ruined the comments on page 2

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

ToStand (not verified) says...

I would switch ESFJ and ESFP in your graphs.

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.  

 

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 .

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/

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 :-). 

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. 

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