ENTJ is an abbreviation for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging. ENTJs are often referred to as the Executive personality.
ENTJ is one of the 16 personality types from Carl Jung’s theory of personality (take the test).
Other people often describe people with this type of personality as assertive, confident, and outspoken.
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How Rare are ENTJs?
According to psychologist David Keirsey, the ENTJ type is quite rare, accounting for a mere 2% of the population.
ENTJ Characteristics – The Executive Personality
People who take the test answer questions designed to assess their personality across four major areas:
- Extroversion and Introversion
- Sensing and Intuition
- Thinking and Feeling
- Perceiving and Judging
In this case, the ENTJ acronym indicates that the person rates highest in the extraversion, intuitive, thinking, and judging dimensions.
- Extraverted: People with this personality type enjoy spending time with other people. They have strong verbal skills and interacting with others helps them feel energized.
- Intuitive: ENTJ prefer to think about the future rather than focus on the here-and-now. They usually find abstract and theoretical information more interesting that concrete details.
- Thinking: When making decisions, ENTJs place a greater emphasis on objective and logical information. Personal feeling and the emotions of others tend not to factor much into their choices.
- Judging: ENTJs are planners. Making decisions and having a schedule or course of action planned out gives them a sense of predictability and control.
ENTJ Personality Traits
Some common characteristics of this personality type:
- Excellent leadership skills
- Strong communication abilities
- Appreciates organization and structure
- Good at making decisions
- Likes to plan
- Assertive and outspoken
Since ENTJs are extroverts (being the Executive personality), they gain energy from socializing (unlike introverts, who expend energy in social situations). They love having passionate and lively conversations and debates. In some cases, other people can feel intimidated by the ENTJs confidence and strong verbal skills. When they have a good idea, people with this personality type feel compelled to share their point of view with others.
Thanks to their comfort in the spotlight, ability to communicate, and tendency to make quick decisions, ENTJs tend to naturally fall into leadership roles. In his book Please Understand Me II, David Keirsey points out that these individuals sometimes find themselves taking control of a group without really knowing how they came to be in such a position. Because of their love for structure and order, the ENTJ is also good at supervising and directing others and helping groups complete tasks and achieve goals. They are able to quickly see what needs to be accomplished, develop a plan of action, and assign roles to group members.
Despite their verbal abilities, ENTJs are not always good at understanding other people’s emotions. Expressing emotions can be difficult for them at times, and their tendency to get into debates can make them seek aggressive, argumentative, and confrontational. People can overcome this problem by making a conscious effort to think about how other people might be feeling.
The ENTJ’s primary functions are Extraverted Thinking, Introverted Intuition, Extraverted Sensing, and Introverted Feeling. This is their order of prevalence; dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior, respectively.
The dominant function, Extraverted Thinking, defines the most notable characteristics of ENTJs. Their boldness, authority, and rationality are all mainly derived from this function. As the auxiliary function, Introverted intuition balances much of this and gives ENTJs their imaginative aspect.
Extraverted Sensing and Introverted Feeling are not as perceptible as the first two functions, but still play a role in the identity of the executive. Extraverted sensing reinforces the dominant function by endowing ENTJs with their penchant for empirical knowledge. Introverted Sensing, which, as the inferior function, operates subconsciously, is responsible for the ENTJ’s emotions, which they are often uncomfortable discussing.
ENTJs do well in relationships with fellow intuitive types, as this similarity enables the pairs to always understand each other on some level. The most compatible type for ENTJ is INTP because, in addition to intuition, they have several complementary traits that can produce exactly the kind of dynamic relationships that an ENTJ needs.
The worst matches for ENTJ are Sensing types. Communication may be difficult or impossible in these relationships. The absolute worst match for ENTJ is ISFJ, as this pair has the greatest difference in values and difficulty of mutual understanding.
ENTJs always prefer exciting relationships and like to be in charge. This can lead them to rather extravagant planning of adventures, often without their partner’s input, though they don’t mind sharing decisions with someone whom they deem to be capable.
Famous People With ENTJ Personalities
Some experts suggest that the following famous individuals exhibit characteristics of this personality type:
- Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, former U.S. President
- Candace Bergen, actress
- Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President
- Harrison Ford, actor
- David Letterman, television host
- Richard M. Nixon, former U.S. President
- Patrick Stewart, actor
Best Career Choices for ENTJs
ENTJs do best in careers where there is a lot of structure, but plenty of room for variety. Jobs that allow them to meet and interact with lots of different people are ideal. People with this type bring a lot of desirable skills to the table, including excellent leadership and communication skills, a hard-working attitude, and an ability to plan for the future.
Some job options that might appeal to an ENTJ include:
- Human resources manager
- Company CEO or manager
- Software developer
- Business analyst
- University professor
For more about the types of careers that enable ENTJs to thrive, and those which they should avoid, visit our ENTJ Careers Page.