10 Most Prominent Traits, Strengths, & Weaknesses Of The Commander ENTJ Personality Type

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Think of the most dominant, confident, and possibly most successful person in your life. It’s likely that this person is of the ENTJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging) Myers-Briggs personality type.

This is one of sixteen personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a widely-used personality test created by Isabel Briggs-Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs in order to organize and expand upon the personality theories of famous psychologist Carl Jung.

Is ENTJ the most powerful?

Of the types, ENTJ comes first in self-assurance and assertiveness so it's no surprise they're also called the Commander personality type.

It’s also no wonder that they typically make their way to the top of social hierarchies and are overrepresented among business owners.

ENTJs are natural-born leaders.

So, yes, you could say the ENTJ personality type is the most powerful in a way.

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ENTJ Strengths:

1. Charismatic

ENTJs are able to use their awesome presence and charisma to get people to follow them into any situation. If you regularly hear people tell you that you have an inspirational and motivational personality, you’re probably an ENTJ.

2. Blunt

ENTJs are not intentionally blunt but can be blunt when needed.

Some people may think this to be a weakness but in reality, it's a good thing to not put up with fluff pieces and get right down into the nitty-gritty.

Socially, ENTJs know how to get things moving with ease. In fact, it’s basically second nature.

3. Extroverted

Unlike most people who get tired by too much interaction, ENTJs thrive on it. The more they get to talk, do, and go out places, the more alive they are.

4. Efficient

ENTJs are, if nothing else, massive fans of convenience and efficiency. Doing things slowly — or worse, inefficiently — will make most ENTJs flip out. E

NTJs will often make a point to smooth out everything into a well-oiled machine, just because they can and because inefficiency ticks them off so much. These are the people who set and achieve their goals.

5. Confident

Natural leaders can’t lead without innate confidence. ENTJs ooze it out of every pore, often to the point that others will call them “diva-like” or even aggressive in the way they deal with things. This is only because by being extraverted intuitive ENTJs are focused primarily on the big picture.

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ENTJ Weaknesses:

Like all other Personality types, ENTJ personalities come with a dark side and some pretty negative personality traits.

1. Arrogant

Compared to other Myers-Briggs types, ENTJ is the most arrogant on average. This confidence helps them in competitive contexts but hinders their social relationships and ability to connect with others.

They’re quick to put themselves first and neglect to think of others’ needs or the need of the group as a whole. They may have the potential for truly inspiring leadership, but sometimes it gets wasted on their egos.

2. Impulsive

Sometimes high confidence comes with the assumption of always being right, whether or not they’ve thought things through. ENTJs run the risk of having low impulse control due to feelings of entitlement and arrogance (see above).

At best, this leads to the occasional guilty chocolate bar in the checkout line. At worst, it can lead to an addiction.

While this certainly doesn’t affect all ENTJs the same, it is something to keep in mind if you have an ENTJ friend, family member or significant other.

3. Ruthless

ENTJs are some of the best leaders, but they’re also some of the most ruthless. An unchecked ENTJ can be seriously mean given even a small amount of power or lack thereof.

Their sense of entitlement (to power, subordinates, praise, etc.) can have them getting easily impatient and they’re intolerant of opposing views and competition.

It doesn’t stop with ENTJs only in positions of power, though. They’re nasty in competition, too; they’ll step on anyone’s toes to get ahead. They’re also difficult as subordinates due to their insatiable desire to be in charge.

4. Apathetic

While this is certainly not true of all ENTJ personalities, many have difficulty handling their emotions, especially when other people are involved. Although they’re impressively introspective for being an extroverted personality type, they struggle with empathy for others and tend to ignore their own deep-seated feelings.

People with this personality type have a hard time with emotional expression.

This is largely due to their innate belief that emotions are a weakness and that they should be repressed and forgotten completely.

5. Stubborn

ENTJs are known for seeing their way as the right way, even when facts and pleading may suggest otherwise. With all the strong will that ENTJs are known for, it’s not surprising that this body type is known for being stubborn from time to time. That being said, ENTJs are often right most of the time.

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ENTJs in Relationships:

Although they can be some seriously passionate and delightfully romantic partners, ENTJs carry some hefty risks with them into their relationships.

The one that turns away potential lovers the most is their impulsiveness and the risk of them leaving the relationship on a whim. Nobody wants to live with a high probability of being unexpectedly left in the aftermath of a relationship with no answers, but with an ENTJ partner, you can’t be too sure.

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ENTJ relationships that last have some distinctive problems, too. In worst cases, ENTJ partners can be controlling and abusive to their significant others.

Other times, they’re too focused on work and their own success and neglect the relationship, leaving their partner feeling ignored and dissatisfied.

The good news is that ENTJs are incredibly attractive personalities with outgoing, friendly spirits that people always love. You guys are great partners for those who want to be part of a power couple, and may even become a mentor of your love interest. Many people will naturally be attracted to you

Finding a partner who can keep up with you, on the other hand, will be hard. Many may find you intimidating and will just either run away or try to tear you down. You will have to keep your guard up and reel your own advances in, since your aggressive tendencies may scare off good partners.

When it comes to your life as a partner, you tend to see yourself as personally responsible for your long-term relationship’s success. So, you’ll spend a lot of time ensuring your partner is happy. However, your stubbornness may actually drive your love away. So, if you can, try to meet halfway and remember that relationships are partnerships.

Are ENTJs good in bed?

ENTJs are not only intense in life but can also take their intensity into the bedroom.

On a surprising note though they are not always dominant and aggressive. ENTJs also like to take their time with sex.

Being able to focus on another being and enjoy the moment, is truly crucial for ENTJs when it comes to sex.

They are extremely giving lovers, but also need to feel like they matter for sexual interactions to prosper.

Can ENTJs fall in love?

Yes, though ENTJs believe emotions are a sign of weakness, they actually have a hard time with their own and struggle with trying to control how they feel.

It comes to many as a surprise when an ENTJ falls in love because they do so deeply. 

Best Careers for ENTJs

Obviously, ENTJs are drawn to leadership positions, especially if the position's job is to improve efficiency. They enjoy the challenge of solving difficult problems, understanding complex systems, determining where improvement is possible, and structure in their work.

Prime careers for ENTJS are Accounts, Auditors, Financial Analysts, Market Research Analysts, Convention planners, and Architects.

Famous ENTJ people you may know

1. Charlize Theron

2. Jim Carrey

3. Harrison Ford

4. Salma Hayek

5. George Clooney

6. Adele

7. Robert Downey Jr.

8. Jamie Foxx

9. Matt Damon

10. Quentin Tarantino

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Emily Van Devender is a freelance writer and Colorado native. When she’s not writing, Em enjoys live music, photography, and spending time outdoors.