ENTJ Personality (“The Commander”)

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.

Steve Jobs

ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal. But unlike their Feeling (F) counterpart, ENTJs are characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves. Perhaps it is best that they make up only three percent of the population, lest they overwhelm the more timid and sensitive personality types that make up much of the rest of the world – but we have ENTJs to thank for many of the businesses and institutions we take for granted every day.

Happiness Lies in the Joy of Achievement

If there’s anything ENTJs love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the ENTJ personality type brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their plans with determination and precision makes them powerful business leaders. This determination is often a self-fulfilling prophecy, as ENTJs push their goals through with sheer willpower where others might give up and move on, and their Extraverted (E) nature means they are likely to push everyone else right along with them, achieving spectacular results in the process.

ENTJ personality

At the negotiating table, be it in a corporate environment or buying a car, ENTJs are dominant, relentless, and unforgiving. This isn’t because they are coldhearted or vicious per se – it’s more that ENTJ personalities genuinely enjoy the challenge, the battle of wits, the repartee that comes from this environment, and if the other side can’t keep up, that’s no reason for ENTJs to fold on their own core tenet of ultimate victory.

The underlying thought running through the ENTJ mind might be something like "I don’t care if you call me an insensitive b*****d, as long as I remain an efficient b*****d".

If there’s anyone ENTJs respect, it’s someone who is able to stand up to them intellectually, who is able to act with a precision and quality equal to their own. ENTJ personalities have a particular skill in recognizing the talents of others, and this helps in both their team-building efforts (since no one, no matter how brilliant, can do everything alone), and to keep ENTJs from displaying too much arrogance and condescension. However, they also have a particular skill in calling out others’ failures with a chilling degree of insensitivity, and this is where ENTJs really start to run into trouble.

Cultivating the Science of Human Relationships

Emotional expression isn’t the strong suit of any Analyst type, but because of their Extraverted (E) nature, ENTJs’ distance from their emotions is especially public, and felt directly by a much broader swath of people. Especially in a professional environment, ENTJs will simply crush the sensitivities of those they view as inefficient, incompetent or lazy. To people with the ENTJ personality type, emotional displays are displays of weakness, and it’s easy to make enemies with this approach – ENTJs will do well to remember that they absolutely depend on having a functioning team, not just to achieve their goals, but for their validation and feedback as well, something ENTJs are, curiously, very sensitive to.

ENTJs are true powerhouses, and they cultivate an image of being larger than life – and often enough they are. They need to remember though, that their stature comes not just from their own actions, but from the actions of the team that props them up, and that it’s important to recognize the contributions, talents and needs, especially from an emotional perspective, of their support network. Even if they have to adopt a "fake it ‘til you make it" mentality, if ENTJs are able to combine an emotionally healthy focus alongside their many strengths, they will be rewarded with deep, satisfying relationships and all the challenging victories they can handle.

Commanders You May Know

1 year ago
hey other ENTJs! let's start a group and begin our proccess for WORLD DOMINATION!
1 year ago
Some of us have already started!
1 year ago
Hey there, I see I will not be alone at "world domination"… Seriously now, it is so fun to know that I am not solitary with my "crazy thoughts". No one can dig an ENTJ but another one.
utkarsh awasthi
1 year ago
Oh ...i am "ENTJ "
1 year ago
Am i the only non serious entj? Because everyone says that entjs are super cruel and serious but im one of the funniest and childish people i know
1 year ago
Also an ENTJ. Accurate in an amazing manner. To Grant, I am funny and childish and also artistic, right until the moment when I want something, or when I believe in something. At that moment – no one and nothing will stop me from achieving my goal. Usually, people have only a few moments of revelation throughout their life. Such moment occurred to me when I took the test here for the first time a few months ago. Suddenly, I kind of felt that it is "ok to be me". Another example for how does being an ENTJ affect your life? Three times I went through similar terror attack – a bus exploded next to me when I was walking in the street. During the first, when I ran to assist and aid, a soldier died in my arms looking right into my eyes. It was 19 years ago, and I went through it with no serious trauma. Many times I tried to figure out why is it so. When I took the test I felt for the first time a closure regarding this event – it is ok that I went out of it with only a mild trauma, and went on with my life as if nothing happened. It is ok being an ENTJ. It is ok to be me. I thank the managers of this site for that. You people changed my life. Moshe
1 year ago
Interesting. I see myself in your post.
1 year ago
So cool!
1 year ago
Finalmente alguem que me entende, é muito dificil tentar sem bom em tudo que faço e ser reconhecido pelas pessoas. Me importo muito com a opnião dos outros de uma forma que chega a se frustrante. Ótimo saber que meus defeitos são comuns e minhas qualidades únicas.
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