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In March, I started discussing some of the benefits of using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in the office. Today, we’ll take a look at another NT personality type: the INTJ.

What does it stand for?

INTJ stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. Almost all of these letters are shared with our previous type, the ENTJ. Here’s what each letter means:

  • Introverts regain energy when they’re alone. They tend to work well in small groups or on their own.
  • iNtuitives can imagine complex systems and theories rooted in “what-ifs”.
  • Thinkers take in new information through the lens of logic. They will always try to make new ideas fit within their factual worldview.
  • Judgers appreciate a structured environment and a standard routine.

What is this type like?

When we recently talked about ENTJs, we mentioned they’re often portrayed as villainous masterminds. INTJs are even more so, but they have a huge difference. ENTJs are the Generals leading their troops into battle, while INTJs stay at base calling the shots. INTJs are the people who will find a process that works and delegate tasks to those who would complete them quickly and correctly.

How do they work?

INTJs work best alone, on difficult projects that others struggle to solve. Interrupt an INTJ in thought and you may receive an icy reaction. There is no malicious intent behind this; the INTJ is simply focused on their work and does not have time (or the natural demeanor) to transform into a friendlier version of themselves. When left alone, INTJs can operate in record time, and they are frequently top producers in their office.

How should you manage them?

INTJs should be left to their own devices, as micromanaging will only infuriate them. Managers may need to have discussions about acceptable workplace demeanor, but overall, they will find that INTJs mean no harm. Furthermore, INTJs should be called upon to help brainstorm new processes for efficiency and creativity. Although INTJs are masters at workflow, they are also inventive. On top of that, they are unafraid to speak their mind when they believe an idea will not work. If you need someone to give you the truth, tap into an INTJ for their opinion. Just make sure to do it on their time.

INTJs are often considered the most intimidating type, due to their cold exterior. Deep down, though, they just want to learn and do their best. Consider yourself lucky if you have an INTJ on staff. Utilize them correctly and you’ll have the most efficient workplace around.