For people with the ENTJ personality type (Commanders), the workplace is a natural habitat. ENTJs’ efficiency and clear communication are valued, their leadership is admired, and their ability to simply get things done is unrivaled. That being said, some situations are more appropriate for these bold personalities than others, as they prefer having the freedom to get their work done in a way that makes sense to them without being micromanaged. This can make work in any lower positions where they do not have personal autonomy a big challenge.
Subordinate positions can be challenging for these personalities, and it takes active management to ensure their satisfaction and engagement. Ever the high achievers, ENTJ subordinates set out to learn new skills and to seek out new challenges and responsibilities, eager to prove that nothing is impossible with a little hard work. If things get a little slow, they may make an effort to create work and make unnecessary changes, but when they feel involved in the projects around them, they prove well organized and well prioritized.
People with the ENTJ personality type hold themselves to very high standards, but a lot of what sets this tone is feedback from their environment – namely, criticism from their managers. Objective, rational statements about what is done right and what can be done better are helpful to this learning-oriented type, and far from resenting such criticisms, they appreciate them. Opportunities for growth keep ENTJ personalities engaged and productive, and so long as their managers recognize this as their primary responsibility, it will very likely be a fruitful and satisfying relationship.
Among colleagues, ENTJs are sociable and greatly enjoy sharing ideas and critiques in their frequent brainstorming sessions. These ambitious personalities tend to insert themselves into positions of power in the workplace, considering their objectivity and charisma the perfect qualities for these roles. They will be the first to volunteer to lead a project or represent the team. But even though they love to be at the helm of the ship, people with the ENTJ personality type also enjoy working with those who have demonstrated that they too share a strong work ethic. On the other hand, anyone who they view as being less competent or driven will likely be met with a skeptical attitude.
ENTJ personalities are strong-willed, even dominant, and though they enjoy inspiring and tutoring others, the energy that they bring to the process can sometimes seem overbearing. When these roles are reversed, their mentors should bear in mind that their students are very rational and respect firm confidence – hand-holding, emotional appeals, or wavering indecision will likely weaken their ties.
ENTJ managers are confident, charismatic communicators, and they communicate just one vision: to get the job done as efficiently as possible and to the highest standard of quality. All else is subordinate to that objective. And as the astute individuals that they are, people with the ENTJ personality type have an innate ability to identify the strengths of each member of their team and incorporate those abilities into their plan so that each individual fills a unique and important role.
While these efforts often boost morale and satisfaction among their like-minded subordinates, they are still crafted to achieve that ultimate goal of timely and exceptional work. Those who are seen as inefficient by their ENTJ managers or who demonstrate themselves to be lazy or to produce shoddy work will know in no uncertain terms of their failure to impress. That being said, these dedicated personalities don’t easily give up on any of their team members. They will work tirelessly to ensure that everyone can succeed in the responsibilities that they’ve been given, even if it means putting in some extra hours to get to the heart of any problem.