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All about ENTJ Personality Type – The Enterprising Leader

All about ENTJ Personality Type – The Enterprising LeaderUpdated on November 8, 2021 | Published on October 3, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, Certified Psychiatrist

ENTJ Personality Type – The Enterprising Leader

The personality type of a person is the combination of traits or qualities that describes the distinct character or nature of the individual. It actually differentiates you from the other person.

Are you energetic and assertive? Do you think that you are bold, firm, competitive, and straightforward? Do people know you as a fair and measured individual? Then, you must be an ENTJ personality type.

You are a born leader who plans well, sets the right strategies, and delivers the best output. Sometimes your extraverted nature tuned with intuitive thinking makes you see things in black and white.  

Your ambitious nature makes you strong and a go-getter type of individual. You have the natural propensity to direct, lead, and command others.

Let us peep into your charismatic world and know you a little more than what we already know about you.

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ENTJ – Meaning and personality type

SUMMARY
ENTJ stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging personality type. Being an energetic and enthusiastic person, you just make things happen. You are objective and analytical, assertive, competitive, confident, and goal-oriented. Moreover, you are expressive and can thrive well in groups.

ENTJ is one of the 16 personalities described in the Myers-Briggs personality typology. These people are hard-core extroverts with a deeply analytical mind.

You love momentum and will follow your goals diligently.

Your charisma and attractiveness, make you a good leader. You command and lead with an aura of positivity and conviction. 

Your confidence and logical nature attract people towards you. They will follow you towards meeting a common goal.

Sometimes, being an INTJ is not easy because your ruthless determination and outgoing nature drive you towards losing your humility. Thus, you may appear rude, harsh, and overly interfering.

ENTJs love to accept challenges, no matter how small they may be. They trust their intuition, have immense faith in hard work and determination to achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. 

These people become the best entrepreneurs because of their strategic planning and people managing skills. Usually driven by strong willpower, they can achieve precise business goals easily.

On the other hand, an ENTJs extraverted nature drives and motivates others to do their best. They are born achievers who have never learned to fail.

ENTJs are extremely energetic and focused. They never lose their momentum. They are the pioneers in team building as they are dominant, relentless, and authoritative.

ENTJs are structured, systematic, and plan much ahead before putting it into action. Their decision-making is driven by logic and not by emotion.

The acronym ENTJ stands for the four cognitive functions that describe this personality type.

1. Extroversion – ENTJs are extroverts. They derive their energy and enthusiasm from others. They work in situations that involve many people. Thus, they are outgoing, steadfast, expressive, and turned towards the outer world.

2. iNtuition – their intuitive nature helps to explore new things, create masterpieces, and look at the big picture rather than the minute details.

3. Thinking – ENTJs are deep thinkers who create new ideas, explore the available options, and decide with logical understanding. Their decisions are always thoughtful and never based on emotions.

4. Judging – Judgements bring structure and organization skills to an ENTJ. They prefer to follow a schedule and a specific routine to increase their efficiency and get things done on time.

In short, ENTJ characteristics include the following:

  • Competitive
  • Focused
  • Organized
  • Analytical
  • Goal-oriented
  • Outspoken 
  • Confident speaker
  • Fair and measured
  • Consistent
  • Expressive
  • Sociable
  • Creative and charismatic

What if you are an ENTJ?

Being an ENTJ, you are quick to find mistakes and loopholes in any system and prefer to solve them instantly. You are a dominant leader who can conceptualize and develop a long-term vision and put it into reality.

Your assertive mindset helps you to take charge of things and deliver your responsibilities diligently. You will plan and organize people and processes in the right way to meet your goals.

You are spontaneous and flexible, yet lead others with influence and command. If you are a team leader, people will follow you because of your well-knit plans and logical strategies.

ENTJs are motivated to achieve 100% success in whatever they do. They hate failures and will never settle for anything less. As you are ambitious, you will be inclined towards power and influence.

You will love to take the last call in whatever you might be doing and take decisive action towards its accomplishment. 

ENTJs are friendly, sociable, and outgoing people but they may not look into the finer emotional cues of others. 

Sometimes, due to the influence of a logical mind that is power-loving, you may ignore or cannot attend to the feelings of others.

You like group activities but may appear shrewd and arrogant while working with others. For you performance is important and you are excessively focused on the end result. 

You always like to be competent, productive, and successful; no matter what problems come your way.

