ENTJ Personality Type: The Commander

Updated August 29, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Over seven decades ago, Katherine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers, developed a personality test called the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have used the test to discover their own personality type and then use that knowledge to enhance their lives. Not only can understanding personality types open the door to the profound understanding of yourself and others, but it can motivate you to conquer your weaknesses while embracing the strengths of who you are as an individual. With an increased understanding of your personality type, you will see growth in many areas including your relationships and career. Plus, you'll be much more likely to be successful if you have a deep understanding of why you behave the way you do and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

Which Myers-Briggs Personality Are You?

The 16 Personality Types

Myers-Briggs identifies four major personality types, each divided into four sub-types

Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP)

Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP)

Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ)

Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP)

In this post, we are going to explore the ENTJ type and the strengths and weakness associated with this personality.

Overview of The ENTJ Or Commander Personality Type

ENTJ is the abbreviation for extraversion, intuition, thinking, and judgment.

Extraversion: ENTJs are motivated by interacting with people. They're sociable and generally have a wide circle of acquaintances. Social events energize the ENTJ personality type.

Intuition: ENTJs focus on the big picture and future possibilities; they tend to pay less attention to detail and the current situation. The final product is of more interest to the ENTJ personality than the steps taken to get there.

Thinking: ENTJs base their decisions on logic and objective facts. ENTJ personality types don't focus on emotions and social values when they're making decisions.

Judgment: ENTJs are planners and quick decision-makers. The ENTJ personality type likes predictability and will often try to envision various outcomes so that they can plan and control situations.

ENTJ personality types are self-motivated and confident. They see the big picture and develop long-term strategies to achieve their goals. They know what they want and intuitively understand how to persuade large groups of people to their way of thinking. They're organized, authoritative, and are excellent leaders due to their innate power to influence others. ENTJs tend to be insensitive to the needs of others, impatient, and intolerant; they are harsh judges of those who don't meet their high standards, and who they see as inefficient or incompetent. This is where personalized counseling can come into play. Although our personalities are usually fully developed in childhood, we can always change and improve things about ourselves with guidance.

ENTJs make up between one and three percent of the population and fewer women than men have the ENTJ personality type.

Qualities Of The ENTJ

ENTJs Are Efficient

The ENTJ personality type is exceptionally efficient and organized in planning a long-term strategy to achieve a task. They set realistic goals and are invariably successful in reaching them. The ENTJ loathes inefficiency, seeing it as a waste of time and energy that will delay and even sabotage the result they want.

ENTJs Are Independent Decision-Makers

ENTJ personality types are strong-willed and aren't influenced by the opinions and ideas of others. ENTJs see the world in a logical, straightforward way and tend to discard emotional and social considerations when they make a decision.

ENTJs Are Confident

ENTJs are assertive and outspoken because they're supremely confident in their abilities. Conflict and criticism don't bother them, and they will try to impose their worldview on others, often with great success. ENTJs genuinely believe that they can achieve anything they set out to do, and they generally do. While ENTJ personality types are outgoing, charismatic, and natural leaders, they can also intimidate others by being arrogant and insensitive.

ENTJs Are Powerful

ENTJ personality types like to be in positions of power. They enjoy taking charge of situations that they believe are out of control and set them to rights, putting their own and others personal needs aside until the task is complete.

ENTJs Are Career-Orientated

No personality types love their work more than ENTJs, and they often don't make time for other activities. If they do have interests or hobbies outside of their careers, it's generally in leadership positions in community clubs or organizations. They may also tend to play competitive sports if it helps to further their careers.

ENTJs Love A Challenge

Whether in the workplace or at a dinner party, the ENTJ personality type loves a challenge. An ENTJ personality type strides through the world looking for problems to solve and genuinely believe that they have the best solutions. They respect people who engage in lively and challenging discussions with them, but their forceful personalities sometimes discourage others from engaging with them.

ENTJs And Career Options

Any career that offers the ENTJ personality type a leadership role is a good option. ENTJs make good politicians, judges, and entrepreneurs, but they generally succeed at whatever career they choose due to their talent for strategic thinking and their strong will.

ENTJs and Relationships

The ENTJ personality type can be a challenging partner as they have high expectations of themselves, their partners, and their children. ENTJs may be domineering about how they want their homes structured and organized; they are likely to have strict rules, and they will expect those rules to be followed. They are rational and consistent disciplinarians with their children, and their children are generally obedient. ENTJ personality types may not take their partner's or children's feelings into account in disagreements, and they may not take the time to listen to family grievances because they tend to be impatient. ENTJs are career orientated and may spend less time with their families than other personality types.

ENTJ Strengths

ENTJs are efficient. The ENTJ personality type has a natural talent for recognizing and implementing the best use of time and resources to reach a goal.

ENTJs are extremely confident in their skills and abilities. ENTJ personality types trust themselves and don't hesitate to make their opinions known. Above all, they know that they have strong leadership abilities, and they are, in fact, excellent leaders.

ENTJs are strategic thinkers. The ENTJ personality type will examine all aspects of any problem, big or small, and will usually find a permanent solution instead of a short-term fix.

ENTJs are strong-willed. ENTJ personality types don't give up; they don't only overcome obstacles, they rise above them. It's rare for ENTJs not to achieve what they set out to do.

ENTJs see challenges instead of problems. The ENTJ personality type will tackle any issue that may stop them from reaching their goal, and solve it. Where others may feel exhausted and helpless when faced with a complex challenge, ENTJs are exhilarated and energized.

ENTJs are charismatic. ENTJ personality types use charisma to inspire others to follow their lead to achieve their ambitions.

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ENTJ Weaknesses

ENTJs can be overly dominant and stubborn. Their supreme confidence and trust in their abilities can prevent them from entertaining someone else's ideas and opinions. The ENTJ personality type is competitive, and they will try to win every argument and force through their vision without taking time to consider the people around them. If they take their dominance and confidence too far, they can be poor leaders, and in some exceptional cases, bullies.

ENTJs can be arrogant. Because ENTJ personality types are so often praised for their considerable talents for leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving, they can become overconfident and overbearing. ENTJs who let praise go to their heads tend to look down on those who may have a different viewpoint. The ENTJ personality type who becomes arrogant can have difficulty in maintaining good relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

ENTJs tend to be intolerant and impatient with people who the ENTJ believes are inefficient or those who disagree with them. ENTJs will tell people exactly what they think of them, perhaps with little regard or respect for their feelings or limitations. ENTJ personality types are quick thinkers, and they generally brush off those who don't keep up with them. Their disregard for those that they see as inferior can lead them to misinterpret or miss out on valuable insights from the people around them.

ENTJs struggle with emotional intelligence. ENTJ personality types see the emotional expression as a weakness and rarely show emotion themselves.

In Conclusion

ENTJ personality types are charismatic, natural-born leaders. They generally achieve whatever they set out to do because of their gifted ability to think strategically and their strong will to succeed and face down any challenge that comes their way. ENTJs can also be ruthless, impatient, and insensitive. If ENTJs don't strive to develop their people skills, they may severely hamper their rise to the leadership positions they so much want and enjoy.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of this blog post was to explore this personality type in largely general terms. Not everyone with this subtype will fit every strength and every weakness. If you have questions about your own personality or that of someone in your life, speaking to a professional counselor can be really beneficial. The counselor can help you understand your personality type and how to make the most of the strengths and also ways to cope with the weakness or challenges you face. Contact us at BetterHelp to be matched with a licensed counselor who can help you. BetterHelp is an online platform and you can get started anywhere you have an internet connection and a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

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