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Portrait of an ENTJ

If one word were used to capture ENTJ's style, it would be commandant. The basic driving force and need of ENTJs is to lead, and from an early age they can be observed taking over groups. This type is found in approximately 5 percent of the total population. ENTJs have a strong urge to give structure wherever they are to harness people to distant goals. Their empirical, objective, and extroverted thinking may be highly developed; if this is the case, they use classification, generalization, summarization, adduction of evidence, and demonstration with ease. They resemble ESTJs in their tendency to establish plans for a task, enterprise, or organization, but ENTJs search more for policy and goals than for regulations and procedures. An ENTJ's introverted thinking (analysis and conservation) may be less well developed than the extroverted thinking processes, and the ENTJ leader may turn to an ENTP or INTP to provide this kind of input. ENTJs are similar to INTJs except that the former places greater trust in empirical thought than in intuition; it is the ENTJs' own intuitive sense of coherence, however, that augments and supports their empirical thinking.

Although ENTJs are tolerant of established procedures, they can abandon any procedure when it can be shown to be indifferent to the goal it seemingly serves. Inefficiency is especially rejected by ENTJs, and repetition of error causes them to become impatient. For the ENTJ~ there must always be a reason for doing anything, and people's feelings usually are not sufficient reason. When in charge of an organization, ENTJs more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going and seem able to communicate that vision to others. They are the natural organization builders, and they cannot not lead. They find themselves in command and sometimes are mystified as to how this happened. As administrators, ENTJs organize their units into a smooth-functioning system, planning in advance, keeping both short-term and long-range objectives well in mind. They seek and can see efficiency and effectiveness in personnel. They prefer decisions to be based on impersonal data, want to work from well-thought-out plans, and like to use engineered operations and they prefer that others follow suit. ENTJs will support the policy of the organization and will expect others to do so.

ENTJs will usually rise to positions of responsibility and enjoy being executives. They are tireless in their devotion to their jobs and can easily block out other areas of life for the sake of work. They will be able to reduce inefficiency, ineffectiveness, and aimless confusion, being willing to dismiss employees who perpetuate such behaviors. ENTJs tend to work in organizational structures of some sort, tend to be in charge administratively, and rise to top levels of responsibility, whether in the military, business, education, or government.

ENTJs take charge of the home. When an ENTJ is present, there will be little doubt as to who is in command. Because their work is so important to them, however, they can become increasingly absent, especially if male. Male or female, ENTJs expect a great deal of their mates, who need to possess a strong personality of their own, a well-developed autonomy, many and varied interests, and a healthy self-esteem. A career wife, however, may not be appealing to an ENTJ male, who is apt to view his home and family as a part of his professional background, a resource, and adjunct to his own career development.

As a parent, an ENTJ will be thoroughly in charge, and the children will know what is expected of them and will be expected to obey. When this does not occur, an ENTJ parent is not apt to make a scene; rather, there is more likely to be a low-key, firm issuance of reprimand and a taking-for-granted of immediate obedience. While both mating and parenting are roles of importance to the ENTJ, they are to some degree pre-empted by the ENTJ's strong career interest. The romantic dream and the quest for the ideal mate is usually not a characteristic of this type. ENTJs generally do, however, expect a home to be attractive, well-ordered, with meals served punctually and maintenance accomplished on schedule all these in the service of the larger goal of creating a family system where children can be reared to be productive and healthy and establishing a devoted, harmonious relationship between man and woman. An ENTJ male might expect his mate to be active in civic and community affairs. to be socially sophisticated, and as well-educated as he. The ENTJ female may find it difficult to select a mate who is not overwhelmed by her strong personality and will.