ENTJs are natural leaders—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; ENTJs will have little time for anything they’d see as woolly or obtrusive.
Their desire to get the job done, move from A to Z in the shortest possible time frame, and use the quickest possible route may mean that ENTJs may neglect the niceties of thanking people and showing them that they are appreciated. This is not intentional; 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 those against the grain. ENTJs have no problems bucking authority—they’d secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) relish it! Rarely intimidated or feeling like they are out of their depth, ENTJs are always looking at ways of doing it better. In doing so, they increase their own store of knowledge and experience.
• Frank and decisive
• A natural leader
• Exudes confidence
• Well informed
Areas of Growth
• Slow down and experience today.
• Spend time reflecting on values.
• Make an effort to praise others.
• Be sensitive 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. To be fair, they expect this in return, since 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. ENTJs have strong opinions and have the confidence to express them openly. They do, however, expect others to do the same. They may steamroll other people at times, because they may assume that everyone enjoys stimulating debate and is happy to engage in sparring, or that silence is agreement. No one will be in any doubt where they stand with ENTJs, but they may find their directness and honesty almost bone-jarring in it’s rawness. More gentle types may struggle with that level of intensity.
ENTJs will be assertive and energetic. They love a robust debate, as it’s both their method of conversation and their way of thinking things through and gaining input. ENTJs don’t really understand emotions, and they prefer to deal with issues as problems that need to be solved or as concepts that need to be translated into a plan. Trying to appeal to their emotional side will not be the best way to resolve issues. ENTJs are 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
ENTJs are challenging, pushy, task-focused, outgoing, and dynamic. They will have high drive and a readiness to challenge inertia, ineffectiveness, complacency, or self-deception. Because their primary aim is change and getting things done, they can be prone to irritation, provocation, and impatience. ENTJs also like conflict as a means to discuss, inform, and get things done. They enjoy a good argument as a means to impart their views, think things through, and gain input, and they will be robust and strident in their views and will forget a conflict as quickly as they enter into it. ENTJs do not like anything preventing progress, and they will make their views known on that.
Managing ENTJs is about providing the right conditions to let them lead—whether that is people, a project, or a task—and giving them the authority to do so, though they occasionally need to be pulled back to ensure people are with them. ENTJs love a goal, and they will excel at making sure other people are just as enthused and that they understand the need to get on and drive for closure. They will keep the team focused and clear. ENTJs love 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. When the plan is agreed upon, there is no more thinking.