The ENTJ Personality Type
The ENTJ will quickly discover that they have the ability to inspire and rally people to fall behind them. They also notice what responsibility that can put on them. And they pride themselves on being able to live up to commitment and to protect the people they have under their wings.
They are loyal and hard-working. ENTJs are strong and can appear intimidating because of their strong spirit and will-power. They are project-minded and like to structure and make plans happen. They are good at improvising in the moment and making the best out of every opportunity.
As an ENTJ, you are resourceful and able to make things happen. You tend to have an inspiring aura and people will find it easy to trust you. You naturally understand how things work, without needing to read any instructions, however, sometimes, that’s just your own overconfidence.
Common issues for ENTJs
As an ENTJ, the primary issues you can struggle with is a sense of feeling lost and at times, giving into adrenaline and acting rashly. You may struggle with at times feeling lost and of trying to rush to the end too quickly. At other times, ENTJs may need to work on dealing better with past traumas and of not hiding from negative feelings, but acknowledging them so that you can move on.
ENTJs may at times romanticise the past and hide in their outdated ideas and beliefs about themselves, keeping themselves from growing and rising to face new challenges. And ENTJs may at times struggle with not feeling worthy of the power and the skills they possess.
Rationalists: The drive to be progressive
1. Someone who explores new fields and new possibilities and finds new ways to bring value and progress out of these possibilities. Good at creating business out of new ideas, these types have a rules-based, rational creativity that entertains practical possibilities.
Rationalists have a sensitive but cool demeanour. Their finger movements tend to be precise and their faces cool from emotion. Instead, they tend to signal strength or toughness.
Executives: The drive to establish a new order
2. The executives tend to make connections and bring order into new groups and social atmospheres. They tend to find ways to combine ideas and to bring people together towards a mission or a bigger ideology.
They rally people behind a cause and get people working towards something. Finally, they engage people in a hands-on way, showing people the way to new possibilities, and opening up new ways for people who are lost or unsure. Other executive types are the ENTJ, the ESTJ and the ESFJ.
The executives have a steadfast and composed body language, but an active and mobile temperament. They show a high outward energy and passion when communicating with others. Their head tends to be locked in position, slightly bowed towards the audience, and their strongest expressions are in the cheeks, the brows, and the upper lips. Their gaze is focused and direct, sometimes described as piercing.
Monks: The drive to stay true to a sometimes strange path
3. A highly self-directed person, and a speculative person, that has the ability to manage and travel into unknown fields and towards unclear, abstract goals with strategy and deliberation. Sometimes at the expense of neglecting their own body and their physical needs, similarly to ENFJs, ENTJs, and INFJs.
Monks tend to come off as disciplined and self-directed, with a focused but deflecting gaze, a steady posture and with their head often locked in a set position. Their body language and gestures tend to be fluid, and their hands and wrists tend to sway in a linear direction.
Architects: The drive to take control over your own fate
4. The architects are often ambitious and understand well the consequences and the advantages of different options. They have a strong grasp of logistics and how to organise procedures efficiently. They are good at studying how different mechanics interact to form a bigger system and what components are necessary for a system to work correctly. And they also have a good understanding of when something isn’t working correctly. This trait is also shared with ENTJs, ESTJs and ISTJs.
Architects tend to appear serious and “down-to-business.” They tend to appear ambitious and like they know what they want. They tend to tense up and lock their upper lips firmly in position, in a way that shows coolness and rigour.
Pragmatics: The drive to be successful and respected
5. A results-oriented type that understands statistics, results, and visible evidence. The pragmatics need information that can be observed or measured and clear results from their actions. They seek to work in environments that give them clear technical feedback, and prefer show-and-tell settings that walk you through a procedure visually.
The pragmatics tend to pull their cheeks outwards somewhat, making them appear slightly nonchalant or strong and assertive. They keep a strong and confident posture most of the time, and can sometimes be described as intimidating, and sometimes as confident.
Detectives: The drive to make new connections
6. An imaginative and playful type that is always drawing lines between events and actions and consequences. Good at recognising how the room will transform over time and what changes are going to come up before anyone else.
The detectives tend to come off as open-minded and enthusiastic, eager to learn, but their eyes are slightly deflected and dark, as they brush quickly over a lot of information in order to instead focus on more subtle patterns in their environment. They can look like they’ve got a glimpse in their eye, like they’ve figured something out nobody else knows. And they can look like something is amiss or that there is an issue or something they’ve missed.
ENTJs can be political pundits like Cenk Uygur, economists like Raghuram Rajam. Also businessmen like Alan Mulally, and presidents like Donald Trump.