ENTJs are confident, affable, fun to be around, and great leaders. You may be this personality type yourself or know someone who is. By looking at ENTJ strengths and weaknesses you can better align your/their skills with the tasks in-hand to become even more efficient.
They only make up around 3% of the population but have made a big impact on the business world and are often found heading up large organizations. However, their ruthless, impatient, and lack of tolerance for people going against the grain isn’t for everyone.
ENTJs are known as ‘The Executives’. Its abbreviated form and meaning is:
(E) Extraverted – good in social situations, motivated by others, outspoken.
(N) Intuitive – focus on the bigger picture, not the specifics and smaller details.
(T) Thinkers – use logic to make decisions over speculation.
(J) Judging – plans, organizes, and orderly.
ENTJ Strengths and Weaknesses
They Are Confident in Their Abilities
ENTJs are oozing in confidence. This means they make valuable additions to any team and are just as adept working on their own. This can make them a little opinionated but in the role of leader they are strong and will stand by their decisions.
They Think with a Strategic Mindset
They are known for having a strategic mindset and an intuitive way of planning things out that makes sense and is effective. You always need a strategic head when building a team to hold things together and they fit this role perfectly.
They Are Inspiring and Charismatic Leaders
Leadership skills are so hard to quantify and it’s often an ‘x-factor’ that makes someone that special leader. ENTJs are charismatic and inspiring individuals, two key skills in being a good leader. They are able to motivate themselves and others, build strong, trusting relationships, and understand how to get the best out of people.
They Work Efficiently and Quickly
They are great at naturally gravitating to the most efficient ways to get things done. They use their time and resources effectively and without any unnecessary wastage. Combined with their confident and affable nature they help pull others up around them too.
They Are Determined
Determination isn’t enough on its own, but combined with some of the other skill sets ENTJs have it’s a powerful weapon. They don’t like to give up, when things are getting tougher they push harder. Definitely someone you want with you, not against you.
Their Determination Can Turn to Stubbornness
There is a thin line between being determined and stubborn. It takes a special someone to admit when they need to let go of something they have put a lot of time and effort in. ENTJs will often need a little help realizing this.
They Are Bad and Handling Their Emotions
There are lots of roles and careers that require keeping a cool head and your emotions in check. They look people who wear their emotions on their sleeves as weak and unprofessional. This can lead to them being insensitive and offending others.
They Are Impatient
Patience is a valuable career and people skill. ENTJs are more likely to just storm through and make snap decisions than they are to wait for an outcome to make the next decision. Thinking quickly on their feet is often an advantage, but it can also backfire and with their unwillingness to adjust it’s a catalyst for an explosive situation.
They Lack Tolerance
If you’re working with, or for an ENTJ you will learn fairly quickly that you’re going to be doing things their way. They aren’t very tolerant of people trying to do things their way or disagreeing with them.
They Are Arrogant and Big-Headed
Arrogance and big-headedness are two pretty ugly characteristics. Obviously, they have a balance of strengths and weaknesses, but when things are going well and they are receiving pats on the back they can turn into arrogant monsters.
Famous ENTJ Personalities
It’s always interesting to see some famous personalities that fit certain personality types. Here are a mixed selection of famous ENTJs:
- Donald Trump
- Bill Gates
- George Clooney
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Al Gore
Their strengths align to make for self-confident and progressive personalities in the workplace. They can make as many enemies and friends in some environments, but they always have their colleagues best interests at heart and will inspire a team to perform at their best.
As friends and partners ENTJs seek out like-minded people and love sharing their knowledge but don’t wear their emotions on their sleeves and can be hard to read. They are reliable, fun to be around, and smart however, and there is rarely a dull moment.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.