The ENTJ is the natural leader – just ask them! They are confident, authoritative and will take the lead in situations – especially one that calls for organization and marshaling of the troops. They don’t hesitate and their directness can often leave others reeling in their wake as the ENTJ will have little time for anything they’d see as woolly or obtrusive.
Their desire to get the job done, moving from A-Z in the shortest possible time-frames, and using the quickest possible route
may mean that the ENTJ may neglect the niceties of thanking people and showing them that they are in fact appreciated, again not intentionally – it is just another part of the ENTJ robustness. The masters of change, ENTJs see what needs to be done and have the wherewithal to get on and do it, often taking harsh or courageous decisions even against the grain – the ENTJ has no problems bucking authority, indeed they’d secretly (or perhaps not so secretly), relish it! Rarely intimidated or feeling out of their depth, the ENTJ is always looking at ways of doing it better and in so doing increasing their own store of knowledge and experience.
• Frank and decisive
• A natural leader
• Exudes confidence
• Is well-informed
Areas of Growth
• Slow down, experience today
• Spend time reflecting on values
• Make effort to praise others
• Be sensitives to others’ needs
“Expect ENTJs to question anything and everything. Their basic attitude is one of “There’s got to be a better mouse trap.” While they are always open to new ideas, they tend to be skeptical of their validity until logically proven otherwise.”
• Work itself
• Opportunity to lead
• Well-defined and structured environments
• Lack of control
• Disorganized environments
• Illogical behavior
To function at their best
“Mental challenges and interesting problems to solve. Recognition. Positive feedback and an absence of routine. Respect for ideas.”
“ENTJs tend to be expressive and certainly not shy about articulating how they are feeling although to be fair they expect this in return as they thrive on ‘robust debate and argument,’ (which other people might call ‘confrontation’). ENTJs are essentially caring individuals but this is more about sorting things out and making sure everyone is clear, rather than being ‘huggy’ or emotionally expressive.
ENTJs draw their energies from high impact interactions, challenging the status quo and getting things done. An ENTJ will have strong opinions, and has the confidence to express them openly. They do, however, expect others to do the same and
may at times steam-roll other people as they may assume that everyone enjoys stimulating debate and is happy to engage in sparring, or indeed assume that silence is agreement. No-one will be in any doubt where they stand with an ENTJ but may find their directness and honesty almost bone-jarring in it’s rawness and more gentle types may struggle with that level of intensity.
The ENTJ will be assertive, energetic and will love a robust debate, as both their method of conversation and way of thinking things through and gaining input. The ENTJ doesn’t really understand emotions, preferring to deal with issues as problems that need to be solved or concepts that need to be translated into a plan and certainly trying to appeal to their emotional side will not be the best way to resolve issues. As an ENTJ is primarily concerned with making things happen and in that sense they do not want to upset others, they just may not realize that other people may take a little longer to understand or may not be as forthcoming.”
ENTJ at work
“The ENTJ is challenging, pushy, task-focused, outgoing and dynamic. They will have high drive and a readiness to challenge inertia, ineffectiveness, complacency or self deception but can be prone to irritation, provocation and impatience as their primary aim is change and getting things driven through. The ENTJ also likes conflict as a means to discuss and inform and get things done. They enjoy a good argument as a means to impart their views, think things through and gaining input, and they will be robust and strident in their views and will forget conflict as quickly as they enter into it. The ENTJ does not like anything preventing progress and they will make their views known on that directly and clearly.
Managing an ENTJ is about providing the right conditions to let them lead, whether people or a project or a task, to allow them the authority to do and occasionally pull them back to ensure people are with them. The ENTJ loves a goal, something to run at and
they will excel at making sure other people are just as enthused and understand the need to get on and drive for closure. They will focus the team clearly and often. The ENTJ loves the complex and the big picture. They strategize and consider but once they are clear it is all about getting to the end as quickly as possible and when the plan is agreed – no more thinking.”