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ENTJ Overview

Key principles of the ENTJ personality type with global survey data

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ENTJs are leaders by their very nature. They tend to have a charismatic and confident personality and are able to bring people together in facing a singular, shared goal. Of course, this can mean that ENTJs have the capacity to be remorselessly rational, setting themselves to complete a task with a dogged determination and drive that can result in some marginalisation. Their overwhelming nature can smother the more timid and sensitive personalities, and they can clash as a result. Nevertheless, ENTJs are likely to be great achievers in business or public institutions, and they tend to assert their presence into anything to which they set their mind, heart, and soul.


ENTJ Principles

What are the core principles behind the ENTJ personality type?

People with the ENTJ personality type are often leaders, organizers, and logical decision-makers. ENTJs tend to be excellent planners, abstract thinkers, and problem solvers with a propensity for leading the charge for action. Their enthusiasm and motivation for great achievement fuel their professional career. The ENTJ is characteristically direct, and while they may not show much emotion themselves, they are aware of others' feelings and can navigate them with practice. They are among the rarest of personality types.

Because of the high standards they set for themselves, their weaknesses usually come in the form of impatience and intolerance, but only when those around them aren't as driven to succeed as they are.

In general, all ENTJs display these traits:

  • They are one of the most driven of all personality types.
  • They can see the big picture, formulate a plan of attack, and execute that plan.
  • They are relentless.
  • They know their worth.

Leadership

The ENTJ has a desire to take charge in most environments. They possess the interpersonal skills to inspire action from others, the perception to identify the problem, and the planning to solve it. This approach to life makes them naturally fit well in the corporate hierarchy. ENTJs are dominant in their ventures and often reach the high bar they set for themselves.

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ENTJs have the charisma and confidence to attract others to follow their lead.

Effective

The ENTJ has a highly efficient, productive mindset. Inefficiency is strongly frowned upon by the ENTJ. They are quick to find the path of least resistance and just as quick to act upon it. Through careful planning and immediate action, ENTJs can get anything done, and they can often get it done faster than their peers.

ENTJs always seek efficiency. It's a part of why emotions are seen as unimportant when making decisions; they derail the train of thought from moving smoothly forward.

Relentless Persistence

When a goal has been identified, the ENTJ becomes an unstoppable force.

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Extraverts recharge by spending time in the company of other people.

Strong Self-Image

It wouldn't be possible to crave leadership positions and have the resolve to follow through with your plans without confidence in yourself. The ENTJ never questions their self-worth; they know they are great in the ways that matter (to them). External criticism has a minimal impact on their self-image.

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An ENTJ's self-assured nature is a positive feedback loop. Good ideas lead to good plans, which leads to execution and success, which increases the confidence to repeat the behavior.


Data: ENTJ World Heatmap

What is the global distribution of the ENTJ personality type?

Which countries have the highest percentage of ENTJs? Is this type more common in certain countries? Use our research data to find out.

Figure 1: Percent of population with ENTJ type

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What this chart shows

This heatmap shows the percent of each country's population who are ENTJ. This helps us to easily identify global distribution of this personality type. For example we see Ireland has a high proportion of ENTJs and Spain has a low proportion of ENTJs.

Notes:
  • 1. Countries with less than 0.001% share of global population have not been included due to sample size.
  • 2. n=27985
  • 3. Population: all
  • 4. Live dataset last updated:

Figure 2: Regions with highest and lowest percent of ENTJ types

Top ten countries with highest and lowest percent of respondents with ENTJ personality type

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What this chart shows

This chart shows the top ten countries with the highest proportion of people with ENTJ personality type and ten countries with the lowest proportion of people with ENTJ personality type.

Notes:
  • 1. Countries with less than 0.001% share of global population have not been included due to sample size.
  • 2. n=27985
  • 3. Population: all
  • 4. Live dataset last updated:

ENTJ: The Four Letters Explained

What does ENTJ stand for?

The four letters of the ENTJ personality stand for: (E)xtraverted, i(N)tuitive, (T)hinking, and (J)udging. Let's consider each of these four traits.

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Extraverted

(I)ntroverted vs (E)xtraverted

An extravert is a social, assertive, and energetic individual, who is comfortable interacting with the external world. They prefer exploring the wider environment than their own internal thought processes, and find alone time to be demotivating.

  • Prefer spending time with people
  • Full of energy and enthusiasm
  • Large social networks
  • Prefer talking to writing
  • Enjoys meeting new people

Introverts and extraverts can be separated based on how they regain energy. Introverts prefer minimally stimulating environments, and they need time alone to recharge. Extraverts refuel by being with others.

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Intuitive

I(N)tuitive vs (S)ensing

Intuitive types focus on impressions or underlying patterns of information they see. They prefer learning by thinking it through rather than by hands-on experience.

  • Remember the sense of events
  • Read between the lines and looks for meaning.
  • Like to see the big picture
  • Daydream about possibilities
  • Make decisions based on hunches

Intuitive types take a high-level view and may experience dissatisfaction when attention to detail is required. People with an Intuition preference doubt and test everything. They value innovation and imagination, and present information through figures of speech.

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Thinking

(T)hinking vs (F)eeling

Thinking types are objective. They make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart. Thinking people judge situations and others based on logic. They value truth over tact and can easily identify flaws.

  • Use logic and objectivity
  • Seek the truth
  • Value reason and rationality
  • Direct with people
  • Prefer facts to opinions

Thinking types are critical thinkers and oriented toward problem-solving. Thinking does not mean a person is without emotion.

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Judging

(J)udging vs (P)erceiving

Judging types approach life in a structured, organized and carefully calibrated way, creating plans to help them achieve their goals. Schedules and to-do lists are comforting to them. They prefer knowing what they are getting into and feel frustrated in situations of ambiguity and change.

  • Act decisively
  • Organized and structured
  • Are finishers. They like plans and deadlines.
  • Like closure
  • Prefer structured setting

Judging types gain a sense of control by taking charge of their environment. They are self-disciplined and decisive, going for closure at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid stress.


Data: What percentage of people are ENTJ?

Which MBTI® type is the rarest and which is the most common?

Figure 3: Global distribution of ENTJ types

How does the percent of ENTJ type people compare with other types?

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What this chart shows

This chart shows percentage of the population who are ENTJ. We see that INTJ is the rarest and ESTJ is the most common. ENTJs are one of the more common types at 7.2% of the population.

Notes:
  • 1. n=29746
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Data: ENTJ Age Statistics

Are ENTJs more or less likely to be in a particular age group?

Figure 4: percentage of ENTJ types by age

How does the proportion of ENTJ types vary by age?

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What this chart shows

This chart shows what percent of each age group are ENTJ.

Notes:
  • 1. n=40574
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Data: ENTJ Genders

Survey data on ENTJ types by genders

ENTJs are mostly female (58.9%) with 40.5% female and 0.6% other.

Figure 5: Type ENTJ by gender

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What this chart shows

The split between genders across the ENTJ population is 40.5% female, 58.9% male, 0.6% other. Compared to the average population, ENTJs have a slightly higher proportion of males.

Notes:
  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "What is your gender?"

 


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.