Being an ENTJ, you will be efficient in finding out the best strategies to get things done, even if others consider you rude and insensitive.

You will stand up well with people who are intellectually sharp, creative, analytical, and influential in their respective fields. 

Maybe, while setting a work team of your own, you will match people who possess high levels of efficiency and precision just like you.

You will face a challenge if others want you to feel their subtle feelings. If you find someone inefficient, incompetent, and lazy at work, you will become insensitive towards them. 

You will never take things for granted and are not interested in listening to excuses that someone might make for no apparent reason. 

In such a situation, others will consider you arrogant, insensitive, and less compassionate.

Thus, you are a powerhouse of efficiency, competence, and leadership with little inclination towards emotional display in your professional life. 

For you, displaying finer feelings is a sign of weakness and submissiveness. This behavior can make you appear unpopular, cold, and emotionally numb.


ENTJ personality traits (20 signs of an ENTJ personality type)

The most dominant, assertive, confident, and energetic person has to be an ENTJ. You will be found at the top of a social ladder and organizational hierarchy representing efficiency and competence to a level of utmost perfection.

Let’s analyze the various signs of being an ENTJ:

1. Value for time

ENTJs are punctual and orderly. They never procrastinate and lose valuable time. They hate being lazy and idle. 

You are good at managing and spending time judiciously. You always do things in a systematic way. Inefficiency and laziness from yourself or others may let you down. 

You may feel frustrated if things are not done on time.

If someone gives excuses for not having enough time to do something, you may get irritable and avoid being with that person forever. Your motto in life is punctuality and hard work.

2. Good at controlling emotions

You are good at controlling and mastering your subtle emotions. Sometimes you may feel that expressing emotions is a sign of weakness. Your intuitive and logical mind tells you to keep things to yourself and avoid being overwhelmed and swayed by emotions.

As you are highly objective and rational while making a decision, you keep emotions at the backend and never allow them to intrude and interfere with your decisions.

Emotional control makes you unbiased and remains fair as much as possible.

3. ENTJs can foresee issues beforehand

Your intuitive mindset is guided by strong instincts. You can sense problems before they happen. As you are insightful, you can see things clearly and may know how things are going to take shape in reality.

Maybe you are apt to see future potential in people and systems before anything good gets created in real life. 

If anything is not going right, you will quickly resolve the issue so that it doesn’t hamper the performance of the team as a whole.

4. Risk taking is good

Being an ENTJ, you will take risks, if you think that success rates will be great. You will face tough challenges with ease and grace. 

You will try to grasp the best opportunities for learning, no matter how tough they may appear to be.

5. Variety motivates you to work harder

You would love to do a variety of things in real life. Monotony and the same routine life make you feel stuck and trapped in boredom. 

You may seem to lose your energetic and enthusiastic ‘self’. On the flip side, you may lose focus and interest also. 

You would like to work on multiple things at a time. A lot of variety motivates you to keep pace with your goal-oriented mindset.

You will be drawn towards new opportunities and innovative learning. Your rational thinking hates to repeat ideas. It lowers your motivation and focus at work. 

Thus, you don’t like memorizing unnecessary stuff, rather would prefer to explore variety and novelty in whatever you do.

6. ENTJs love innovation

You will hate to do things in similar ways as they have always been done by others. It means you will create novelty in work and do things differently. You are not the one who follows the crowd blindly.

This is a hallmark characteristic of an ENTJ that they never follow a preordained set of rules and conventions. They do the same thing differently and get their desired success much sooner than others.

In one word, you are a trendsetter and never approve of the same way of doing things. You always allow your vision and ideas to thrive and grow in a big way that others may not have ever thought of in reality.

7. You’re not an emotional robot as people describe you 

You are not heartless and affectless as stereotypes describe you. Though you appear cold and keep your emotions in check, you are loving, kind, and compassionate.

You may not deal with people emotionally but that doesn’t mean that you lack warm feelings. Therefore, you will always provide good advice to people you care for. 

Sometimes people may misunderstand you as bossy and dominating because your outward demeanor is not kind and humble. You will always help others silently.

8. You are good at organization and planning

Your intuitive and logical mind makes you orderly and systematic. You are good at organizing things with precision. You do not like messy work. It should be neat, systematic, and perfect.

Without a proper plan, you may not be able to work well because you will feel demotivated and irritable.

Your organization skills fetch you the best results and thus you can never do away without them.

