Linking ‘type’ and ‘careers’ would be easy if it was just about listing specific jobs that perfectly fit specific personalities. However in truth it is more difficult than that as ignores other, more important issues, such as the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title. Also individual jobs vary widely from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. Therefore our focus on ‘type’ and ‘careers’ will be far more on you: your personality, your aptitudes, interests, likes, strengths and weaknesses and then matching these to the sorts of environments, cultures and norms within organisations that will allow you, given your character, to thrive grow and flourish. We spend a lot of our time at work and so it is important to get these issues right or we could spend a lot of working time unhappy, unproductive and unfulfilled.
ENTJs like to take the lead on things, naturally take charge and wanting to lead from the front. This does not mean that they can’t delegate or bring others in but they will want to be involved and will happily confront, challenge and cajole to make sure things get done. They will take such a personal interest in their company, department or team and will want to be hands-on when required. There is a matriarchal/patriarchal nature to the ENTJ, which will see them praise and admonish in equal measure. They create, and excel in, performance driven environments where people want to succeed. The ENTJ feels the need to verbalise their thinking and often their feelings so that no-one is any doubt what’s on their minds. An ENTJ will want to devise long-range plans and ensure everyone is crystal clear on the direction. Others may disagree with that direction, but no-one will be in any doubt where the future lies. This can, at times, make the ENTJ appear confrontational and overly dominant. However, the best way to resolve this would be to challenge back as ENTJs see robust debate as the best way of settling things. ENTJs love a challenge and getting right into the thick of things and will be super organisers: of people, or projects, of time, ensuring that what has been agreed is delivered on time and exactly as planned.
The jump in and take charge style of the ENTJ ensures that things get done. They have super long-range vision and will devise comprehensive plans plan to make sure everything stays on track. However this means they may at time steamroller people in their desire to get on and complete. They are relentless in their drive for closure and this can leave those who are a little slower, or who do not like extreme robust debate, reeling in their wake. Being slowed down can frustrate the ENTJ who will become impatient and in such circumstances may ‘go it alone’ without consulting or involving other people and become task obsessed at the expense of the people side. ENTJs also prefer the intellectual pursuit and so may struggle with those who don't quite ‘get’ it first time around. This is not because of being rude, just impatience to agree then get it done. Tact and diplomacy are not necessarily their strong points and ENTJs might be overly direct at times which can cause debris. Often ENTJs make the assumption that everyone else is a robust as they are and that other people have the same pace and action orientation and this can, at times, make the judgmental of others. They are also difficult to move off the ball once they have started their run at goal and it would take an almighty tackle to push them off-track.
Best ENTJ work environments
ENTJs are built to lead and organise and would thrive in a more robust, action-oriented environment where long range planning and drive for closure are valued. They prefer working with like-minded people who want to be rewarded for contribution and achievement and who enjoy the challenge. It is difficult to have an ENTJ in a more ‘subordinate’ position and so organisations where they value stability, consensus and predictability would not be for them. They need freedom and space to act, and boy they will act and in many respects it is best to give them that freedom then just check every so often as the ENTJ becomes frustrated with rules, regulations and ‘the way things have always been done round here.’ The want to change things, build things, improve things, get things done and they have the confidence, ability and drive to make seemingly impossible things happen. They want to work hard and be recognised for doing so and they want to improve everything: the organisation, the team and mostly themselves and they will have no problem tumbling down the old traditions and bringing in the new.
Worst ENTJ work environments
Being told what to do and how to do it, having to follow rules regulations and policies and repeating the same procedures over and over would not be an environment in which the ENTJ would thrive. Things have to make logical sense to them and they are happy to vocalise their thoughts and engage in robust, heated debate to find the best way forward and so quieter organisations where much time is spent on consultation and consensus would not bring out the best in them. They like to make their own minds up, looking far into the future to consider and ‘what might be,’ rather than ‘what is’ and then being free to devise plans in relentless pursuit of the goal. Very little will hold the ENTJ back and so a slow-paced culture, that rewards tenure or past successes would not be for them. The ENTJ likes to tell it like it is and so an open environment which values feedback and openness and is not afraid to be critical would be far better than one where everyone keeps their heads down. ENTJs need headroom to expand and improve and anything that constrains them will be seen as preventing progress and the ENTJ needs to see progress.
Best ENTJ careers
ENTJs are natural organisers and built to lead, from the front. They tend to be superb at seeing what needs to be done, coming up with genuinely radical plans to achieve it and then pulling everyone along with them in a relentless charge towards the endgame. They make great system builders, planners and it is no surprise that a type that makes up only a small proportion of the general population makes up an extremely disproportionate percentage of leaders: they tend to have the confidence, drive, energy and ability to see what needs done and make sure it gets done.