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ENTJ Personality Type – The “Chief”

Extraverted (E), Intuitive (N), Thinking (T) and Judging (J)

The ENTJ personality type is nicknamed the "Chief" and belongs to the NT Intellectual temperament. ENTJs are natural and decisive leaders. They are analytical, efficient and hardworking. They live in the world of ideas and have a great ability to debate. Their goal-oriented and self-confident nature enables them to take charge. They thrive on achievement.

ENTJs direct their energy outward. They are gregarious, talkative and very assertive. They are enthusiastic and expressive. Chiefs are Intuitive and future-oriented. They are imaginative, complex and abstract in their thinking. ENTJs are Thinkers. They are logical and objective. They make decisions with their head rather than their heart. ENTJs are rational, impersonal and critical in thought. They are firm with people and are thick-skinned. ENTJs are decisive, enjoy finishing tasks and seek closure. They like structure and schedules. They are disciplined and responsible.

ENTJs are independent. They seek autonomous and productive relationships. They are competitive and interested in what other people know. They turn most of their relationships into opportunities to teach or mentor. Although very career oriented, when they are committed to a relationship they put a lot of effort into it.

"I love argument. I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job." — Margaret Thatcher

Chiefs are often avid learners and voracious readers. They have unlimited curiosity and desire to gain knowledge and mastery. They do well in school as long as they are engaged. They are self-motivated and can learn very well on their own. They can have a hard time relaxing. Chiefs do not like to waste time.

Describing an ENTJ

ENTJs can often be described with these words. They commonly posess the following strengths and weaknesses.

Characteristic of an ENTJ

  • Strategic
  • Assertive
  • Rational
  • Organized
  • Confident
  • Analytical
  • Hardworking
  • Outspoken
  • Future-focused
  • Efficient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Curious
  • Directive
  • Gregarious
  • Thick-skinned
  • Leader
  • Competitive
  • Goal-oriented
  • Impersonal
  • Intellectual
  • Ambitious
  • Expressive
  • Responsible
  • Creative

Typical Strengths

  • Direct and frank
  • Excellent with money
  • Takes criticism well
  • Honors commitments
  • Verbally fluent and eloquent

Possible Weaknesses

  • Controlling and intimidating
  • Can appear angry
  • Slow to compliment
  • Impulsive
ENTJs by Gender Pie Chart
  • ENTJs make up 4% of all 16 personality types. ENTJs are one of the least common personality types. Of the Extraverted types, ENTJs are the most rare (along with ENFJs).
  • 1 in every 18 males is an ENTJ (5.5% of all males). 1 in every 40 females is an ENTJ (2.5% of all females). Female ENTJs are one of the most rare type-gender combinations.
  • There are significantly more male ENTJs than there are female ENTJs, with males outnumbering females more than 2 to 1. One reason there are more male ENTJs is that males tend to be Thinkers (T) while females are more often Feelers (F).

ENTJ Preferences

The ENTJ's Preferences are Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judging. These determine the ENTJ's Personality Type.

Extraverted (E)

Extraversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the world outside the self. ENTJs are energized by social gatherings, parties and group activities. Extraverts are usually enthusiastic, gregarious and animated. Their communication style is verbal and assertive. As Extraverts, ENTJs often need to talk. They enjoy the limelight.

Thinking (T)

Thinking prioritizes objectivity. As Thinkers, ENTJs make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart (but are not without emotion). ENTJs judge situations and others based on logic. They value truth over tact and can easily identify flaws. They are critical thinkers and oriented toward problem solving.

Intuitive (N)

People with Intuition live in the future. They are immersed in the world of possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. As Intuitives, ENTJs value inspiration and imagination. They gather knowledge by reading between the lines. Their abstract nature attracts them toward deep ideas, concepts and metaphors.

Judging (J)

As Judging people, ENTJs think sequentially. They value order and organization. Their lives are scheduled and structured. ENTJs seek closure and enjoy completing tasks. They take deadlines seriously. They work then they play. The Judging preference does not mean judgmental. Judging refers to how a day-to-day activities at dealt with.

ENTJ Cognitive Functions

Every person engages the world through four Cognitive Functions. The ENTJ's primary function is Extraverted Thinking and secondary is Introverted Intuition.

Extraverted Thinking (Primary)

ENTJs use this function most often. While Thinking (T), ENTJs make decisions based on logic. The Extraverted Thinking function enables them to organize and categorize items such as thoughts and arguments. It is the ability to see the logical consequences of actions. It follows sequence and organization.

Introverted Intuition (Secondary)

ENTJs use of this function is somewhat high. With Intuition (N), ENTJs process data through impressions, possibilities and meanings. Introverted Intuition enables Chiefs to have a sense about the future. It is the ability to grasp a pattern or plan. Information that is hard to understand and dissect is more easily processed through Introverted Intuition.

Extraverted Sensing (Tertiary)

ENTJs use this function but to a lesser degree. Through Sensing (S), ENTJs process data with their five senses. The Extraverted Sensing function allows them to process life through their experiences. It is being aware of what is seen, smelled, touched, heard and tasted. It is being energized by experience and living "in the moment."

Introverted Feeling (Least)

ENTJs use this function least of the four. When Feeling (F), Chiefs make decisions based on feelings, so the Introverted Feeling function allows them to know what they value. It is the ability to see through others and know what they are like as if the ENTJ had internal radar. There is a desire to connect when they identify a person with similar values.

ENTJs and Work

ENTJs are hard workers that strive to accomplish goals and do things right. They thrive in positions of leadership where they can direct, strategize and mobilize people toward shared goals. They are visionaries who believe in their own ability to lead toward success and optimum results. They value competency and progress. They have very little patience for laziness. ENTJs can benefit from developing people skills in the workplace.

ENTJ Career Matches

People with the ENTJ personality type may find satisfaction with the following careers which tend to match well with their Chief personality.

  • Business Administrator
  • Executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Politician
  • Computer Consultant
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Judge
  • Scientist
  • Banker
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Professor

Famous ENTJs

Here is a sampling of Famous People and Fictional Characters that may share the ENTJ personality type.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    American President
  • Richard Nixon
    American President
  • Harrison Ford
  • Steve Martin
    Actor, Comedian
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Actress, Comedian
  • Margaret Thatcher
    British Prime Minister
  • David Letterman
    TV Show Host, Comedian
  • Newt Gingrich
    Speaker of the House
  • Jim Carrey
    Actor, Comedian
  • Bill Gates
    Microsoft Founder
  • Steve Jobs
    Apple Co-founder, CEO
  • Sean Connery
  • Benny Goodman
    Jazz Musician
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Al Gore
    American Vice President
  • Vladimir Putin
    Russian President, P.M.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    French Leader
  • Candace Bergen
    Actress (Murphy Brown)
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Edward Teller
    Theoretical Physicist
  • Winston Wolfe
    Pulp Fiction
  • Beatrix Kiddo
    Kill Bill Vol. I
  • The Penguin
    Batman Villain
  • Lex Luthor
    Superman Villain
  • Perry Cox
  • Wilhelmina Slater
    Ugly Betty
  • Palpatine
    Star Wars
  • Jordi LaForge
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Magneto
  • The Brain
    Pinky and the Brain


ENTJs are on a constant quest to improve themselves. They often invite those around them to improve themselves as well. They are gifted strategists. Their greatest contribution is their ability to lead confidently and reach goals with excellence.