9. Authenticity is everything

ENTJs are genuine and authentic individuals. They hate to keep things secret. Thus, you will always love to relate with truthful, honest, and authentic people.

Your introverted intuition (Ni) and introverted feeling (Fi) help you to understand the authenticity of people who relate or work with you. You will readily understand whether people are honest, fair, or manipulative with you.

10. Decisiveness

As you are a prompt decision-maker, you will trust your intuition to make the best choice and it helps you to quickly decide on many important issues in life. 

Later on, you will hardly regret your decisions because you know that you have made the right choice.

ENTJs are efficient in deciding quickly without worrying too much about the consequences. 

11. High on self-confidence and self-assurance

You are always good and perfect in whatever you do. This is because of your high confidence level. You are self-assured that you can turn small opportunities into big success stories.

There is nothing that can defy your abilities. Being an ENTJ, you always know that you can do it, no matter whatever problems or hardships may come your way. Right?

Sometimes you may suffer from self-doubt, but that is just a passing phase. You know that it will never control your life. This makes you so sure about yourself.

12. Haughty

Being an ENTJ, you will always be very rational and efficient. This trait works against you. Sometimes you may become too obsessed with work and performance that others may see you a rude, haughty, and merciless.

You may ignore the emotions of others and they will regard you as cold and affectless. At times, this trait forces you to dismiss emotional stuff and explain everything on the basis of logic.

13. Impatient

ENTJs are known to be impatient and intolerant of delays, mistakes, and anything that disturbs their perfectionist and orderly mindset.

This impatient nature can disturb the peace and harmony of the team or organization that they work for. ENTJs cannot tolerate people who do things slowly, even snide remarks to them quite often. This behavior of an ENTJ makes them arrogant, intolerant, and unpopular.

14. Strategic with power of intelligence

ENTJs are good at planning and lay off the best strategies to accomplish their goals. They never go wrong with their plans because it is made after thoughtful consideration of different finer aspects of the project.

While making any important decisions, they will think many times before executing their plans into action. They take a pause and think about everything beforehand. This minimizes the error in work.

As a result, they seldom fail in their endeavors.

15. Arrogance makes them unpopular

Being an ENTJ, you may feel you are the best and cannot make mistakes. This brings a sense of pride to you. 

You may humiliate others who are not like you and can abuse them emotionally in social setups. This arrogance makes you unpopular at times. People may not like your superior and high-handed attitude.

16. A nitpicking type

ENTJs are perfectionists and they want everything to be in order. Sometimes they keenly start to find faults in others. 

They will try to find faults with how others are working and may start giving unnecessary advice that appears interfering by the other person.

These criticizing and nitpicking habits are annoying and make them haughty and fault-finding leaders. 

They may ruthlessly criticize and insult someone that goes into a position of conflict and disagreement.

17. A progressive sense of purpose

ENTJs live their life with purpose. They don’t do anything without a good reason. Their motto in life is doing something productive and meaningful for themselves and the community.

Being a result-oriented person, you will measure your success through achievements only. You never dwell on failure, rather learn from it and move on with your life happily. 

18. Stubborn

ENTJs are stubborn people. They think that they are always right even if the facts and figures are contradicting their claims. Sometimes their overconfidence leads to their ultimate downfall.

People with this personality type usually have a hard time proving themselves wrong. As they cannot face criticisms and negative feedback, they will hardly own their mistakes openly. 

They will always try to defend themselves as right, even though they know that they are not.

19. ENTJs can motivate others 

You have good leadership skills coupled with a powerful communication style. This quality of yours is tempting and others get attracted towards you.

You can easily motivate them to follow your lead and perform to the utmost optimum levels. You have an inspiring personality that is magnetic and pulls people towards you. 

The best thing about you is, you are encouraging and help others to become the best in whatever they are doing. You can motivate even the worst performer to grow and deliver the best output.

20. ENTJs do not focus on ‘here and now’

ENTJs are progressive and plan for the future. They do not live in the present moment rather make strategies to accomplish future goals.

In the present time, they create ideas that can turn into big plans for the future. 


Cognitive dynamics of ENTJ personality (The Functional Stack)

There are 16 personality types described in the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) which is based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. 

According to Carl Jung, personality is composed of some cognitive qualities that are arranged in a hierarchical structure known as functional stacking.

The functional stacking shows the definite order in which the most dominant traits are arranged at the top and the less functional traits are lined up down the hierarchy. 

