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ENTJ Personality Profile

ENTJ: Strategic Mobilizer





Energized by the external world.

Focuses visions and possibilities.

Decides with objectivity and logic.

Wants things settled and decided.

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ENTJ Relatable Quotes

 “I love the feeling of being in charge.”

– Charlize Theron

 "I am brutally honest and outspoken. I am impatient and, to many, abrasive."

– Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric)

 "Anybody who's ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me."

– Nancy Pelosi

 "My nature is that I have to excite myself with a big challenge."

– Garry Kasparov (Chess champion)

 "An empty throne always tempts me."

– Napoleon Bonaparte

 "Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past.

It's a good thing we have museums to document that."

– Bill Gates

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Assertive: Yes, you're a leader and quite happy being one.  You take charge quickly - dealing directly with problems, especially in situations that involve confusion or inefficiency.

Determined: You develop broad, action-oriented plans and supply the necessary enthusiasm and momentum to see that the plans are completed; you don't take 'no' for an answer and you use your resources to find a way to meet the challenge.  You set ambitious goals for yourself and those around you, working relentlessly to achieve them. 

Intellectual: You're at your best when using your analytical and strategic mind. You value knowledge as a key to advancement and are willing to learn about the past if it will benefit you in the future.

Responsible: You love to debate issues and view problems from all sides...you often become your job...your sense of identity is closely tied to how well you carry out your responsibilities.

Productive: You abhor having nothing to do and like regularly scheduled constructive activities.

Visionary: You have a clear vision of the future and are not afraid to share it with others, inspiring them to work towards common goals.

Organized: You thrive on structure and order, ensuring that everything is in place and running smoothly.

Decisive: You make decisions confidently and quickly, even under pressure, using your logical thinking and intuition.

Adaptable: You can adjust your approach to suit changing circumstances, always finding new ways to achieve your objectives.

Strategic: You excel at identifying opportunities, anticipating potential obstacles, and creating a comprehensive plan to achieve success.

Influential: You are skilled at persuading others to see your point of view and rallying them to support your ideas.

Resourceful: You can find creative solutions to problems, utilizing all available tools and resources to overcome obstacles.


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Challenges and Growth Opportunities

Empathy: ENTJs are natural leaders, but sometimes you might come across as a little too direct or impersonal. The magic happens when you work on your empathy skills. By understanding others' feelings, you can build even stronger connections and lead in a way that truly resonates with people.

Open-mindedness: ENTJs are known for their strategic thinking, and you probably love having a good plan in place. But remember, sometimes the best opportunities come from unexpected places. Embrace the unexpected, keep an open mind, and you might be surprised at what you discover.

Patience: You're driven and ambitious, which is amazing. But sometimes, the world might not move as quickly as you'd like. Patience can be a powerful tool in your arsenal, helping you stay balanced even when things don't go according to plan.

Work-Life Balance: You're a hard worker, and that's one of your superpowers. But don't forget to take time for yourself too. Striking a balance between work and personal life is not just good for you, it can actually make you more productive and creative in the long run.

Active Listening: You're great at expressing your thoughts and ideas, but remember that communication is a two-way street. Active listening can help you understand different perspectives, make others feel valued, and even uncover insights you might have missed.

Delegating: As a natural leader, you're great at taking charge. But remember, you don't have to do everything yourself. Delegating not only lightens your load but also empowers others, fosters trust, and builds a stronger team.

Maintain a Balanced Approach:

  • Avoid rushing towards goals without considering alternative approaches.
  • Keep the overall objective in mind and explore different strategies.

Consider the Needs of Others:

  • Factor in the needs and perspectives of others.
  • Avoid neglecting the support and contributions of those around you.

Acknowledge and Address Emotions:

  • Avoid suppressing emotions for too long.
  • Take the time to understand and analyze your feelings.

Avoid Misinterpreting Criticism:

  • Don't view criticism as an attempt to control you.
  • Strive to understand the true intentions behind feedback.


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ENTJ in Relationships

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A Practical Approach: You have a practical approach to relationships, valuing stability and order. You appreciate a partner who is organized, efficient, and can contribute to maintaining a well-functioning partnership.  As an ENTJ, you're a natural-born leader who is often the one who takes charge in relationships. You're confident and assertive, guiding the partnership towards mutual goals and setting clear expectations. 

Supportive: Despite your strong-willed nature, you can be a supportive partner who sincerely values your partner's growth and success. 

Shared Values: You understand that you must have partners who share your values and principles, as this creates a strong foundation for the relationship. You appreciate a partner who has a clear understanding of their own beliefs and is willing to stand by them.

Intellectual Stimulation: You need intellectual growth and mental stimulation to be happy; you're most attracted to partners who can challenge you intellectually and enjoy engaging in meaningful conversations.

Rationality and Logic: You approach relationships with a strong sense of reason and logic. You highly value clear, direct communication and effective problem-solving, making you adept at navigating conflicts or misunderstandings.

Problem-Solving and Support: You also show your love by offering practical solutions and support to your partner when they face challenges. Your ability to analyze situations and come up with effective strategies is a way of showing that you care for their well-being.

