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The ENTJ Personality Type

ENTJs are highly organized, disciplined, and have a plan for everything.

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This series of short articles touches on several aspects of the ENTJ personality type.

You can jump straight to any section by clicking the links below, or keep reading to learn about the definition of the ENTJ personality type.

What does ENTJ stand for?

ENTJ stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging.

In the popular Myers-Briggs or 16-personalities tradition, all personalities belong to one of 16 types. Each type is defined by preferences across these four dimensions:

  • Introverted vs. Extraverted
  • Sensing vs. Intuitive
  • Thinking vs. Feeling
  • Perceiving vs. Judging

Here’s how to understand the ENTJ’s place on all four dimensions:

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ENTJs have an extraverted attitude or orientation.

ENTJs tend to focus more on the objective world of people and their external environment, while an introverted attitude leads to a greater focus on the inner, subjective world of concepts and ideas.


ENTJs prefer to use the cognitive function of intuition over sensing when taking in information about the world.

This dimension, intuition vs. sensing, is known as the perceiving function in MBTI theory.

Intuition refers to perception from sources other than the sensory system. ENTJs prefer to use their perception of abstract patterns, connections, “gut feeling” about a situation, rather than relying more heavily on perception directly through the sensory system (sensing).


ENTJs prefer using their thinking function when judging information and assessing values and needs among people.

This dimension, thinking vs. feeling, is known as the judging function in MBTI theory.

By prefering thinking over feeling as their judging function, ENTJs lean heavily on logic, consistency, and correctness when making decisions, rather than focusing on others’ emotions, desires, and perceptions.


As a judging type, ENTJs tend to present their judging function of thinking to the external world.

Because they present their thinking function externally, other people see ENTJs as as logical, rational, and highly analytical.

ENTJ cognitive functions

The four-letter types from MBTI theory encode each type’s attitudes and preferred cognitive functions.

  1. The first letter indicates an introverted vs. extraverted attitude
  2. The second letter indicates the preferred sensing function
  3. The third letter indicates the preferred judging function
  4. The fourth letter indicates a judging vs. perceiving attitude

For the ENTJ,

  • E: This type has an extraverted attitude
  • N: This type prefers perceiving through intuition over sensing
  • T: This type prefers judging through thinking over thinking
  • J: This type has a judging attitude or orientation and will present their favored judging function (feeling) to the outer world

From this, we can determine how the ENTJ prefers the four cognitive functions of intuition, sensing, thinking, and feeling:

  • ENTJs’ primary function is thinking (T)
  • ENTJs’ secondary (auxiliary) function is intuition (N)
  • ENTJs’ tertiary function is sensing (S)
  • ENTJs’ inferior function is feeling (F)

Why? ENTJs have an extraverted attitude (E) and a judging attitude (J), so they present their judging function (T) to the external world.

Like all extraverted types, ENTJs prefer an orientation to the outer world, so they present their strongest cognitive function (T) to the outer world and other people.

ENTJs’ secondary function, intuition, is the one they rely on more heavily in their inner, subjective world. This counterbalances their extraverted primary function.

In MBTI theory, the tertiary function is the opposite of the secondary function, which for ENTJs is sensing.

Lastly, the inferior function is the opposite of the primary function, which for ENTJs is feeling. The inferior function in all personality types is the least developed function.

How rare is the ENTJ personality type?

According to the MBTI, somewhere between 2% and 7% of all people will be classified as an ENTJ.

ENTJ compatibility with other types

For comparisons between ENTJs and other types from the 16 Personality typology, visit any of the type pairings below:

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