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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.

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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...

I am a ENTJ women

John Wilder (not verified) says...

So do you think that two ENTJs can find romance?

Inneska (not verified) says...

Recently me and my husband made MBTI test, my man did even the profound one with part 1 and part 2. As a result we both are ENTJ. We built an amazing family with two kids, romantic love and relationships, together since 8 years, but we do fight, sometimes even a lot. The thing is both of us are always right and knows better☺️. But even though we are so similar and this helps us a lot, feeling like you are on the same wave with your man. 

AnonENTJ (not verified) says...

I am in the same situation, two ENTJs and similar amount of time also. I agree, having the same mindset is awesome. There is barely a time when we dont understand the others point of view. If we dont, you know the other is very willing to take as much time as needed to explain it haha!!

ClaytonSnider (not verified) says...

I think, as an ENTJ myself, it's quite possible two ENTJs could find a mutual understanding of loyalty and reliability and with that call it true love. Love to me is a decision not always a feeling, because feelings change often and drastically, love is a steady commitment. Having made that choice on either and both of their parts they may choose to forever be together. Is that romantic? Maybe not to most but having a life long partner that understands you and works well with you sounds romantic to me.

Nupur7 (not verified) says...

Being an ENTJ woman, I completely agree with this.

John Wilder (not verified) says...

Well lets see if a woman agrees with your opinion. I would hope so but women generally don't think like men

Seqular Seattle (not verified) says...

You are on a MBTI website but you abandon the model in favor of simplistic gender stereotypes? You should know that NT women are uncommon and "female" traits are therefore based mostly on SFs and NFs. I am disappointed in such sloppy thinking from an ENTJ (also your lack of appropriate punctuation). NT women are just as rational, ambitious, and generally awesome as NT men although we have often learned to don a nice veneer to get by. But, as I am demonstrating right now, we really do not value being nice.  We care much more about what is right than how anyone feels about it. 


John Wilder (not verified) says...

Yes men and women identified as ENTJ's have many similar thought patterns in terms of analytical skills but there is still a gender difference between men and women and men outnumber women ENTJs overwhelmingly in terms or raw numbers and percentages.  Let me give you and example.  I will be teaching marriage seminars in the near future and there is a gender trait unique to women of all personality types.  If the woman can in any way perceive a comment made by their husband as a critique of her often she will go NUCLEAR on his ass, yelling, screaming, name calling, slamming doors usually the bedroom door where the sexual starvation begins. Then the ultimate punishment is the "silent treatment" which is cruel and unusual punishmnet.  I will be teaching the women better conflict resolutions skills rather than just inflicting punishment on her husband.  Now as to my punctuation, this is not an English comp class and is just quick answers and I don't always bother with punctuation even though as a published writer I know punctuation.  Nitpicking on your part and again just putdowns which don't do anything other than to give you satisfaction for slamming me but I understand.

NikitaENTJ (not verified) says...

John Wilder, your seminars seem a little gender specific, since any human who is critiqued as you put it, will react negatively to varying degrees if the that critique isnt constructive, delivered with empathy and the understanding that they are speaking to another human being with feelings. Maybe you should try teaching how to communicate effectively rather than teaching women to be more pliable to their husbands criticism. A woman is not a doll to be programmed to react in a specific way to make a marriage work. Sexual starvation? Women punishing men? So you’ve probably had a hard time in your own relationships and have very meager understanding that you BOTH have a hand in how a relationship becomes successful and now your inflicting that experience on the women you bring into your circle of influence?. What on earth are you teaching? if you want sex then be freakin sexy for crying out loud, critique isnt sexy! Making someone feel bad about themselves isnt the path to getting your freak on, it doesnt matter who you are. Women are passionate and sensual beings, you should be teaching the guys how to tap into that energy rather than teaching women not to inflict punishment. Seriously, you should think about getting another job, or take some personal development classes for yourself, your focus is very gender biased, and it seems like you need to overcome your own personal traumas before you can give effective advice to the rest of humanity. Your embellishments of a womens response to men in marriage are typical of a man who has suffered similar experience. You think your teaching women better conflict resolution skills when really all you want to do is to teach women to react in a way that is calculated to produce the experience YOU desired in your own life. Programming them to make them respond to the way you desire, rather than making both genders understand each other, communicate empathetically with each other, so that they don’t criticise each other in the first place. You need to heal yourself first, because if you insist on trying to heal others before overcoming your own issues, that healing will remain very one sided.

