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ENTJ (Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging) is one of the sixteen personality types from personality type systems based on C.G. Jung, which best known are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Socionics.

Referring to Keirsey ENTJs belong to the temperament of the Rationals and are called Fieldmarshals.

In Socionics ENTjs belong to the club of the researcher, the gamma Quadra and are named "Entrepreneur" or Jack London. Another notation for ENTj is LIE (which is an acronym for Logical-Intuitive Extratim, referring to the cognitive functions).

Descriptor[edit | edit source]

ENTJs lead with Te or extroverted thinking.  This function is the autopilot for the ENTJ.  Te is concerned with efficiency, facts, command and getting things done.  Next, is Ni or introverted intuition.  Ni is all about strategy, vision and looking ahead. Auxiliary Ni gives ENTJs their strategic bent, as these folks are likely to have 5 year, 10 year and 15 year plans.  They know what they want and they stick with it. No questions asked. Their tertiary is extroverted sensing or Se. Tertiary Se is neither super obvious nor is it super hard to miss either.  It is a noticable part of the ENTJ's personality and gives the ENTJ an action-oriented bent at times. Their Se can help them put their plans into action and ground their strong visions into reality.  It can also help the ENTJ live more in the present as opposed to having their heads in the clouds.  This function develops in early adulthood.  Lastly, the inferior function for the ENTJ would be introverted feeling or Fi.  Inferior Fi manifests in the ENTJ being completely detached from their feelings at least from an immediate angle.  The ENTJ feels things deeply, but would prefer to weather through whatever it is they are feeling and accomplish what they need to accomplish in the real world.  The ENTJ might even deny that they have feelings altogether and may get very angry with people who ask them how they feel or try to prod them and disrespect their boundaries. This function starts to develop around middle-age to senior years.

ENTJs are organized and career-focused. They have a vision and go for it without flinching or overplanning.  They have little tolerance for inefficiency and are often not aware of the feelings of others. The ENTJ is often described as the "field marshal" of the world-ENTJs thrive when in command and therefore are most likely to advance into seats of power and leadership.  The ENTJ would much prefer to lead rather than follow.  A common misconception about ENTJs is that they have to lead all the time when that simply isn't true.  The ENTJ would hand over the reins to someone who demonstrated more knowledge in an area so long as the ENTJ in question has at least a little bit of control or oversight tied to it.  An ENTJ leading a project or a task while knowing that someone else might be better fit to lead is simply inefficient, something an ENTJ loathes, therefore it would make no sense for the ENTJ in question to lead in that situation and they know that.  With all that being said, ENTJs hate working for other people and would still ultimately prefer to lead. They despise being micromanaged by sensing types, particularly by ESTJs or ISTJs.  This might make them struggle to be optimal employees in the eyes of their employers who may expect the ENTJ to be detail-oriented when that just isn't in their forte.  On the other hand, the ENTJ isn't out of luck just yet.  This is where their Ni comes into the picture.  The ENTJ in question is once again strategic.  They are far more likely than ESTJs to rise up to the top ranks through one bold action than a regimented and traditional way of rising up that takes years.  It is this hatred for working for others that often inspires the ENTJ to be in control. Another thing that goes unnoticed in the ENTJ descriptions online is their overlooked Se.  ENTJs are stereotyped as being all work and no fun.  While work is very important to the ENTJ, on the other hand, said ENTJ will play just as hard, if not harder.  The professional and task-focused ENTJ may surprise people with their sense of humor or antics in the present moment.  ENTJs love to make people laugh and may even enjoy being the center of attention for short periods of time. Their tertiary Se allows them to loosen up, an advantage that they have over their INxJ brethren.  This is something that they share in common with their sister type, the ENFJ. This trait might even give the ENTJ a childlike look, at least temporarily. Inferior Fi is tricky for the ENTJ.  ENTJs are not normally outwardly emotional people, preferring again to man up and/or think objectively about the situation and do what needs to be done. They pay very little attention to their feelings and repress them.  This is what causes Fi grips, or rather a brake to help the ENTJ find equilibrium.  While the inferior function can be a pain in the ass, it is meant to help the ENTJ become a more well-rounded person.  Young or immature ENTJs may be reluctant to dabble in their inferior Fi, labelling it as effeminate or weak.  ENTJs hate weakness and might find that if they show their most tender feelings to the world they will be vulnerable and thus powerless.

General Traits[edit | edit source]


  • Assertive
  • Goal-oriented
  • Result-oriented
  • Pragmatic
  • Demanding
  • Open-minded
  • Insightful
  • Protective
  • Objective


  • Short-tempered
  • Impulsive
  • Impatient
  • Vengeful
  • Lack of sympathy
  • Perfectionistic

ENTJs and the Enneagram

ENTJ 3: This is the most stereotypical ENTJ. These ENTJs are the stereotypical workaholics seen in the descriptions online.  They are heavily focused on their work and want to be noticed in doing so.  Achievements and the need to have a strong work ethic are especially present in this type.

ENTJ 6: ENTJ 6s are usually more intellectual than achievement-oriented or control-oriented. They might go on to be founders of new ideologies.

ENTJ 8: The most powerful ENTJ and a lot more rare than previously thought. This is the stereotypical Disney villain combination. This breed of ENTJ is a bit more rugged than their 3 and 6 cousins, the ENTJ 8 is all about power and rising to the top of the hierarchy.  They are the most expansive ENTJ, especially if 8w7. Whereas, 8w9 is more contained and boundary-focused.  Either way, ENTJ 8s of either wing are likely to be found in leadership.

ENTJ and socionics correlations[edit | edit source]

This is something worth noting. A lot of people make the mistake of falsely equating MBTI and socionics and doing correlations as if they are the same system. They fail to separate the two and treat them as separate vessels or systems. This results in people automatically assuming that for example, ENTJ must be LIE in socionics even though that is not always a guarantee and even though the two systems address two different things. In fact, many ENTJs identify with SLE in socionics.

MBTI cognitive functions[edit | edit source]

  1. Extroverted Thinking (Te)
  2. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  3. Extroverted Sensing (Se)
  4. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  5. Introverted Thinking (Ti)
  6. Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
  7. Introverted Sensing (Si)
  8. Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Socionics cognitive functions[edit | edit source]

  1. Socionics profiteor.gif extroverted thinking (Te)
  2. Socionics tempus.gif introverted intuition (Ni)
  3. Socionics emoveo.gif extroverted feeling (Fe)
  4. Socionics sensus.gif introverted sensing (Si)
  5. Socionics relatio.gif introverted feeling (Fi)
  6. Socionics factor.gif extroverted sensing (Se)
  7. Socionics logos.gif introverted thinking (Ti)
  8. Socionics intueor.gif extroverted intuition (Ne)
Model A
Socionics profiteor.gif Socionics tempus.gif
Socionics sensus.gif Socionics emoveo.gif
Socionics factor.gif Socionics relatio.gif
Socionics logos.gif Socionics intueor.gif

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

MBTI and Keirsey

Myers-Briggs Types
Keirsey Temperament Sorter Types
Socionics Types
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