ENTP personality in the workplace

ENTP personalities tend to be quick-witted and knowledgeable, which usually make them both popular and efficient in the workplace. However, they may also get into trouble for arguing over anything and everything, or they may have difficulties focusing on one specific project.

ENTP colleagues

  • Very argumentative
  • Excellent brainstormers
  • Have a good sense of humor
  • Attract new friendships quite easily
  • Honest, direct, and objective
  • Usually very knowledgeable
  • May be insensitive and condescending

ENTP managers

  • Able to accurately and objectively assess conflicting arguments
  • Very good at holding ground in a rational debate, which usually makes them fearsome advocates for their teams
  • Enjoy coming up with innovative ways to deal with challenges, but dislike managing the actual implementation
  • Do not care much about being liked—would rather be respected and seen as smart
  • Open-minded and flexible
  • May jump from project to project, looking for challenges and excitement

ENTP subordinates

  • Comfortable challenging their manager’s ideas
  • Curious and able to learn new methods very quickly
  • Strongly dislike restrictive rules and guidelines
  • Prefer tackling complex challenges over dealing with simple routine tasks
  • Do not mind being criticized, as long as all arguments are rational
  • May have difficulties with practical or monotonous tasks

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your experience in the comments!

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8 Responses to “ENTP personality in the workplace”

  1. LeRoy Reply

    This is me to a “T”….in my current career I am forced to do many tedious mundane tasks and as an ENTP, I’m like an ADD patient on steroids. I have the hardest time staying on task..every other point here is right on. Its kind of scary.

  2. Autumn Reply

    This is me, like every part, this is also like other people, that means we have the same exact thought concept… I don’t know why but it is just so weird to me. I would love to meet another entp to see how like me they really are

  3. Samuel John Harrison Reply

    This is completely and utterly me, not only within the Career aspect, but the Trait Description as well, I would also love to meet up with more ENTP’s and possibly have a debate about something :D !!?!?

  4. Walter brown Reply

    Wow explains why I get bored when I’m not challenged. And I realized I don’t care if I’m liked as long as I’m respected I’m happy, good thing I’m both lol. I work for non-profit and all my projects are spontaneous and improvised. I thought it was just me but there are more people like this woot woot!!!

  5. Lynnette Pope Reply

    100% Wow! I work in the legal field and everything the results said were spot on!!

  6. Sanda Reply

    i am in absolute shock at this.. i was a consultant before and currently in strategy( i design processes , root causes analysis and strategic directions for my organisation). this is absolutely me.. i cant live without a brainstorm session :) ,
    the relationship part is quite interesting as im quite exploratory, never understood why.. and get bored extremely easily on all fronts, which i guess is in-line with the enjoyment of moving from project to project.
    im a budding politico.. now i know why.. oh, wine and a good debate, is what my weekends are made off…

  7. Sue Reply

    This is me coming and going. It drives me nuts to be in a meeting where both sides of an issue are not argued before a decision is made. I worked with a lot of “F” personalities who would vote for the first suggestion made then ten minutes later would be complaining about it in the hall! Arrgh!