ENTJ personality types are known for their strong intellectual presence and an impressive ability to meet goals and innovate with precision and speed. They make great leaders and entrepreneurs, and are often seen in the world of politics, business, and physics. Because of their strong use of Extraverted Thinking, they are decisive, logical, and driven to accomplish tasks as quickly as possible. Their auxiliary Introverted Intuition helps them to be incredible strategists with clear insights into the future and the feasibility of various plans. They’re not afraid to think outside of the box and take risks to make their ideas come to life. If you look through our history books, you’ll find many ENTJs; people like Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Alexander Hamilton, and possibly even Aristotle.
What Does ENTJ Stand For?
E = Extroversion. “I focus on the outer world of projects, people, and experiences before focusing inwards.”
N = iNtuition. “I focus more on the abstract or potential of something than the concrete or existing reality.”
T = Thinking. “I focus on the impersonal aspects of a decision (pros and cons, logic, cause and effect) before looking at the personal impact and emotional dynamics.”
J = Judging. “I like having things settled, decided and structured. I typically work before I play.”
Motivations and Weaknesses:
- Driving Force: To accomplish far-reaching objectives and goals in the most efficient, strategic manner possible.
- Backup Strength: Insight into the underlying meaning of things and their long-term implications. Fascination with theories and conceptual topics.
- Weaknesses: May be so focused on tasks and projects that they lose sight of their feelings or the feelings of others. Can be tactless, brusque, or insensitive – sometimes on purpose, sometimes inadvertently.
- Stressors: Lack of structure, emotionally turbulent atmospheres, inefficiency, procrastination in themselves or others, not seeing progress on a project, violation of their deeply held values, pointless small talk.
ENTJ Personality Traits:
While people vary based on their experiences and Enneagram types, ENTJs often have the following characteristics:
- Task-oriented, productive, and focused
- Take charge of situations that seem disorganized or inefficient
- Driven towards an inner vision of the future
- Big-picture thinkers
- Intellectually curious and skeptical
- Focus on quick and steady progress towards goals
- Dislike indecision and are very decisive
- More focused on the future than the present
- Strategically minded
Independence, variety, and creative challenges are all things that inspire ENTJs in the workplace. Because of this, they crave a career that will challenge their mind and curiosity. Working with complex and difficult problems doesn’t overwhelm them, and brainstorming is a welcome activity. They want to improve their workplace by implementing visionary strategies. Setting and meeting goals, competing with other people or businesses, and taking charge are all things that keep them motivated. They enjoy a career that will introduce them to a variety of people and situations and might even allow them to travel abroad. More than anything, they want the freedom to change things, make systems more effective, and propel a business towards higher output and effectiveness.
Career Suggestions: Executive, Project manager, Stockbroker, Venture capitalist, Business consultant, Attorney, Surgeon, Information and design architect, Entrepreneur, Networking specialist.
Alexander Hamilton, Garry Kasparov, Carl Sagan, Karl Rove, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Nancy Pelosi, David Letterman, Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, Katharine Hepburn, Adele.
Many books, movies, and television shows feature ENTJ characters. While we’ve written an extensive post on this subject, we’ll give you a list of some of the most prominent fictional ENTJ characters:
Lyanna Mormont (Game of Thrones), Number Five (The Umbrella Academy), Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones), Lady Mary Crawley (Downton Abbey), Ross Poldark (Poldark), Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre), Octavian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Francis J. Underwood (House of Cards), Donald “Don” Draper (Mad Men), Harvey Specter (Suits)