Steve Jobs is well known for his keynote speeches, now often called the Stevenote. He knew how to command a room with gravitas. His words inspired his employees and the audience both.
“I want to put a ding in the universe,” he said. And he did just that.
Leaders like Steve Jobs display characteristics of an ENTJ personality type. On the MBTI personality assessment test, the ENTJ is the commander personality type.
Read on to learn more about the MBTI test and the ENTJ type and ENTJ traits.
The MBTI Personality Assessment Test
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a self-assessment-style personality test developed by Katharine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs-Myers. Katharine Briggs was inspired by Carl Jung’s theory on the spectrum of introversion and extraversion. As a result, they developed 16 personality types.
Each type, including the ENTJ personality type, is a four-letter abbreviation depicting the following traits:
- Extroversion (E)
- Sensing or Observant (S)
- Thinking (T)
- Intuitive (N)
- Judgment (J)
- Feeling (F)
- Perception or Prospecting (P)
- Introversion (I)
Famous ENTJ characters are Jim Carrey, Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Ramsay. The ENTJ personality type is extroverted (E), intuitive (N), thinking (T) and judging (J). They are natural-born leaders. They know how to command a room with their charismatic presence and draw people to them. ENTJ traits make people excellent leaders, politicians and speakers. They are the commander personality type, one of the rarest of the 16 types.
Qualities Of The ENTJ Personality Type
Some ENTJ characters in fiction are Doctor Strange, Miranda Priestly and Raymond Reddington (from The Blacklist). Each of these characters is in a leadership role. They are powerhouses who don’t let their weaknesses show.
Here are some qualities of the ENTJ personality type:
- The commander personality type loves a good challenge. They thrive in negotiations and they’re excellent at conflict resolution.
- ENTJ traits include being able to recognize the talent in others and this is what makes them true leaders.
- At the same time, they can sometimes be too harsh when giving feedback or highlighting someone’s weaknesses, which isn’t the most welcome trait in a leader.
- ENTJ characters are people who don’t appreciate emotional displays, they take them as a sign of weakness.
- It’s important for ENTJ characters to remind themselves of the benefits of having a team. Otherwise, they run the risk of ending up alone, working on everything by themselves.
An ENTJ personality type is quite explosive based on these qualities, which is probably why they make up only 3% of the entire population (according to official MBTI statistics).
Here are the strengths and weaknesses of an ENTJ:
Strengths of the ENTJ Personality Type
- They can be very efficient and at the same time, pull out those who are inefficient from their team or give them feedback to improve.
- A commander is as confident as can be, which is why they have the head of a leader.
- ENTJs are true go-getters. They don’t cower in the face of turbulence. Instead they steamroll their way through difficulties, going after their goals.
- As true leaders, they are good at strategy management and planning. They can manage a crisis with creative and robust solutions.
- What makes a leader well-respected is their charisma and the ability to inspire. They’re able to mobilize their people in a way that makes them stronger. They can encourage and motivate.
Weaknesses of the ENTJ Personality Type
- A leader can’t be a leader if there’s no one to lead. A commander personality can be too arrogant for their own good. They may criticize others to an extent that they completely lose them from their team (in a professional setting, for instance).
- ENTJs are impatient. If they’ve requested something, they need it immediately. Any delay will be chalked down to inefficiency.
- They run the risk of being overly harsh or critical of others, going so far as to demean them for expressing their emotions.
- If someone doesn’t meet their standards of quick-thinking, they’ll likely look down on them.
- Commanders will barrel through one way or another to meet their goals. This can make them seem cold and ruthless, especially if they’re working with others in a team.
A commander personality type is uncommon. They have to tread lightly between what’s okay and what’s not. Especially in a professional environment, they have to be respectful and empathetic of others rather than overlooking everything else for their goals.
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