The less functional traits are classified as auxiliary, tertiary, and inferior functions. These cognitive functions help to determine how the individual relates to the outer world.

The dominant cognitive functions form the core structure of the specific personality type and the auxiliary functions support the dominant ones.

The tertiary functions are less developed and have a weak influence on the person’s behavior and thought process.

The inferior functions determine personality weaknesses that are unconscious and need to be developed to attain a balanced personality.

1. Dominant function: Extraverted Thinking (Te)

  • ENTJs are born extroverts who are outgoing, outspoken, and enterprising. This is a preferred function as it influences their thought processes and affective states in significant ways. 
  • It also influences the way an ENTJ plans, decides, and makes judgements in day-to-day life.
  • Extraverted thinking makes them speak before looking into all the details of the situation. Sometimes the decisions are quick and hasty because it was not a thoughtful one.
  • ENTJs are objective and rational. They are systematic and orderly, often sets measurable goals that can be achieved through hard work and determination. 

2. Auxiliary: Introverted intuition (Ni)

  • People with ENTJ personality types are future focused. They use their present skills to formulate future goals that are achievable.
  • This function helps them to appreciate change and move on with life. They are guided by their ability to think intuitively, study the various possibilities closely before arriving at a definite conclusion.

3. Tertiary: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

  • ENTJs are energetic and adventurous. They can do varied activities at the same time. Extraverted sensing helps them to focus on enjoying and experiencing new things in life. This function brings thrill and excitement into their life. 
  • You will never find ENTJs working on boring and monotonous stuff. They always seek new things that can keep pace with their energetic mindset.
  • Since their sensory focus is manifested towards the outside world, they appreciate beautiful things in life. Anything attractive, nice, and eye-catchy stuff can interest them in no time.

4. Inferior: Introverted feeling (Fi)

  • This cognitive function is less developed in ENTJs. They struggle in situations that call for expression and verbalization of emotional responses.
  • They lack understanding of others’ emotions, and may not respond in an appropriate way in emotional situations. Sometimes, this inferior function makes them appear haughty, arrogant, and affectless.

ENTJ and INTJ personality types (How to set them apart)

According to Carl Jung’s personality typology, introversion and extraversion fall in a spectrum with some people falling closer to one end than the other group. 

It means that whether you are an introvert or an extrovert will never be demonstrated in isolation. The decision will be based on four other cognitive functions of thinking, sensation, intuition, and feeling.

Now when we are comparing INTJ and ENTJ, it seems apparent that for an INTJ, the dominant cognitive function is introverted intuition and the auxiliary function is extraverted thinking. It’s just the opposite for an ENTJ.

For an ENTJ, extraverted thinking is the dominant cognitive function, while introverted intuition is the auxiliary function.

This leads to a lot of similarities and differences between the two types. If you are an ENTJ, you would be interested to know the similarities and differences with your closest counterpart. Right?

Points of similarities:

  • Both are independent thinkers.
  • They are career oriented, competitive people.
  • INTJs and ENTJs are organized, in love with logic and reasoning.
  • Usually they are neat, orderly and systematic in whatever they do.
  • Both these types are competent and able people. Sometimes they appear ruthless to others and are not liked by them.
  • Both love to acquire more knowledge, actually they are lifelong learners.
  • Intellectual stimulation is their first love. Both these types hate monotony and routine.
  • For both these types, emotions never come in the way of decision making.
  • They always want to have a grip and control over the things they are into and never allow things to let loose.
  • Both are keen to explore diverse opportunities for personal growth and innovation.
  • Both are imaginative and curious about the world around them.
  • The possess good problem solving skills
  • Both can overcome tough challenges with ease and grace
  • Both performs well under pressure

Points of differences:

