Myers-Briggs ENTJ Personality Type and Innovation

In Blogs, Innovation, MBTI, Personality Type by Taylor Micaela

Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can tell you more than just your base characteristics; it can also identify the areas of innovation and the creative processes that you work best with. Learning about your MBTI assessment type can help you position yourself in the best place for innovative success. This week, for our final blog post in our three part series including The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator 16 Personality Types and innovation, emotional intelligence and project management, we will discuss how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Intuition (ENTJ) types best innovate.

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Following this week’s blog post on innovation, we will continue our informational blogs with Leadership Styles and The Myers-Briggs® 16 Personality Types. Continue to return to our blog to learn about your leadership qualities and those of your co-workers, employees, friends and others as we shall delve deep into this topic and it is sure to be an interesting venture.

Innovation can be defined as “the implementation of ideas.” (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP) Because the term “implementation” can refer to so many different facets of the creative process – such as idea generation, plan and timeline formation for the development of the idea, and execution of the idea – a person’s MBTI Test type may find the most success at certain stages of the innovation process. ENTJ’s, for example, often excel in the decision phase of the innovative process, deciding on the path that must be taken in order to reach a common goal. Creativity and logic are often both at the forefront of a Myers Briggs ENTJ’s mind, and they always expect their decisions and innovations to come to fruition, rather than just remain an idea. Their logical mind can identify patterns in the world, helping them understand how things work (or don’t work) and what can be done to make them better. (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP)

MBTI ENTJ personality types love a good challenge, which merely stimulates their creativity further. When it comes to the types of innovation that ENTJ’s often focus on, interconnectivity between people and making something physical out of an idea are both priorities. They believe that the ideas and innovations that they create have the potential to change the world, and they take great pride in their ability to do so. Similar to this, ENTJ’s often view their innovations in terms of the bigger picture impact that they may cause. (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP)

Although they are both creative and logical beings, ENTJ’s can occasionally fall short in innovation if they allow certain details to slip through the cracks. For example, ENTJ’s can become so focused on their own innovative process that they fail to appreciate and/or listen to the thoughts and ideas of others – even though they do some of their best work when brainstorming with their peers. This can also become a problem if conflict arises in the innovative group, as ENTJ’s will find themselves irritated that time is being wasted on personal issues. (Killen and Williams, 2009, CPP)

These issues can be avoided through understanding and self-awareness on both the ENTJ’s and their peers’ part. For example, ENTJ’s should be open minded to outside ideas and other ways of approaching things before making their decisions, and others can help them stick to the innovative task at hand by dealing with conflict or other obstacles in time with the already developed timeline. By taking the time to compromise their thoughts or usual habits for the sake of the innovation’s success, ENTJ’s can become even more efficient and creative innovators.

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Introduction to Type and Innovation. (Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, 2009, CPP Inc.)

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