What's It Like To Be an "ENTJ"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ENTJs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ENTJ - Strategist Mobilizer
|Likely Social Style:
Not organizing and not problem solving
is hard for me. I am most comfortable in
the idea development stage—the push for
putting things together, new solutions, and
improvements to take us to the next step.
I have several dimensions I work in.
My focus has always been on finding what’s
preventing us from doing what we need to do. If it’s
lack of confidence or motivation, the solution is building
that. If it’s lack of skills, it’s building skills. If it’s rules
or other inhibitors, I work to eliminate those. I value
people, but I am quick to judge their value to the system
and quick to judge my personal desire to be involved
with them. I stand off if they don’t meet my standards
quickly, which can make me hard to know, and I think I
am unwilling to get into other people’s motivations.
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
My response to making a mistake is, “Did you
learn anything? If so, great, it was worth it, and don’t
make the same mistake again.” This kind of critiquing
is easy for me, and I admire—and like to have around
me—people who have a real, genuine concern for others
and who see the positives. But then there is a time when
I sit back and say people have to get on board with the
way I see things because it’s the right way to go. It took
me a while to learn the value of cutting people some
slack. Although I appear to dominate, when people get
to know me, I really don’t. I let them do their own thing.
With people I judge as friendly or want to get to know, I
open up quickly, although I don’t actually go out and do
things to make others like me.
I respect wisdom and kindness and competent,
knowledgeable people who are willing to share
with others. I won’t buy into anything just because
the person who says it is the leader. It has to make
sense to me—consistent and free of contradictions.
If it’s a plan, I have to believe it’s doable. If it’s a
philosophy, it must match mine from the outset. I
think integrity means keeping one’s word and sticking
to my espoused principles even when it’s easier not to.
Honesty is important.
I really value progress, learning, and knowledge
and have an intense need to know things. Probably this
is where I get myself into a lot of projects because it is
the opportunity to try something new. I tend to over
research, and I have an innate ability to handle a great
number of diverse things almost simultaneously. I can
watch TV and finish a project and read a magazine
all at the same time. I think I don’t know how to
relax. I can sit down and actually go through and
identify the problem and gather alternatives and do a
mental brainstorm by myself to come up with different
alternatives. I force myself to see if I am not looking
at something disjointedly or parochially before I come
to a conclusion. And I try to look at the small things
in order to look at the big picture, just using plain logic
and connecting the dots to prognosticate what the likely
outcomes are. Often the first conclusion was the right
I actually believe you can do anything if you set
your mind to it and are willing to pay the price. I will
ask myself if I am willing to pay the price.
I tend to push to get the job done, sometimes
without regard to others’ feelings, and I hate repeating
myself. Listening is a problem for me because I have
probably already thought out things thoroughly, done
my homework, and reached an answer before I even get
to the stage of presenting it to other people. Similarly,
I may get upset with others’ behavior, but it is almost
never personalized, which can be a drawback because
then I haven’t considered what caused the behavior and
if I should make some kind of reconciliation.
I am my own worst critic. I want perfect
achievement of myself, and sometimes I have a fear of
suddenly waking up and being known as someone who
doesn’t really know anything.
I love to discover new approaches and really prefer
creating and beginning things, organizing projects and
programs, and then teaching someone else how to do
them and handing them off. Although if someone has
a better idea, then let’s go with it, and if the system’s
values and mechanisms line up for me, whoever the
leader is, then I guess I am probably one of the most
loyal. Probably my goals are patience, wisdom, and
discipline—wisdom to focus on the right priorities and
correct decisions and patience to take the time to listen.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ENTJ,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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