ENTJINTJ
ENTJs are outgoing and their energy is directed and manifested towards the outside world. They are always energetic and excited in social setups.INTJs are introverts. They prefer to live in an inner world of deep thinking and intuition. They are focused inward and are calm people.
ENTJs have more social skills. They can easily open up and mix with a variety of people. Their verbal communication is excellent. Has good social confidenceINTJs are quiet, reserved, and hardly speak on their own in social setups. They cannot mix with everyone very easily. Has poor social confidence
ENTJs are enterprising and always remain open to new experiences. They are quick decision-makers.INTJs are in-depth explorers. They are open only to those experiences that relate well with their intuitive mindset. These people decide with understanding and insight, thus taking a lot of time to decide on crucial matters.
ENTJs want more productive conversations in social gatheringsINTJs remain quiet and give opinions only when asked for. They are poor at starting and maintaining good conversations.
ENTJs like socialization and group activities. They are always into outdoor stuff with friends and family.They like solitary activities such as reading, writing, painting, etc.
ENTJs are natural-born leaders. They motivate others to follow their lead.INTJs hate to lead. They prefer to set plans, devise strategies, do all the needful for achieving goals and rest the leadership role to someone else in the work team.
They are bossy, controlling, and haughty. Has an innate need to influence and dominate others.These folks are not at all bossy because they are neither interested in leading others nor exert domination on them. 
ENTJs are multi-tasking people.They are not because they take time to do things and decide upon important endeavors. 
They show interest in someone else’s life and would go out of their way to help them.They are not interested to know what’s happening in someone else’s life. They never help unless asked for.
ENTJs are practical-minded and believe in doing rather than only thinking. INTJs are abstract thinkers. They are more thoughtful and less interested in doing things.

ENTJ compatibility

ENTJs are known for their professionalism and goal-oriented mindset. They are misunderstood as someone who is not interested in finding love. In reality, this is not true.

ENTJs are very much into finding a compatible partner for themselves. They are most compatible with those people who are very similar to their habits and perspectives.

Usually, they are compatible with efficient, socially attractive, sophisticated, appealing, and energetic individuals. ENTJs are quite serious about their relationships. Since they are a dominant and outgoing personality type, they usually relate well with 

On the basis of MBTI functional analysis, ENTJ personality types can relate well with a personality type that allows them to organize, plan, and lead the relationship. Thus, the best compatible match for an ENTJ is INTP. 

The table given below shows the compatible matches of ENTJ personality types:

Good 
INFP
ENFP
INFJ
ENFJ
INTJ
ENTJ
ENTP
Bad
ISFP
ESFP
ISTP
ESTP
ESFJ
ISTJ
ESTJ
Worst
ISFJ
Best
INTP

ENTJ relationships

ENTJ relationships are based on serious commitments. They look for long-term committed friendships and connections to last forever. 

Since they love to lead others, they tend to approach their relationships with a definite plan that motivates their partner to follow them.

Since they are extroverts, they tend to dominate the relationship they are in. They get along nicely with people who can stimulate them intellectually and help them learn diverse things in life.

In this section, we will discuss how ENTJs fair well in their relationships as romantic partners, parents, and friends.

ENTJs as romantic partners/spouse

ENTJs have extraordinary energy and enthusiasm to build trusting relationships. However, falling in love is an uphill task for them. This is because of their inability to express emotions explicitly. To their partners, they often look like frigid and stone-hearted people.

They are the ones who often take personal responsibility to develop strong bonds and keep the romantic relationship going well. 

They take the leadership role in the relationship and will do anything to make the relationship mutually rewarding and fulfilling.

They put a lot of effort into the relationship and keep things interesting and attractive, especially in the beginning phase of the relationship. 

ENTJs possess a logical mind, and they weigh their relationships on the basis of good-bad traits. ENTJs fall in love with caution, as they are choosy and fussy in finding the right partner.

They look for long-term friendships and if they find that their relationship is not going smoothly, they may suddenly cut off from their partner. They are not people-pleasers after all.

ENTJs are poor at sensing and recognizing others’ feelings. Sometimes, they try to explain emotional situations with logic and here they make a big mistake. Their partner may see them as ruthless, insensitive, and cold.

Sometimes ENTJs dominate and rule their partner’s choices and decisions. ENTJs relate well with intuitive partners so that they can create balance and harmony in the relationship.

Moreover, commanders are sensitive to the needs of their partners, not feelings. They can give honest criticisms as well as praise their partners equally well. 

They believe in growing together in a relationship. ENTJs meet their partner’s needs, except those that need emotional support and care. They are not good at it.

As ENTJs are extroverts, they love to socialize and be involved in group activities. Thus, they prefer partners who are outgoing, energetic, and take an active part in social activities.

ENTJ partners are upfront and honest. They are open to listening to the true feelings of their partners and would not make wild guesses, as they know this can act as a trigger to end the relationship forever.

An ENTJ as a parent

As a parent, ENTJs can take pride that they are quite serious about their role. They are helpful and supportive as far as their role is concerned. 

