ENTJ (The Commander)

Decisive and daring, the ENTJ has a plan and will work tirelessly to achieve their multitude of goals. Where there is a will, there is a way to successfully break through walls and doors. ENTJs are typically motivated, analytical, objective and assertive. They are strategic leaders who are quick to spot inefficiency and conceptualize new solutions using logical reasoning.

The ENTJ personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Extraverted (E), iNtuitive (N), Thinking (T) and Judging (J). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on logic and reason, and who prefers to be planned and organized as opposed to spontaneous and flexible.

The ENTJ is often referred to as the “Leader”, “Commander” or “Chief” because they take charge and pave the way for others to follow. ENTJs are typically dominant, self-assured, ambitious, and decisive. They know what they want and will work tirelessly to achieve their goals and high standards – the only direction is forward.

ENTJ key characteristics:

  • Bold, daring, and self-sufficient
  • In control of their life, has eyes set on a goal
  • Competitive, energetic, and stylish
  • Proud of achievements and projects
  • Firm yet creative in problem-solving approaches

ENTJ Careers: Work Considerations for ENTJs

The ENTJ typically prefers a challenging and financially rewarding approach to career direction, most often in a leadership role. With their drive and ambition, they excel in management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Influential and commanding presence
  • Enthusiastically takes charge whenever necessary
  • Narrows down options quickly and efficiently
  • Sets a good example for fellow colleagues
  • Focused, resourceful, and hardworking

Areas for improvement:

  • Considering the opinions of more introverted teammates
  • Managing anger outbursts and bouts of rage under stress
  • Factoring in down time for relaxation and careful reflection
  • Acknowledging hidden emotion buried due to repression or shame
  • Embracing detours in plans and courses of action

Career suggestions:

  • Head executive, entrepreneur
  • Headhunter, human resources (HR) lead
  • Marketing manager
  • Creative director, chief
  • Event coordinator (e.g. weddings)

General career paths to avoid:

  • Supporting or subordinate roles
  • Social work, mental health counseling
  • Nursing, midwifery, dentistry
  • Elementary or secondary teaching
  • Psychiatry, art or music therapy

Type:  [Extraverted – Intuitive – Thinking – Judging]

Keirsey temperament group:? Rationals (NT)

ENTJ Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
  2. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  3. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
  4. Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Career matches for ENTJ's:

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