If you’ve found this blog post, you probably already know which of the 16 personality types you are. But do you know your Enneagram type? If not, you should definitely check it out – there’s a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from this personality theory.
But even if you’re already familiar with the Enneagram, did you know that there’s a correlation between the 16 personality types and Enneagram?
While the 16 personalities model is more focused on how we interact with the world around us, the Enneagram framework delves deeper into our underlying motivations and basic fears.
So when you combine your 16 personalities type and your Enneagram type, you can get some even deeper insights into why you make decisions the way that you do or why you behave in certain ways.
Today, we’re going to take a look at how ENTJs relate to each of the nine Enneagram types. Keep reading for insights and tips on how to better understand yourself and others.
Which Enneagram types are most common among ENTJs?
According to a study conducted by Thought Catalog, the joint most common Enneagram type among ENTJs is Enneagram 8. This isn’t too surprising. Enneagram 8s are strong-willed, assertive, and direct. Plus, they’re independent and goal-oriented. These are the kind of ENTJs who are highly competitive and are always working towards a goal.
The other joint most common type among ENTJs is Enneagram 3. Again, this isn’t a surprise. Enneagram 3s are ambitious, motivated, and success-oriented. They like to be recognized and appreciated for their achievements. These are the kind of ENTJs who are always looking for ways to get ahead.
Anyway, let’s save some thoughts for later on in the post.
How each Enneagram type manifests in ENTJs
Let’s now take a look at how ENTJs differ depending on their Enneagram type.
ENTJ Enneagram 1
ENTJs who identify as Enneagram 1 are even more of a perfectionist than your typical ENTJ. They’re logical and level-headed, but they also have a strong sense of right and wrong. In addition, they tend to analyze decisions very carefully. They want to be seen as ‘good’ people, and they are deeply dedicated.
ENTJ Enneagram 1s are always striving for the best, and they are often able to concentrate for long periods of time. They are exceptionally dedicated, and they’re some of the hardest workers out there. In addition, they have a strong sense of self-control and are highly conscientious.
People of this type naturally pick up on inconsistencies and often have the desire to point them out or fix them. However, ENTJ Enneagram 1s are often hard on themselves and can benefit from learning to relax and go with the flow.
ENTJ Enneagram 2
This is a very rare Enneagram type for ENTJs. ENTJs who identify as Enneagram 2 are more people-oriented and have a softer edge than your typical ENTJ. While most ENTJs enjoy spending time with friends and family, they can be quite critical.
However, ENTJ Enneagram 2s have a more caring side. They’re always looking out for their loved ones, and they’re quick to lend a helping hand. While they might not be nurturing in a warm, stereotypical sense, they are highly intuitive, and they use this skill to pick up on other people’s needs. This comes from a place of genuinely wanting to help.
In general, people of the ENTJ personality type are known for their consistency, reliability, and trustworthiness. These traits are even more accentuated in ENTJ Enneagram 2s. They take pride in being someone who can be counted on. However, ENTJ Enneagram 2s can be manipulative at times.
ENTJ Enneagram 3
This is the joint most common Enneagram type for an ENTJ. ENTJs who identify as Enneagram 3 are even more driven and ambitious than your typical ENTJ. They’re always striving to be the best, and they’re even more competitive (if that’s possible!). ENTJ Enneagram 3s are charming people, and they are smooth when it comes to social interactions. They’re the kind of people who can talk their way into or out of anything.
ENTJ Enneagram 3s are quick thinkers, and they’re always looking for ways to improve. They’re never satisfied with mediocrity, and they push themselves to their limits. At times, they can be quite ruthless in their pursuit of success. They are natural leaders and are often very talented managers. ENTJ Enneagram 3s can find it hard to sit still, which is why they are always on the go.
In general, ENTJs are good at reading between the lines. They use this ability to pick up on social dynamics, and they can be very persuasive. In addition, they know how to work a room, and they are highly aware of people’s perceptions of them. This means that they can be quite image-conscious and concerned about what others think of them.
ENTJ Enneagram 4
ENTJ Enneagram 4s are more introspective and sensitive than your typical ENTJ. They’re also more self-aware and in touch with their emotions, which isn’t something that comes naturally to most ENTJs. Even ENTJ Enneagram 4s can struggle with this to some extent. This is why it’s a rare Enneagram type for ENTJs.
While most ENTJs are integrated into social groups, ENTJ Enneagram 4s can feel a little misunderstood, and they sometimes live with a sense of being ‘different’. They have a desire for self-expression and might find themselves drawn to the arts. This ties in with the fact that they are often more creative than your typical ENTJ.
ENTJ Enneagram 4s tend to be slightly more individualistic, which isn’t seen in many ENTJ Enneagram types. They often have a deep understanding of human nature and can be quite perceptive when it comes to other people’s emotions. However, their heightened awareness of their own emotions can make them susceptible to depression and anxiety.
