When I started working here at Patrick Henry Family Services, one of our senior leaders had me take a personality test to help me get an understanding of what kind of person I am and how I fit into the company. It wasn’t a personal thing as she would do this with every employee. We all fit somewhere on this grid of 16 different personalities with each set having a different list of strengths and weaknesses.
I have done these kind of tests before but this was probably the most detailed test that I have participated in. It was different. I actually began gaining insight into who I was. The test helped me to understand some things about myself that I could not completely put a finger on before.
The test is based on the work of Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers and can be found by following this link. I encourage you to click on the link and take the test. You may not have ever even considered how important it is to know who you are. However, The Who thought it was important….
and that alone should be enough to get you interested. I mean, they REALLY want to know.
I am an ENTJ.
So, what does that mean? This is what the wonderful people over at Human Metrics had to say about it.
ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct. This may be expressed with the charm and finesse of a world leader or with the insensitivity of a cult leader. The ENTJ requires little encouragement to make a plan. One ENTJ put it this way… “I make these little plans that really don’t have any importance to anyone else, and then feel compelled to carry them out.” While “compelled” may not describe ENTJs as a group, nevertheless the bent to plan creatively and to make those plans reality is a common theme for NJ types.
World Leader or Cult Leader? Hmm…. what to choose? Anyways, it goes on to say….
ENTJs are often “larger than life” in describing their projects or proposals. This ability may be expressed as salesmanship, story-telling facility or stand-up comedy. In combination with the natural propensity for filibuster, our hero can make it very difficult for the customer to decline.
Larger than life? I don’t know about that but I do have the knack for talking people into agreeing with my ideas.
ENTJs are decisive. They see what needs to be done, and frequently assign roles to their fellows. Few other types can equal their ability to remain resolute in conflict, sending the valiant (and often leading the charge) into the mouth of hell. When challenged, the ENTJ may by reflex become argumentative. Alternatively (s)he may unleash an icy gaze that serves notice: the ENTJ is not one to be trifled with.
“Unequivocating” expresses the resoluteness of the ENTJ’s dominant function. Clarity of convictions endows these Thinkers with a knack for debate, or wanting knack, a penchant for argument. The light and heat generated by Thinking at the helm can be impressive; perhaps even overwhelming. Experience teaches many ENTJs that restraint may often be the better part of valor, lest one find oneself victorious but alone.
I had to LOL at this last section. When I was house parenting out in Illinois, there were a couple of residents who liked to debate with me on various issues. However, there was one in particular who just refused to get sucked into a debate with me. He went so far as saying that, “there was simply no way to win a debate with me.”
ENTJ Career ChoicesENTJs often find themselves in occupations that require good analytical and planning skills. ENTJs build successful careers in the areas requiring considerable organizational skills and intellectual efforts, presenting a challenge, and calling for creativity. They are greatly represented in technological and management consulting companies among engineers and developers, and among high- and mid-rank managers. They are also able to realize their potential in start-ups where they often fulfill management positions or take responsibility for the whole project.
ENTJ Communication Skills
ENTJs respect and maintain the manners and order accepted in their circle. They may often come across as demanding, but as a rule, not when it comes to minor issues. ENTJs are ready to share their opinion with those around them and to find out theirs. At the same time, they often strive to ensure that their opinion be the one recognized as the right one. Their objective, business-like, confident and at times bossy conversation style can be upsetting to people of a more feeling type or result in counteraction on the part of others who are also disposed toward leadership.
ENTJs can encounter difficulties when communication requires finer soft skills, such as being very tactful or particularly patient, or involves the finer feelings of the soul. The topics of love or lyric poetry can fail to elicit a strong emotional response in them. At the same time, they often take an active part at events or gatherings related to expressions of feelings, for instance, in organizing charity or other public events.
ENTJs usually have a large social circle including their friends, colleagues, and contacts made at parties, gatherings, during time off work or entertainment events they might be attending.
Business communication of ENTJs tends to be pretty intense. Their colleagues (or others who work in the same field) often find it important or necessary to get their authoritative and/or expert opinion on professional subjects. For ENTJs, communication usually includes opinions, ideas, discussing organizational management aspects and practical solutions.
So, there is that. Me in a nutshell.
The site went so far as to even list celebrities that are like me….
Famous ENTJsExtraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Richard M. Nixon
Lamar Alexander (US Senator)
Les Aspen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Candace Bergen (Murphy Brown)
Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask)
Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff
Benny Goodman, “Big Band” leader
Al Gore (U.S Vice President, 1993-2001)
General Norman Schwarzkopf
Patrick Stewart (STNG: Jean Luc Picard)
Robert James Waller (author: The Bridges of Madison County)
If I could take Jim Carrey & Richard Nixon off this list, it would be so much better.
Anyways, this is who I am. Many of these things were floating around in my brain for the first 40 years of my life as things that I knew about myself but really didn’t know how to apply them. Can you relate? Take the test, see what it helps you to understand about yourself. Find out who you are before you dive in to your next career move.
Then, comment below. I would love to have a conversation with you about what you learned.
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