Direct Communication: As an ENTJ, you tend to communicate very directly. You value honesty and openness in your relationships and expect the same from your partner. However, some people may find your communication style blunt or harsh.

Independent: While you highly value your relationships, you also value your independence and may need time alone to recharge. ENTJs often struggle with partners who require a lot of emotional support or attention.  You may offer guidance and advice, but also expect your partner to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.

DecisiveYou're known for your decisiveness and may quickly make decisions in your relationships when things take a turn. You likely have a clear idea of what you want in a partner and may move on quickly if you feel the relationship is not meeting your needs.  If the relationship becomes stifling or you feel like you are losing your independence, you will make a 'logical' decision to leave.


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a heart iconENTJ's Love Languages:

 Quality Time, Physical Touch and Words of Affirmation.

Love languages are the ways in which people express and receive affection from others. They help us understand how to communicate love more effectively and meet each other's emotional needs. The five love languages include Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

According to a Survey conducted by Heidi Priebe, the top 3 (primary) Love Language choices for ENTJ's are Quality Time (32.88%), Physical Touch (23.29%),  and Words of Affirmation (21.92%).


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a heart iconQuality Time (32.88%)

ENTJs, known for their strategic and goal-oriented nature, value efficiency and effectiveness in almost everything they do. So when it comes to expressing love, it's no different.

Quality Time appeals to them because it allows them to maximize their efforts by devoting undivided attention to their partner, ensuring a strong connection and fostering meaningful conversations that help them understand their partner's needs and ambitions better.

It's almost like a Jedi mind trick for them, reinforcing the idea that time invested wisely in a relationship leads to long-term success.


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a heart iconPhysical Touch (23.29%)

ENTJs, known for their driven and action-oriented nature, often appreciate direct and tangible forms of communication. Physical Touch as a primary love language can appeal to them because it provides a concrete and immediate expression of affection.

Physical touch, such as hugs, kisses, or hand-holding, allows ENTJs to feel a deep sense of connection and intimacy with their partner, which aligns with their desire for authentic and genuine connections. Furthermore, physical touch can serve as a way to release stress and recharge their energy, as ENTJs tend to be high achievers with demanding lifestyles.

Lastly, physical touch offers a non-verbal way for ENTJs to show their care and support, enabling them to express love in a direct and impactful manner.


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a heart iconWords of Affirmation (21.92%)

ENTJs, as natural leaders and visionaries, thrive on feedback and recognition for their accomplishments.

Words of Affirmation serve as a powerful love language for them because it provides the validation and acknowledgment they crave. Hearing words of praise, admiration, and appreciation fuels their motivation and confidence, reinforcing their belief in their abilities and vision.

 ENTJs are often focused on personal growth and self-improvement, receiving constructive feedback and guidance through affirming words allows them to refine their skills and strategies, making it a mutually beneficial love language.


ENTJ Date Ideas

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  • Wine or craft beer tasting: Discover new flavors and expand your palate at a wine or craft beer tasting event, allowing for a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere while bonding over shared preferences.
  • Strategy-based games night: Host a games night featuring strategy-based games, igniting the ENTJ's competitive spirit and love for tactical challenges.
  • Fitness class or sports activity: Participate in a fitness class or sports activity, combining the ENTJ's love for physical challenge and personal growth.
  • Theater or live performance: Enjoy an evening of culture and entertainment at a theater or live performance, providing a sophisticated and engaging experience.
  • Museum or art gallery visit: Explore a museum or art gallery, stimulating the ENTJ's intellectual curiosity and providing engaging conversation topics.
  • Guided city tour or architectural walk: Take a guided city tour or architectural walk to learn about local history, culture, and design, satisfying the ENTJ's love for knowledge and exploration.
  • Adventure park or amusement park: Spend a day at an adventure or amusement park, enjoying thrilling rides and attractions, appealing to the ENTJ's bold and fun-loving side.
  • Escape Room or mystery dinner theater: Immerse yourselves in a live escape game or mystery dinner theater, engaging the ENTJ's strategic thinking and problem-solving skills in an entertaining setting.


a collage of public figures depicted to be the INFJ Personality Type : Julius Cesar, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, David Letterman, Penn Jillette, Joseph Stalin  Rush Limbaugh, Dwayne Johnson, George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Katharine Hepburn, Napoleon  Nancy Pelosi, Tea Leoni, Lori Greiner, Adele, Michael Douglas, Dick Cheney

Famous people believed to be ENTJ (Depicted above):

Julius CesarJack WelchBill GatesDavid LettermanPenn JilletteJoseph Stalin

Rush LimbaughDwayne JohnsonGeorge ClooneyCharlize TheronKatharine HepburnNapoleon

Nancy PelosiTea LeoniLori GreinerAdeleMichael DouglasDick Cheney


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Betty Baker M.A. Psych, M.Ed

About the Author

Betty Baker is an awarded marriage and family therapist and contributor to the internationally renowned PeaceBuilders® Program - a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for children, grades pre-K to 12.