ENTJ Enneagram 5
ENTJ Enneagram 5s tend to be more cerebral than your typical ENTJ. They’re highly intelligent, and they love to learn new things. In addition, they tend to make more calculated decisions, and they don’t have that impulsive streak that can be seen in some ENTJs.
People of this type are also quite independent and self-sufficient. In fact, ENTJ Enneagram 5s tend to be less extroverted, and they can find socializing more draining. They tend to need quite a reasonable amount of alone time to themselves so that they can think and process information. This type is often very good at problem-solving, and they’re quick thinkers.
ENTJs are naturally resourceful and intelligent people. In particular, ENTJ Enneagram 5s are excellent at analyzing information and data. In addition, they’re quick to notice inconsistencies that others might miss. However, they can be arrogant and condescending when they think they are right.
ENTJ Enneagram 6
ENTJ Enneagram 6s tend to be more anxious and uncertain than your typical ENTJ. Most ENTJs tend to take a decisive and deliberate approach to life — they have a certain confidence when making decisions. However, ENTJ Enneagram 6s are more cautious and risk-averse when it comes to decision-making and trying new things.
ENTJ Enneagram 6s are very loyal and protective of their loved ones. They’re the kind of people who would do anything for their family and friends. In fact, people of this type value loyalty above all else. In general, ENTJs take pride in sticking to their word, and ENTJ Enneagram 6s take this even more seriously. You can always count on them to follow through. They value being part of a group, and they often have a strong sense of community.
People of this type like to plan for multiple scenarios because they are very focused on safety and security. Fortunately, they have a natural ability to imagine different ways a situation might play in the future. However, they can need reassurance from others at times. They can also be prone to paranoia and worry. This means that they can be quite pessimistic.
ENTJ Enneagram 7
ENTJ Enneagram 7s are more enthusiastic and open to new experiences than your typical ENTJ. They enjoy starting new projects. While a lot of ENTJs can find it hard to relax, ENTJ Enneagram 7s don’t have as much of a problem with this. Ultimately, they need to be kept on their toes because they don’t cope well with boredom.
People of this type seek out adventure and stimulation. They love discussing novel ideas and concepts. In addition, they aren’t afraid to push boundaries, but they will stick to the rules! They take the view that it’s worth taking risks for new experiences. However, their rashness can cross over into the territory of being impulsive, which can sometimes get them into trouble.
ENTJs are known for their linear thought process, but ENTJ Enneagram 7s have a slightly more scattered approach. They’re always thinking about the next thing, and they can find it hard to focus on one task for too long. This can make them seem a little chaotic from the outside, but they are actually quite organized, and there is usually a method to their madness. People of this type often have many goals that they’re working towards at a given time.
ENTJ Enneagram 8
This is the joint most common Enneagram type for ENTJs. ENTJ Enneagram 8s are your typical ambitious, competitive ENTJs. They are assertive, direct, and aggressive, always striving to be the best. As a result, they have a tougher edge than other ENTJs, and they can come across as intimidating.
People of this type are also natural leaders who are quick to take charge. In addition, they’re very confident, and they have no problem speaking their mind. While most ENTJs are resourceful, ENTJ Enneagram 8s are especially so. They’re always looking for ways to get ahead, and they’re very driven.
However, their competitive nature can sometimes make them seem arrogant, and they can have a hard time losing. In addition, their drive to succeed can lead them to make rash decisions. But ENTJ Enneagram 8s are also quick-thinkers, and they’re very good at problem-solving on the fly.
ENTJ Enneagram 9
ENTJ Enneagram 9s are more easy-going and agreeable than your typical ENTJ. They’re peacemakers who strive to maintain harmony. In addition, they’re more comfortable letting others take the lead in some situations, which isn’t a trait that’s seen in many other ENTJ Enneagram types.
People of this type tend to be more patient and willing to compromise. While ENTJs aren’t easy-going in general, ENTJ Enneagram 9s are more adaptable. However, ENTJ Enneagram 9s can be very resistant to change because they can view it as a disruption to harmony.
ENTJs tend to be outgoing and dynamic. However, ENTJ Enneagram 9s are a little calmer. They are better able to read people, and they use these skills to mediate conflict when necessary. Ultimately, they like to maintain a sense of peace. As a result, they tend to be more diplomatic when resolving conflict.
Nuances between ENTJ Enneagram types
So there you have it, the nuances between ENTJs of different Enneagram types. While we have focused on the differences in this post, it’s important to remember that you’re still an ENTJ, first and foremost.
This means that you likely enjoy working towards a goal, and you’re focused on efficiency. There’s a good chance that you’ll also be confident, determined, and organized. However, your exact Enneagram type will play a role in how specific traits are expressed.
Particularly if you’re one of the less common ENTJ Enneagram types, we hope this post has provided insight into why you might not fit the stereotype of an ENTJ.
Final thoughts on ENTJ Enneagram types
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