Myers Briggs (MBTI) Test ENTJ Personality Type Communication Strategy in The Workplace

Geeta AnejaCommunication and Type, ENTJ, MBTI

 

What you will learn from this Blog Post

Streamlining your organization’s communication can drastically improve workplace culture, employee morale, and above all, productivity and efficiency. While many may consider miscommunications or misunderstandings an unavoidable byproduct of the highly collaborative environments in which most people find themselves working today, Dunning (2003) links Myers-Briggs® Personality Types to communication styles and explores how these insights can be applied to the modern workplace and ultimately yield measurable results. This post considers ENTJs’ communicative tendencies in the workplace and explores how their managers and co-workers can communicate with them more effectively.

MBTI ENTJ Types at Their Best

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Dunning (2003) writes that ENTJs (Extraverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) personality types are “insightful expeditors” – they are highly logical and goal-oriented, skilled at breaking complex problems into intermediate steps, but they also focus on improving systems to optimize their functionality. Being able to balance these two integral and complex foci makes ENTJs essential to any team, since they are able to synthesize large amounts of information pertaining to different projects simultaneously. Their energy is seemingly boundless, and they often spring to action, and enjoy being in leadership positions where this initiative is encouraged and fostered.

How to Relate to an ENTJ in The Workplace

In order to be at their best, ENTJs need to be given precise, clear expectations as well as the rationale behind those expectations. Once they are given these tools to orient themselves and a final objective or “destination” they need to be given space and flexibility to work. They can be trusted to achieve their goals, but need to be able to do so without outside interference. While this independence can be useful and inspiring, it also means that ENTJs can come across as overly controlling—as Dunning (2003) observes, they would rather “take control and direct rather than encourage or motivate” (p. 44). They also tend to get impatient if they need to pause to explain details to others, or if others are performing below expectations. They see errors or incompetence as inefficiencies that have yet to be optimized. That said, ENTJs do value the contributions of others, particularly if they further progress towards the team’s objectives.

How to Communicate and Handle an ENTJ at The Workplace

Whether an ENTJ individual is your employee, supervisor, manager or peer, when communicating with ENTJs, precision and accuracy are of the utmost importance. Frequent vacillations are not only frustrating for everyone involved, but will also make ENTJs lose respect and patience. Furthermore, in order to follow instructions effectively ENTJs need to understand not only what their assignments and expectations are, but also additional constraints that may affect their strategies for achieving their goals. Otherwise, they may find later on that an optimal solution will not work for a reason of which they were unaware. Third, focus on long-term planning, including final and intermediate deadlines that can be used as benchmarks, and be open to suggestions that may streamline the process to getting there. ENTJs value deadlines and being able to adhere to a timeline, providing that it is realistic and that others are equally dedicated to maintaining it. Finally, be ready for questions. ENTJs often ask questions as a way of clarifying misunderstandings, anticipating difficulties, and gaining a more robust understanding of the situation as a whole. However, remember that ENTJs value efficiency and independence very highly. Therefore, be careful to avoid sharing unnecessary details or irrelevant facts, and be as structured as possible when presenting information.

Are You an ENTJ? Here are Some Workplace Tips for You:

If you are an ENTJ yourself, recall that others may communicate differently from you and may have different strengths and challenges. Be patient and try to see what each person’s contributions are to the organization’s goals. Investing just a bit of time and a few resources into increasing individuals’ awareness of communication in the workplace can greatly improve the functioning of a team and ultimately make it function more efficiently. People should not only become more conscious of how they speak themselves, but also how to listen more effectively to others. Giving a little bit more now can go a long way towards building a better workplace environment for everyone.

Reference

  1. Introduction to Type and Communication. (Dunning, D. CPP, 2003)

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