People with INTJ preferences are often able to define a compelling, long-range vision, and like to devise innovative solutions to complex problems. Words or phrases that describe people with INTJ preferences at their best are highlighted in the MBTI® Type Head below:
People with INTJ preferences tend to enjoy being challenged intellectually and working in a fast-paced, achievement-oriented environment. They relish the opportunity to work with people who are expert in their field, conscientious, and competent. They prefer to work independently and with adequate opportunities to develop their own ideas. Their visionary nature suggests that they tend to enjoy theoretical and conceptual work. Appealing careers for people who prefer INTJ include those in scientific or technical industries, such as engineering, computer science, or law.
People with INTJ preferences can sometimes surprise their co-workers and/or subordinates when they suddenly announce a new direction they want to take their department or organization. Although often described as a flash of insight, their decision will basically be a “done” deal in their mind by the time they share it with team members because they will have thought it through thoroughly before saying a word about it. Motivated by analyzing a system and designing creative ways to fix what is broken, people who prefer INTJ are attracted to careers that allow them to come up with solutions to problems, and to then put a solution quickly into practice. But once the solution is implemented, they will be looking for another problem to solve and leave the long-term implementation up to others.
Jobs That Typically Appeal to INTJs
Natural sciences manager
Top executive, protective services
Manager/supervisor of architects
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People with INTJ preferences make up over 5% of leaders while representing only 2.4% of the general population.* Their preferences may help them prepare for long-term possibilities and then organize decisions logically.
*Note: Global leadership sample includes 960,000+ supervisors, managers, and executives; global sample representing the general population includes 21,000+ individuals. See Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type and Leadership (2015).
Begin with the End in Mind
Just like NFs, NT leaders tend to also be drawn towards possibilities of what could be. However, there is a significant difference in where they might focus this future orientation. NTs reported that their major leadership contributions included solving problems and analyzing issues (89% of those surveyed), displaying a strategic perspective (82%), and taking initiative (73%). As a group, NTs seem to see themselves as a source of critical analysis, a strategic mind-set and a willingness to move forward. Therefore, when leading others, NTs will likely be good at:
People with INTJ preferences will typically become stressed by the factors highlighted in the MBTI® Stress Head above. In these circumstances they may feel physically stressed and angry, with an obsessive focus on certain details. During initial stress, they may start to imagine patterns or connections where none exists. Download and share the INTJ Stress Head to remind you (and your colleagues) about the things that stress you.
People with INTJ preferences might find it difficult to engage in social conversations. They tend to be seen as private and reserved, and as failing to provide as much praise or intimate rapport as those around them would desire. In relationships those who prefer INTJ are often original and independent. They don’t easily get drawn into emotional arguments because they tend to see things from a rational perspective. Because of that, they’re often logical in trying emotional situations and are sometimes described as “a rock” by a partner, peer, family member, or friend due to their stability.
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For people who prefer INTJ, “conflict is something that needs to be dealt with so they can get on with life” (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 27). This can work well for them when it is important to “cut to the chase” and move on. However, it could backfire if it makes others feel like they have been dismissed as individuals for the sake of just solving a problem.
The TJ conflict style of people who prefer INTJ can work because other people tend to see them as steady and decisive. However, it could fail when others just need someone to patiently and gently talk things out with them.
Who are some famous INTJs?
Unless they have taken the MBTI assessment and shared their personality type preferences, it’s impossible to know. Anything else is just speculation, and we call it “type-casting.”
Where do our data come from?
All figures and data are representative of our own assessment samples collected at the time users take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment.
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