The marshal, the leader, the director, the entrepeneur

Cognitive functions

Dominant function : Extroverted Thinking
Auxiliary function : Introverted Intuition
Tertiary function : Extroverted Sensing
Lower function : Introverted Feeling

Examples of ENTJ characters

Crowley (Supernatural)
Maximus (Gladiator)
Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes)

Their assets

ENTJ’s are natural leaders and born organizers. They conceptualize, readily theorize and translate the possibilities into plans to achieve their goals in the short and long term. They immediately notice illogical and ineffective procedures, and feel the urgent need to rectify them, organize people and situations it to direct them in the right direction.
ENTJ’s are strategic visionaries, who are provident regarding future needs, people, and organizations for which they have responsibility of.


ENTJ’s mainly use their Thinking in the external world and thus naturally critical. They establish their own standards and apply them with determination to others, organizations and themselves. They value intelligence and competence and hate inefficiency and ignorance. They can be firm when the situation demands it. ENTJ’s tend to be analytical, logical, objective in their criticisms, determined, clear and ensured.
ENTJ’s show intellectual curiosity, seek new ideas and like complex problems. They primarily use their Intuition in the interior world to conceive possibilities and to have ideas that they use to make decisions and conceive plans.
ENTJ’s are generally originators, thinkers who consider the whole of things, theorists and innovating planners.
ENTJ’s are generally very clever when solving organizational problems, they see very well the complex links which exist within the organizations and are turned towards the action and strategy. They forecast difficulties, anticipate problems, conceive vast plans and systems and join together human and material resources to achieve their goals. They are generally disinterested in daily tasks, preferring new challenges.

How the others can perceive them

ENTJ’s adore stimulating interactions with others who enliven them. They often call into question others' behaviours as well as the ideas that they express, expecting them to defend those ideas in order to create a mutual enrichment.
ENTJ’s admire and search the company of sophisticated people who hold head to them, do not hesitate to say what they think and argue with persuasion.
ENTJ’s prefer things to be clear and established but their passion for ideas can attract them towards the exploitation and discussion of a vast field of new ideas. Their verbal ease, spirit of decision, confidence in them and need for organization can sometimes become oppressing.
ENTJ’s are generally perceived as straightforward, provocative, determined, objective, fair and stimulating.

Development areas potential

If ENTJ’s do not find a way of using their talents and be appreciated for their contribution, they generally feel frustrated and can :
- Become impersonal and critical
- Be invasive and dictatorial, giving orders without listening
- Become verbally snappish and aggressive
It is possible that ENTJ’s pay less attention to the functions they dislike the most, Feeling and Sensing. However, if they neglect these aspects too much, it may happen that they:
- Don’t notice that the others need personal relations, appreciation and compliments
- Forget to integrate into their plans the fact that others need support and time to cerebrate
- Neglect details or certain aspects of reality which are necessary to conclude their plans
In particularly stressing moments, ENTJ’s can be overwhelmed by doubt, feel deserted and little appreciated and find themselves incapable of externalizing their distress to others.

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