If you are an ENTJ parent, you will help them pursue their creativity and nurture their talents.

You will teach them good values that help to build their superior character. Meanwhile, you are the one who will always expose the child to new learning to widen their knowledge base.

An ENTJ parent never resorts to the illegitimate demands of their children because they follow strict discipline at home. 

They never allow their children to follow different paths that they don’t like. Thus, sometimes they may get into conflict with their teenagers as well. In short, ENTJs are not flexible parents when it comes to disciplining their children.

As ENTJs are poor in understanding and validating the emotions of others, they are not the ones who can readily fulfill the subtle emotional needs of their children.

You will hardly be found giving hugs and kisses to your child; though exceptions can be there at times.

So to be precise, a commander parent is committed to raising independent, confident, and knowledgeable children who are future-focused and goal-oriented types, just like them.

AN ENTJ as a friend

In friendships, you will always seek personal growth and stimulation. ENTJs make friends who are interested in socializing with them. They like outgoing friends who can discuss various interesting topics and keep the conversation free-flowing for hours.

A commander is a helpful friend. They devote quality time and energy to nurture long-term friendships. Moreover, they deal well with intuitive and thoughtful friends who can follow their lead diligently.

Sometimes they may get into arguments and verbal fights with their friends only to prove themselves right. Their love for power, dominance, and influence is seen in all their closest relationships.

They struggle to understand timid, quiet, and introverted friends and never engage with such people deeply. 

In short, anyone with far-reaching ideas, organized plans and strategies, and a creative bent of mind for accomplishing life goals can become the friend of an ENTJ.


ENTJ in workplace

At the workplace, a commander’s personality is admired for their efficiency, hard work, and people managing skills. They are the pioneers in effective team building because they can motivate others to follow their lead to accomplish feats that others may have never thought of.

ENTJs usually take on managerial or executive roles in the organization. They can always bring innovative ideas to the table and execute their preset plans efficiently.

ENTJs are hard people to work with because they are perfectionists. They may not approve the smallest mistakes made by the teammates and can even discuss faults in a team meeting openly. 

Their co-workers may see them as ruthless, shrewd managers who are cruel, harsh, arrogant, and extremely insensitive towards the feelings of others.

Usually, people of this personality type are smart and set a high standard of work for themselves. Their go-getter attitude no matter what happens can bring organizational success and they are highly appreciated for their work performance.

They remain open to constructive criticisms and try to improve their skills every now and then.

An ENTJ colleague is sociable and engages in meaningful conversations in the workplace. They love to discuss a variety of topics and brainstorm novel ideas that can foster growth and innovation.

Their plan of action never goes wrong and their point of view is always accepted and admired for being different and awesome.

In the workplace, they are the most competent, disciplined, focused, and result-oriented people whom few of them admires and most of them envies openly.


ENTJ and career choices

In Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, ENTJs are referred to as ‘commanders’. Their intense leadership qualities set them apart from other personality types. Thus you will always find them working in leadership roles of managers, executives, directors, or entrepreneurs. 

Moreover, they also do well in certain other prominent roles that give them ample opportunities for strategic management and planning.

Let’s check out some of the well-suited career choices for them:

  • Management consultant
  • Project managers
  • Politicians
  • Social activist
  • Lawyers
  • Chief executive Officer (CEO)
  • Armed forces personnel
  • Engineer
  • Sales manager
  • Doctor
  • Advertising specialist
  • Research analyst
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist/Biophysicist
  • Geoscientist

ENTJ – strengths

All the personality types described in the MBTI come with a set of strengths and weaknesses. The strengths determine all the strong and dominant aspects of the individual’s personality and the shortcomings refer to either the flaws or weaknesses that one can develop to build up an all-around personality profile.

The key strengths of ENTJs are:

1. Strong-willed nature

ENTJs are known for their dedication, hard work, and productivity. They are the most efficient, focused, and goal-oriented people who use their skills to the fullest and get things done.

It is difficult to prove them wrong because they are smart and trust the rightness of their decisions. Their strong willpower and efficiency give them the success that they want for themselves. 

Moreover, ENTJs never succumb to pressure. They handle stress in the best possible way without getting overwhelmed. 

As they remain open to constructive criticisms, they improve their efficiency and skills and give the best output.

2. Efficiency

ENTJs are efficient and can do many things together. It means they can handle different types of work quite easily without compromising on quality. 