AnonENTJ (not verified) says...

That's quite an exaggeration based on stereotypes. I am an ENTJ woman married to an ENTJ man and we barely fight. We both think through situations and know the other is always trying to do the right thing. We are just human once in a while and make small mistakes but we get over it fast. It's not fun to hear criticism but if the person giving it is genuine it is meant to help make things better, not said just to hurt someone. Read the recent article from today on this website on TJ/TJ marriages.

MelanieL (not verified) says...

To second the other poster, this is not a "female" trait.  To give you some anecdotal points from another ENTJ female, I'm often described as robotic and unemotional by men in terms of conflict or in situations where emotional displays are expected, particularly when they are emoting at me.  I care about efficiency and productivity and I find yelling, screaming, namecalling, slamming doors, crying, etc. to be inefficient and unproductive.  I find untethered emotional responses rather repulsive and go directly into trying to find resolution.  If someone just wants to "vent" and not problem solve, my interest and patience level is almost non-existent as I see "venting" rather valueless.  I've seen more explosively emotional reactions from men than from women before (and I have worked in hypermasculine career fields for most of my life), particularly from ENFP and INTJ men.  Have you read about attachment theory (anxious, avoidant, fearful, secure, etc.)?  One's attachment style is also not gender dependent and relates to what you wrote above.  I'm concerned that the "emotional" men and "unemotional" women in your group are going to feel quite ostracized but aren't going to let you know about it.

Seqular Seattle (not verified) says...

Dear John, 

It is simply not true that all women go "nuclear" in response to perceived criticism, and it would be unusual for an ENTJ woman to act as you describe. We are much more likely to retreat into our head (our NT safe place) and strategically plan our next move than to indulge in an emotional outburst. I am sorry if that has been your experience, but it was probably not with NT women. We are quite rare, as you note. Men, of course, are also quite capable of ranting & raving, as well as shutting down. Surely your seminar will include conflict resolution skills for them as well. The Gottmans' well-regarded research has identified criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling as the four most significant predictors of divorce. These behaviors have no association with gender. I would suggest reading their work to get a more balanced, data-driven perspective. Re my comments on punctuation & grammar - the interesting part to me is that in several ways you do not seem true to type. ENTJs, in our constant striving for expertise and respect, seldom "don't bother" to present ourselves as best we can, whether in person or on a page. We also rarely make statements like "all women".... because we realize such absolutes are almost never correct. 

ENTPFart (not verified) says...

My mother was an ENTJ and would go NUCLEAR about ANYTHING that challenged her personality/authority. But go off. 

Female 1%er (not verified) says...

Agreed!!  John, you are so wrong about ENTJ women.

Ally1988 (not verified) says...

Women? Do you have the ability to multiply?!

Esmeralda Monroy (not verified) says...

I can multiply the amount of times you use your closed-minded thinking by the amount of times you hit on a girl and accurately determine that you'll remain alone for the rest of your life, misogynist. 

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

Most men are out there conquering the world. aha

Guest (not verified) says...

I KNOW RIGHT. I feel like it should be more of the population because i am a student and we did this but 8 of 29 of us had ESTJ

Jhon (not verified) says...

Maybe you and your students friends have same hobbies 

Guest (not verified) says...

Yea, but you are in school based on your major, which would have similar personality styles.

Guest Miami (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more. It makes sense now. Total natural born leaders!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am 100% ENTJ

Sharif (not verified) says...

