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ENTJ Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ENTJ personality type

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Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is the key to maximizing your effectiveness. Focus on the power of your strengths and learn to build on your weaknesses. ENTJs are effifient at achieving their goals due to their determination and self-confidence - however they must be self-aware, as this can sometimes develop into stubborness.

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Tapping into those strengths and eliminating the inherent shortcomings, some ENTJs will out-perform others in their pursuit to the top.

ENTJ Strengths

Natural strengths of an ENTJ


What sets the ENTJ apart from others is the fortitude to follow through where others stumble. The ability to set emotion aside to make rational and logical decisions helps the ENTJ stay focused on the big picture goal, regardless of how they may feel at the time. The ENTJ never lets how they feel stop them from doing what they must.



Not everyone knows their self-worth, but this isn't a problem for the ENTJ. ENTJs know what they want, the best way to get there, and want to be in charge of others working towards that goal, all because they are so sure of themselves.



ENTJs can create a carefully formulated plan to achieve what they desire. While they have grand visions for the future, their plans live grounded in reality and are tailored for action.



With self-confidence and creative ideas, it should be no surprise that the ENTJ is proudly outspoken. Their good ideas must be shared, and they do so knowing they can inspire others to follow their charge towards the result.

ENTJ weaknesses

Natural areas where ENTJs could develop themselves


The ENTJ is brimming with confidence, both for themselves and their ideas, and they can put up resistance to the views of others if it doesn't fit with their interpretation. Their passion and determination in defending their ideas cause problems when they are fighting a losing battle. The ENTJ will continue to fight when it would have been more prudent to pick another battle or give a concession.



The life of the ENTJ is defined by progress and achievement. Waiting for others to make a decision can be agonizing for the ENTJ who can make quick, rational decisions based on logic.



The ENTJ may not see this as a weakness, but those around them can. The high standards that ENTJs set for themselves are also pressed upon their friends, family, and colleagues. More reserved and less-assured personalities may find the ENTJ's expectations overwhelming.



The ENTJ is predominantly a logical thinker. They may not always take the emotional impact of their words or actions into consideration. Facts are more important than feelings to the ENTJ, and they can mistakenly assume that all others share this viewpoint.

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ENTJs can read others' emotions, but often they don't view them as essential variables.


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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.