Forming around 3% of the population, ENTJ personalities are very charismatic, rational, and quick-minded. They are meant to lead and inspire other people, and there is no other type that can do this with such ease. According to ENTJs, nothing is impossible if you try hard enough. Naturally, they rarely have difficulties convincing other people that the ENTJ’s goal should also become one of their personal goals.
These leadership traits form the core of the ENTJ personality type. ENTJs can be unbelievably confident and charismatic. These qualities draw most other types like a magnet, making it quite easy for an ENTJ to achieve what they want to achieve. People belonging to this type love challenges, big and small, and firmly believe that they can accomplish everything given enough time and resources. More often than not, this confidence results in a self-fulfilling prophecy—where other types give up and move on to the next project, the ENTJ plows ahead and usually achieves spectacular results simply because of that sheer willpower.
That being said, no one can accuse ENTJs of narrow-mindedness or short-term thinking. ENTJ personalities are excellent strategists and have no difficulties crafting elaborate long-term plans, which are then executed with determination and precision.
These personality traits make ENTJs brilliant entrepreneurs and business strategists—their charisma and confidence truly shine in the business world. People belonging to this type also tend to be very dominant and persuasive when it comes to arguing with others or negotiating a deal. While this can certainly turn against the ENTJ, usually their opponent gives up in the face of the ENTJ’s willpower and unyielding belief in his or her arguments.
Furthermore, ENTJs are very energetic and tend to have excellent communication skills. They genuinely enjoy interacting with other people and respect those who stand up to them, especially in an intellectual debate. ENTJs have no trouble recognizing someone else’s talents, and such encounters are actually very healthy for them as the ENTJ’s self-confidence can easily turn into arrogance and condescension if it is not kept in check.
ENTJ personalities cannot tolerate inefficiency and cannot stand those whom they perceive as lazy or incompetent. An ENTJ can be chillingly cold and ruthless when it comes to such situations. They have a very rational mind and could not care less about being sensitive when that mind tells them that someone has failed. People with this personality type put rationality above everything else. This is one of the main reasons why they are so efficient in the business world, even if such behavior gives them the reputation of coldhearted tycoons. In all likelihood, an ENTJ would simply shrug their shoulders and say, “I don’t care if you call me an insensitive b*****d, as long as I remain an efficient b*****d.”
Ironically, ENTJs must have the support of other people in order to be truly efficient. They are great leaders, but even the most brilliant mind cannot do everything by itself. This is especially true for ENTJs, whose confidence partially depends on the feedback they receive from their “audience.” Consequently, ENTJs should try to pay more attention to other people’s feelings—or at least pretend that they do. Most mature and successful ENTJs do that to some extent, even though their sensitivity may hide a cold and calculating mind.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
All these personality traits relate to ENTJ’s behavior in the professional environment. People with this personality type often believe that any expression of emotions is a display of weakness, but that does not mean that they cannot be loving and sensitive in a different environment. Feelings and emotions are definitely most ENTJs’ Achilles’ heel and they are likely to find it very difficult to reveal the emotional side of their mind. Even the most confident ENTJ is likely to feel quite powerless in such situations.
People belonging to this type should make conscious efforts to develop that aspect of their personality. This does not have to affect their behavior in the workplace, but any ENTJ would benefit tremendously from combining a good grip on their emotions with that rare gift of extraordinary charisma and confidence.
To summarize, ENTJ personalities are very efficient and confident individuals who rarely have difficulties achieving what they set out to achieve. However, ENTJs are likely to have difficulties when it comes to recognizing and expressing emotions. While such a trait can actually be beneficial in the business world, it may cause many problems in personal relationships if the ENTJ does not make conscious efforts to address this weakness.
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Some famous ENTJs:
Steve Jobs, ex-CEO of Apple
Franklin D. Roosevelt, former U.S. president
Richard M. Nixon, former U.S. president
Harrison Ford, actor
Steve Martin, actor
Whoopi Goldberg, actress
Margaret Thatcher, politician
Al Gore, former U.S. vice president
Jim Carrey, actor