INTJ is the closest to  my personality by the hair, in other words this prsonality test fails to meet my personality which is disappointing, given the options that are given, this is the closest one yet by two reasones. So this test did not apply to me for some reasone 

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

ENTJs are sure about their personality type. You're not one, and you aren't an INTJ either, too emotional.. maybe ISFJ, by the b**ching ;)

Ming (not verified) says...

Hahahaha love it

hey, guys! (not verified) says...

I love to see kids playing!!


Chrissssss (not verified) says...

In fact, if you are ENTJ, you are logical and analytical. So you’d know that this test is flawed and unreliable ( for explanations why, look on google). Hence, you wouldn’t be certain that any of these 16 personality types describes you perfectly. I am largely ENTJ, however the test doesn’t correctly describe all of my characteristics. It’s just an approximation. Maybe, bro, you aren’t the ENTJ?

Saturniid (not verified) says...

AnonINTP, please don't troll. And provide credible information, unlike the stereotyping you just brought to light.

MBTI focuses on how one processes information, via thought or feeling, etc. I'm 110% INTP but not all of us categorically fit via every generalized description. For instance, I'm a bit more in-tune with my emotional side than once was, but there's still that underlying distance because of thought value. And generally, the older/more mature someone becomes, the harder it is to type them.

To the one that was unsure, if you want more clarity, focus on and learn more about cognitive funtion usage and priorities, and take a look at the functional stacks for each type. Try taking the individual tests too, like one for usage of Te or Ti, another for Se or Si, etc, etc. Keep in mind, once you find your functional stack, researching the MBTI that's correlated to it won't always match up to par with your personality because the whole of your mind cannot be reduced to a simple four letters on a web page. :)

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

Awn.. 110% INFP, so cute trying to save the world.

RealENTJ (not verified) says...

Daw....How cute! And freakishly adorable. A freakishly adorable INTP (or so it's been claimed!) found in the ENTJ's home turf. You're barking up the wrong tree, lad. Ever heard of the Jungian cognitive functions, bro? Yeah, didn't think so. Because if you knew what you were worth, you'd be surprised at what personality type you might actually be. 

Saturniid (not verified) says...

AnonINTP- And this is why INTPS get such a bad rap most of the time, and it's rather ironic to our functions-- over-generalizing trolls spreading poor, barely credible information.

Of course, just because I've managed to develop my Fe qualities a bit, you assume me to be an INFP. You're proving my point about generalizing. Sorry, but the last heavy assessent I had function-wise, everyone broke it down into very clear dominant Ti, since it's all about clarification--the exact intention of my prior statement, and inferior Fe, because despite the fact it's developed more, I still suck with recognising or even dealing with emotions, and Fi is the opposite of that. There is nothing about me that's dominant Fi. Lol.


But that's enough about me. I was informing someone else and clarifying that tests and letter dichotomies are simply unreliable because they're based on generalizations and percentiles. Meanwhile, I simply found your oddly moody trolling rather illogical, so it left me questioning why you were needlessly immature about it, that's all.

Anyway, this is senseless and even more so due in part to the fact that this somehow turned into an INFP/INTP prod on the ENTJ page of all places.

ENTP Annie (not verified) says...

"... this somehow turned into an INFP/INTP prod on the ENTJ page of all places.... " so funny ... I normally do not comment on any of open comment debates but this comment really made me laugh ... I am just trying to picture any of the ENTJ's I know toes being stepped on ... 

Intpsavage (not verified) says...

lol intps trying to dominate the entj section for no reason

Saturniid (not verified) says...

Haha. That wasn't my intention, though I apologize since I'm an INTP that participated in responding to the other supposed INTP. This definitely wasn't the page to be doing that on. I just get irritated at the trolls that give INTP a bad rap. Well, that, and inaccurate information.


Anyway, I should stop typing before this becomes another wall of text. I hope you have a good day!

Ghost (not verified) says...

You're trying way too hard to be cold, it's honestly a boring act. If you want to be rude at least grow some balls and be more upfront. The passive aggressive act is pathetic.

Ziad says...

or intp like u

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