If there is one word that can sum up an ENTJ personality it would be “leader” or “mobilizer”. This type of personality comes with good and bad traits, which combine to create either a good or bad leader, depending on whether strengths or weaknesses are nurtured. On a positive note, ENTJs are achievers and persistent, helping them to thrive on a professional level. Unfortunately, they can be self-centered, but only because they have the knowledge and skills to show for it.
They are practical and analytical. Charismatic and problem-solvers. Put importance on logic over emotions. Focus on the bigger picture over small details. Concentrate on future results over the immediate ones. Draws energy from challenges. Cold and ruthless, especially to people who are sensitive.
To gain a better understanding of ENTJ personality, let us take a look at some of the famous ENTJs.
1. Bill Gates
Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? The 1% of the world certainly does, considering that he has been on the top 2 of Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires, slipping at number 2 at one time, only to regain the number 1 spot the next year. His ENTJ personality is evident in his remarkable vision and foresight of the impact that Microsoft will have on him and the rest of the world. He also has a keen business sense, which is why he is one of the richest men alive. He has not lost grip of his game as well. But, like a true ENTJ, Bill Gates is intimidating and controlling.
2. Steve Jobs
What are the odds that the two most prominent and renowned leaders of Silicone Valley share the same personality? Quite high, to be honest, considering what colleagues say about them. Steve Jobs, in particular, is known for his brilliant ideas, but poor in dealing with people, especially on an emotional level. Others, however, would not consider him to be an ENTJ, especially after Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said that he can advocate something passionately one day, and then advocate passionately the opposite the next day.
3. Margaret Thatcher
The “Iron Lady” definitely falls under the ENTJ type for the simple reason that she was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and was re-elected thrice in office. You can just imagine the kind of leader she is. But a real indicator of her personality is her uncompromising personality and frank conservative views. Suffice to say that she rules with an iron fist that, surely, an Iron Lady must have. If not for her ability to make tough decisions, she would not have succeeded in bringing about a major change in Britain’s economy.
4. Nancy Pelosi
Born Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi is the incumbent Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She has something in common with Margaret Thatcher, what with her being the only woman to have served as the House Speaker. She’s also the highest ranking female politician in the history of America, and 26th on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
This says a lot about her leadership qualities, but most especially about her strong and sharp public speaking skills, something all ENTJs are known to possess. Combined with strong will, there is little doubt that Nancy Pelosi is an influential ENTJ figure.
5. Barack Obama
The President of the United States had been faced with many challenges and criticisms, but he always manages to rise above them, which is an indicator of his personality. But the true stamp of him being an ENTJ is his penchant for setting lofty goals, some of which are too lofty by anyone’s standards. Case in point: his goal to end the war in Afghanistan and to pass the health care reform. And he saw his vision through because of the planning and preparation he put into achieving his goals. He definitely fits the bill of being an ENTJ given his leadership skills and efficiency.
6. Napoleon Bonaparte
Despite his diminutive stature, Napoleon Bonaparte has a towering influence, which is a true indicator of his ENTJ personality. He rallied thousands of men to fight for him on the battlefield where he won some and lost some. Before he became Emperor of the French, he was no more than an outsider. But with a vision of an independent Corsica, his native land, burning bright and strong in his heart, he read about military tactics and strategies, absorbing them like sponge to water. It is with this single-minded determination that made him a famous leader. The Duke of Wellington even claimed Bonaparte was worth forty thousand men on the battlefield. This leaves little doubt of his being an ENTJ.
7. Charlize Theron
This model, actress, producer and philanthropist from South Africa has been known to speak her mind and take charge in any situation. Charlize Theron’s love for being in control shows her true ENTJ personality, coupled with her belief in speaking out made her a great actress renowned for excelling in her craft. In fact, it was her desire to voice her views in public that made her decide to become an actress, where she has more opportunities to share her opinion and ideas. Recognizing her charisma and ability to inspire others, she became the United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2009.
Even if some of the famous ENTJs are celebrities, they are leaders in their own right. This leaves little doubt why ENTJ personalities are summed up as “leader”, and in some context “The Commander”.
Do you think you can be like any of these famous ENTJ personalities, considering that you share the same traits? To succeed, it is important that you nurture your strengths, because ENTJ weaknesses are quite negative, with the power to be your undoing. So make sure you feed your strong points, but face your weak ones. You should also work to be accountable for your action, show respect for others, and feed your need for intellectual compatibility.