Since they have limitless energy and are driven by a sense of power and domination, they deliver to the optimum level.

ENTJs never fail in their endeavors because they keep on trying until things are done in the way they should be done. Their ability, expertise, and competence are just unmatchable.

3. Strategist

They are sharp and intuitive thinkers who can make the best plan, strategize the available resources, and execute it properly. They look into the minor details and the big picture of everything and organize their work efficiently. This helps to realize their vision pretty easily.

They never suffer a setback due to problems and obstacles rather get energized by them. ENTJs are conceptually sharp and they focus on strategies and effective planning so that the project can move on hassle-free and gets completed within the timeline.

4. Charismatic

ENTJs are attractive and charismatic. This quality motivates others to follow their leadership gladly. More to this, they are outspoken and very good at communicating their viewpoints and thoughts to the larger population.

They are eloquent speakers who use the power of words to get themselves across to other people. People adore them as leaders because of their ambitious nature. 

They are charming and magnetic and others easily get attracted towards them. 

5. High confidence level

ENTJs possess high confidence levels. They have trust in themselves that they cannot fail and will surely win over even the toughest of situations. They never get demotivated and always keep the flame of self-trust burning in their heart. 

ENTJ – shortcomings

The key shortcomings are as follows:

1. Affectless and harsh

The worst thing about ENTJ is, they are seen as ruthless, cold, and dominating by others. Since they try to explain everything on the basis of logic and reasoning and cannot understand the feelings of others, they are looked down upon as harsh beings.

2. Stubborn as a mule

People belonging to ENTJ personality types are stubborn and never change their minds. They are hard to convince and never take up another approach to do things, even if they know that they are going wrong in some way.

3. Low tolerance level

ENTJs have a low tolerance level. They cannot tolerate the inefficiency of others at work. Even they are not good at accepting the mistakes of others. These people are unsupportive of others’ emotions as well. 

As they are impatient and don’t like a slow approach to work, they often criticize people who take time either to understand concepts or execute plans effectively.

4. Arrogant

ENTJs are arrogant, haughty, and remain proud of themselves. They think they are the best in everything and can even look down upon people who do not match their preferences.

5. Handling of emotions is bad

ENTJs are bad at understanding and handling emotional situations. They badly fail because of extreme rationalism. People with this personality type are highly sociable but remain emotionally distant from others. 


Famous ENTJs you may be knowing

Though ENTJs are a rare personality type, still you may be knowing some of the famous people having this personality type. 


How to relate with an ENTJ personality? (Tips to guide you)

If you are dealing with an ENTJ, know by now that you’re dealing with a difficult person. Sometimes they may annoy you and get on your nerves. You will not like them because they are dominating, assertive, emotionally distant, and cold types.

Now the question is what you can do to deal with such persons in a daily life situation.

  • Recognize their strengths and ignore their weaknesses
  • Embrace their leadership and use their innovative ideas to create a masterpiece project
  • Try to take help from others who know them well so as to get an idea about their likes and dislikes.
  • Never create an emotional drama before them. You will be easily caught.
  • Be punctual and avoid procrastinating.
  • ENTJs are good communicators. So, you should remain open towards interesting conversations whenever you are dealing with them.

What do ENTJs hate?

The ENTJ personality type is a perfectionist. Getting caught in emotional situations, poor leadership, routine lifestyle, and inefficiency either from themselves or others makes them feel awry at no time. They may feel lopsided and wonky and may not be able to tolerate it well.

Few things that make them feel in such a way are as follows:

1. Lack of vision and ambition

ENTJs are ambitious and put a lot of emphasis on goals. Thus they do not like people who lack vision and ambition in life. They cannot understand why many people live a simple life without having any long-term goals in life. Actually, a life without a definite aim terrifies them in reality.

2. Poor leadership

If anyone displays poor leadership skills and cannot motivate the teammates, it irks the ENTJs. If you ask an ENTJ to work under a bad leader, they may get extremely frustrated and will surely lose their motivation to continue further.

Sometimes, in such a situation, they may also take over as a leader, if the circumstances permit so. Poor leadership demotivates an ENTJ very much.

3. Emotional and oversensitive people

ENTJs cannot deal with people who are too emotional, oversensitive and have a tendency to take things personally. 

If others take things the wrong way and feel sad about it, ENTJs would find it hard to deal with them. 

As they are not good at handling emotions, it becomes difficult for them to realize how others could feel about their aggressive words and dominant demeanor.

