People with ENTJ preferences usually see the big picture and think strategically about the future. They like to organize people and resources efficiently in order to accomplish long-term goals and tend to be comfortable with taking leadership roles over others. Words or phrases that describe people with ENTJ preferences at their best are highlighted in the MBTI® Type Head below:
People with ENTJ preferences aren’t usually afraid to make tough decisions to move forward, and they enjoy solving system-level problems. They tend to work best in a fast-growing environment that fosters competition, rewards achievement, and offers them new challenges. ENTJs are typically attracted to positions offering status and influence, such as leadership and management, where tough-minded analysis is key. Moreover, ENTJs are drawn to financial, consulting, and entrepreneurial roles.
People who prefer ENTJ are often attracted to positions where they can be in charge and move a project to the “right” conclusion. If their team gets off track, they will consider it their role to get members focused on getting the job done. They are natural long-term visionaries, although their vision may not be apparent until it is a “done” deal, and thus non-negotiable. With N and T working together, they are constantly looking for what doesn’t work, and looking for fast solutions to fix the system. When they are done fixing/improving project A, they are often moving quickly on to project B, leaving the actual practical implementation to others. People who prefer ENTJ typically choose jobs or careers that involve managing, directing, and organizing.
Jobs That Typically Appeal to ENTJs
Top executive, legal
Top executive, architecture or engineering
Top exective, life, physical or social sciences
Urban regional planner
Top executive, transportation
Top executive, sales or related occupations
Top executive, arts, sports media
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People with ENTJ preferences make up almost 10% of leaders, while representing less than 2% of the general population.* Their preferences may help them organize big-picture ideas logically and efficiently. Like others with preferences for TJ, these leaders usually like a “get-it-done” attitude from those on their team.
*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 ENTJ preferences will typically become stressed in the situations shown in the MBTI® Stress Head above. In these circumstances they may tend to become hypersensitive, emotional, domineering, and inflexible. During initial stress they may become a bit pushy and inconsiderate of others’ feelings, which can discourage buy-in from others and in the end doom a project. Download and share the ENTJ Stress Head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress you.
People with ENTJ preferences are energized by stimulating interactions with people, which they enjoy very much. They are likely seen by their partner, peers, family members, and friends as decisive and fair, but sometimes not as considerate of how their decisions impact those involved as they could be.
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People with ENTJ preferences tend to try to “reach closure or resolution” quickly during conflict (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 39). This can work well for them when it is time to get things moving instead of letting the conflict continue to build. However, it could backfire when the need for closure doesn’t allow time to address all the real issues.
The TJ conflict style of people who prefer ENTJ works when it’s time to stay objective and get things decided. However, it could fail when they don’t consider the impact of the conflict on those affected by it.
Who are some famous ENTJs?
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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