In March, I started discussing some of the benefits of using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in the office. Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into a new family of four types: the NTs. First, we’ll start with a stand-out type, the ENTJ.
What does it stand for?
ENTJ stands for Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. Some of these components are shared with the ESTJ. Here’s a quick summary of each word’s meaning:
- Extraverts gain energy by being around other people. They thrive in collaborative environments.
- iNtuitives are theorists at heart. They are able to imagine complex realities before the pieces are in place.
- Thinkers process sensory data through an analytical filter. Their belief system is built around what is “right” and logical, versus what feels best.
- Judgers work best in a structured environment and have an aptitude for orderliness.
What is this type like?
ENTJs are one of two types you’ll often see as the villains in fiction (the other being the INTJ). In reality, ENTJs are experts at planning complex systems and following through with them. You’ll often see ENTJs in high-level positions of authority, simply because they get the job done and are able to rally others behind them.
How do they work?
ENTJs work well when they can lead projects and delegate tasks for others to do. This, however, is where managers should tread lightly. If an ENTJ does not see their peers as equals, they can tend toward arrogance and condescension. However, if you need a team of high-achievers to tackle a tough project, the ENTJ will appreciate being part of a team with equally talented individuals.
How should you manage them?
ENTJs do not like being talked down to, and they quickly become bored by the daily routine. Try to give ENTJs tough and complex problems to solve as often as you can. You will be amazed at how quickly they can identify each moving part and put it into place. Likewise, pairing new high-achievers with experienced ENTJs is a great way for them to flex their leadership muscles in a positive way. Just keep in mind that ENTJs have a zero-tolerance policy for laziness and inability. Placing them with struggling employees will only infuriate them, and you will certainly know about it.
ENTJs can be a valuable type to have on your team, if they’re in the right position. As with any type, you should be cognizant of their strengths and weaknesses in order to provide the best work environment possible.