The MBTI® Test ENTJ Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

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An individual’s emotional intelligence varies based on their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type. Depending on your MBTI Test Type, you may have different methods or ways of dealing with and processing emotions (both your own and others’ emotions). Therefore, learning more about your MBTI Personality Type’s emotional intelligence can help you develop these tendencies and, if necessary, alter your behavior to work toward becoming a more emotionally intelligent individual. This week, we’ll dive into the emotional intelligence of Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Intuition (ENTJ) types.

To begin, we will define emotional intelligence as “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP) ENTJ Types are realistic individuals, often seeing things as they are without reading too much into them. They often examine any given situation on a base level, and may not fully understand the emotional value of a situation if it seems unimportant to them. They are incredibly ambitious, and often like this fact to be known—as in, they don’t hide their competitive natures or aspiring drives from those around them. They are fairly innovative and creative, and enjoy developing abstract issues and finding solutions for problems. Because they are always looking for the next big idea or thing to do, ENTJ Types can often become insensitive to others if they are on a different emotional level at the time. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

ENTJ Personality Types  are also extremely confident in their abilities, and can often choose a more independent path to success if others don’t feel the same way about themselves. Their ideas of emotions are concrete and predetermined, and they often don’t view emotional situations with the same sympathetic nature as others. They aren’t always aware of the meaning of social cues, but they do understand when they occur—they just aren’t sure of how to react to them. Their committed nature often only extends to their work and not so much to their peers or relationships. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Although incredibly driven and intelligent, there are certain actions that ENTJ Types should take in order to augment their emotional intelligence. For example, discovering how their own emotions direct their behavior and actions is extremely important for an ENTJ Type’s personal emotional growth, as it will allow them to put themselves in another’s shoes when one of their peers is feeling similarly. Furthermore, investing some of their time into the feelings of others and learning to empathize with them will greatly impact their emotional intelligence for the better, allowing them to connect with others on a more personal level. In this way, they should also learn to become more open with their own feelings, so that they can receive sympathy and understanding from their peers as well. If ENTJ Types are able to put their ambitions on the backburner just long enough to connect with others and share in an exchange of emotions and feelings, their emotional intelligence will be greatly improved and they will become more understanding, likeable individuals. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Learn More About the MBTI ENTJ Personality Type


Introduction To Type® and Emotional Intelligence. (Pearman, R. CPP, 2002)

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