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ENTJ: So Ambitious

ENTJ personality type in a nutshell

ENTJs project an air of confidence and authority that draws people in. They are motivated individuals who work hard to achieve their goals. ENTJs are determined and decisive. These traits, with a healthy dose of charisma, make them natural-born leaders.

ENTJs can often foresee how scenarios will play out and they have an almost magical ability for visualizing how resources can be used most efficiently. Both of these skills help them craft strategic visionary plans for the future. ENTJs are certainly not idle dreamers though. With their ambition and decisiveness, they’re masters of getting things done and putting plans into action, often welcoming external organizational markers such as lists and timelines.

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” 

Henry Russell “Red” Sanders

ENTJs are some of the best problem solvers and they are skilled at bringing people together to work towards a common goal. With a preference for focusing on the big picture, they can often see whether someone will fit into their broader plan within minutes of being introduced, be it in a work or relationship sense. However, they can sometimes jump to conclusions.

Famous ENTJs

  1. George Clooney: George Clooney works hard and makes strategic decisions to better his career, which is typical of ENTJs.
  2. Simon Cowell: Simon Cowell is decisive, strategic and charismatic. He is also ruthless, just like ENTJs can be in certain situations.
  3. Barbara Streisand: Barbra Streisand is strong-willed and assertive. She isn’t one to keep her opinions to herself and she’s worked hard throughout her career.

Best matches

ENTJ personality type relationships

When it comes to relationships, ENTJs apply the exceptionally high standards they hold for themselves to potential partners. If someone doesn’t live up to these ideals, ENTJs don’t find it difficult to end a relationship. The realm of irrational emotions doesn’t always come naturally to people of the ENTJ personality type, but fortunately they aren’t ones to shy away from a challenge and they’ll be prepared to put in the effort to work things out for the right person.

ENTJs are most compatible with partners who are trustworthy and easy-going. So which types are the best matches for an ENTJ? INFPs and INTPs are the best personality matches for ENTJs. You can read our complete guide to ENTJ compatibility to learn more.

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ENTJs are inspiring natural leaders who draw people in.
ENTJs trust their intellect and intuition, which makes them certain in their decisions.
ENTJs manage to keep the bigger picture in mind when navigating situations.
ENTJs pride themselves on their efficiency and ability to achieve their goals.


ENTJs are sometimes uncompromising and closed to new perspectives.
ENTJs want to accomplish everything quickly and this can lead to impatience.
ENTJs can be so focused on a goal that they disregard emotions.
ENTJs have high standards in all areas of their lives and can be judgmental.

The meaning of ENTJ

So what is the meaning of ENTJ? ENTJ is one of the 16 personality types. It stands for Extroversion, iNtuition, Thinking and Judging. Each letter represents certain personality characteristics:

  1. Extroversion means that they direct their energy to the outer world.
  2. iNtuition means that they focus on concepts and abstract theories.
  3. Thinking means that they primarily make decisions based on logic.
  4. Judging means that they prefer to live their life in a structured and organized way.

At So Syncd, we call ENTJs ‘So Ambitious’ because of their unmatched drive and determination. They are also known as The Commander, The Strategist and The Field Marshal.

If you want to delve deeper into what it means to be an ENTJ, check out our post about ENTJ cognitive functions.

ENTJ personality type characteristics

ENTJs are highly rational and are able to remain focused, which enables them to achieve a lot in a short space of time. In fact, there’s nothing that people of the ENTJ personality type love more than a good challenge and they often have a deep confidence in their abilities. ENTJs are always looking for deeper meanings behind things.

ENTJs are direct and decisive. With their sharp mind, they can process large amounts of information quickly and they concentrate on the facts. They are often quick at coming to conclusions because once a decision has been made, they can move on to the next task. ENTJs are overrepresented in positions of leadership. When it comes to business, they are often tough negotiators.


Efficiency is important to people of the ENTJ personality type. They’ve got goals to achieve, people to see and a long list of other activities to get on with, so they just don’t have time to beat around the bush. They can get frustrated if they feel like someone is wasting their time.

ENTJs value learning and personal development. They aim to reach their true potential in all areas of their life, not just in their career. As a result, ENTJs need to feel like they’re constantly moving forward and it’s typical for people of this personality type to read books about self-improvement. With their goal-oriented nature, they see personal development as an investment in the future.

The paradox of the ENTJ

ENTJs are methodical but adaptable. As one of the most organized personality types, they feel most comfortable with structure in their life. Having a routine can improve efficiency, and that alone is a good enough reason for an ENTJ. Plus, schedules can help ENTJs strategically plan.

However, ENTJs are also adaptable. They are quick to respond new information and, although they might not enjoy unexpected changes, they will shift their course of action if they think it’s the right thing to do. Typically they’ll have a backup plan (or three!) prepared anyway.

Are ENTJs rare?

ENTJs are the 2nd rarest personality type. They make up:
1. 2% of the general population.
2. 1% of the female population.
3. 3% of the male population.

Female ENTJs

Female ENTJs are dynamic, action-oriented and sharp individuals. They often feel misunderstood in some ways because, as highly rational women, they don’t fit society’s gender stereotypes. It isn’t always obvious at first, but female ENTJs are extremely generous and they will go above and beyond to help their loved ones achieve their goals.

Male ENTJs

Male ENTJs are driven and intelligent. But they also know how to have fun. Male ENTJs aren’t afraid to take risks, but these risks will always be carefully calculated. When a male ENTJ decides they want something, there’s no stopping them and they are usually comfortable making the first move.

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