4. Carelessness

ENTJs hate careless work. They are extremely serious and committed people. Thus they cannot adjust with those who do not have a serious outlook towards work. They hate careless mistakes, intentional delays, postponing meetings and discussions, etc.

5. Slowness

As ENTJs are impatient, they cannot stand delays and may feel stuck with slow coworkers. They hate laziness and don’t like people who cannot use time efficiently. 

Moreover, procrastination is something that they would never tolerate. So, teammates who work slowly or get delayed for no genuine reason are not liked by ENTJs.

6. Routine jobs

People of this personality type do not like routine activities that do not stimulate their minds. They may find day-to-day tasks extremely frustrating and time-consuming. Moreover, they hate standing in queues, administrative delays, etc.

7. They doesn’t like decisions made against them

Whenever a decision goes against them, ENTJs feel vulnerable and insecure. Their dominant personality cannot accept failures and they may try to establish themselves right, no matter whatever may happen in the way.

If they are put in a compromising situation, they may feel restless, anxious, and stressed from within.

8. Complaining people

ENTJs hate people who nag and complain even about minor inconveniences. They will not show sympathy for those who never try to sort out issues on their own. 

ENTJs believe in finding workable solutions to problems, thus people who don’t find out their own ways to resolve issues are not liked by an ENTJ.


Popular hobbies of an ENTJ personality

People with ENTJ personalities have diverse interests and hobbies. They do not like mundane and easy tasks that are not intellectually stimulating.

ENTJs enjoy hobbies that give them ample opportunities for personal growth. It also helps them nurture innovative ideas that are out of the box.

Their popular hobbies look like this:

  • Attending social events
  • Taking part in community and social welfare programs
  • Partying with friends and family
  • Adventure sports
  • Playing competitive sports
  • Solving tough puzzles
  • Brainstorming discussions
  • Photography
  • Mentoring and guiding others

ENTJ and Myers-Briggs personality test

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (1985) is a self-report personality test used to identify the different types of personality. The test was developed by mother-daughter duo Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers based on the cognitive theory of personality developed by C.G Jung.

The test measures the personality profiles of 16 types that are unique in nature. The test consists of nearly 100 items that have two statements. The respondent will choose any one of the statements that best describes him/her.

MBTI describes people in four different categories that show how they perceive the world around them and make real-life decisions aptly. These four categories were first identified by Carl Jung and later developed by Myers-Briggs.

The four categories are:

One letter from each category is used to give the four-letter personality type of the person; such as INTP, ESFJ, etc. This judgment is done through functional stacking of the characteristics or traits possessed by the person.

If you want to know your personality, you can take the test here


How rare is the ENTJ personality type?

ENTJs are the second rarest types described in MBTI. Only 1.8% of the total U.S population has this personality type. Men make up only 2.7% of the population while women constitute only 0.9% of the population.


Do they feel stressed at times?

ENTJs are extroverts and hate being alone. They love to be with others and show their presence felt in a social circle. 

They may feel emotionally drained and stressed out if they are made to work alone, they feel pressured if they lose the chance of mixing with others.

As they thrive amongst others, they may feel isolated and anxious if they live alone for a long time. In times of emotional distress, ENTJs would not express themselves openly. 

They think that emotional expression is a sign of weakness and they really do not want to look weaker in public setups.

ENTJs can also feel stressed out if others working with them do not follow their leadership strategies, and are less energetic, less motivated to continue their work. In these situations, ENTJs take an upper hand in completing tasks on time.


The video link shared below shows the signs of the ENTJ personality type. Do check out.


Key takeaway from ‘ThePleasantPersonality’

To conclude, it can be said that the enterprising leader is always energetic and outgoing. Their structure and focus in their work are just unmatchable.

ENTJs thrive well in social setups and learn their appropriate style of behaving in relation to others. They are the ones who never decide emotionally.

Their attractive personality motivates others to follow them without any doubts and second thoughts. After all, ENTJs are the ones who write their own success stories and can take pride in their accomplishments.

“We are what we repeatedly do: Excellence. Then, is not an act but a habit.”

Aristotle

Article Sources


1. https://pairedlife.com/compatibility/26-Struggles-of-the-ENTJ-Myers-Briggs
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3. https://www.mbtionline.com/en-US/MBTI-Types/ENTJ
4. https://www.crystalknows.com/personality-type/entj