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ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T Subtypes Characteristics, Differences, and Trait Analysis

The ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T subtypes stem from the main ENTJ “Commander” personality type. Our trait analysis of ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T subtype characteristics provides deeper insight into the Commander’s distinct facets. ENTJ is one of the sixteen personalities under the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). ENTJ types show dominant functions for Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. ENTJ Commanders are bold, hard-working people with an iron will, but identifiable characteristic groupings within the ENTJ personality form distinct subtypes.

ENTJ Subtypes

The ENTJ personality type breaks down into the two main ENTJ-A (Assertive) and ENTJ-T (Turbulent) subtypes. Looking at the ENTJ personality through an analysis of behavioral psychology, we have documented the overarching type of the Commander (ENTJ) Personality and Characteristics, Social Skills, and how ENTJ traits differ within each subtype. ENTJ is generally a naturally extroverted personality type noted in great strategic leaders but differs among its subtypes.

Each of the ENTJ subtypes shares the same base characteristics, but different dominant functions account for the presence of the ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T subtypes. Furthermore, within the -A and -T types, five additional subtypes are either ENTJ-A or ENTJ-T derivatives. The ENTJ-A Mastermind subtype is the most common ENTJ subtype among men and women. Out of all the ENTJ subtypes, the Assertive Mastermind also most closely aligns with the dominant Commander traits.

Below are the five ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T subtypes.

  • Sage ENTJ Subtype: Sage ENTJs are calm, intuitive characters who approach things thoughtfully and respectfully. The Sage’s strengths include their hardworking attitude and insightful nature. The ENTJ sage’s weakness is their tendency to self-sabotage themselves. Sage ENTJs align with the main ENTJ-T subtype because of their quiet and more introspective nature.
  • Scientist ENTJ Subtype: Scientist ENTJs love structure and approach their life in a very diligent fashion. The core strength of the Scientist ENTJ is their methodical approach to life. Scientist ENTJs prefer logic and reasoning above emotional thought. A weakness of the Scientist is that they’re confrontational because their extroverted nature manifests as a desire for combative control. Scientist ENTJs are confident and forthright, which corresponds to the ENTJ-A subtype.
  • Creator ENTJ Subtype: Creator ENJTs are open-minded innovators. The main strength of the Creator is their imagination. A core weakness of Creators is they’re sometimes pessimistic and easily get stuck in a cycle of negative thought processes. Creator ENTJs are more emotionally vulnerable than other Commander subtypes and, as such, categorize as a Turbulent ENTJ subtype.
  • Achiever ENTJ Subtype: Achiever ENTJs are go-getters with unbridled energy. The main strength of Achiever ENTJs is their goal-oriented focus. A core weakness of the Achiever subtype is that they’re sometimes unprincipled and justify any action needed in order to achieve their personal goals. Achievers are bold and dominant personalities who correspond most closely to the ENTJ-A subtype.
  • Mastermind ENTJ Subtype: Mastermind ENTJs are confident leaders. The primary strength of the Mastermind subtype is their willingness to stand up and take charge of a situation. A core weakness of the ENTJ mastermind subtype is that they tend to become bossy and controlling. Masterminds are part of the Assertive ENTJ subtype due to their bold and confident character.

What are the main subtypes of ENTJ?

The main subtypes of ENTJ are ENTJ-A (Assertive) and ENTJ-T (Turbulent). Assertive ENTJs are self-confident, focused, and less likely to be negatively affected by stressful situations. Turbulent ENTJs are conversely more emotional and less confident characters who are more susceptible to stress and negative emotions.

There is no dedicated ENTJ subtype test to differentiate between the main Assertive and Turbulent subtypes or the five additional subtypes. However, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test identifies your main subtype while determining your overarching personality type.

What is the ENTJ-A (Assertive) main subtype?

The main ENTJ-A (Assertive) subtype is the bolder of the two ENTJ subtypes. The ENTJ-A subtypes are all confident characters who know what they want and focus on their goals, often achieving them at any cost. Assertive ENTJs have a level of confidence that extends into all walks of life. Assertive ENTJs are therefore more likely to thrive in managerial positions in the workplace.

The Assertive Commander is more likely to be well dressed and carry themselves confidently than their Turbulent counterparts. ENTJ-A subtypes are generally focused, goal-oriented, and likely to approach all areas of their lives with determination. Whether in the workplace, with friends, or in an ENTJ-A’s family life, everything is likely planned and accounted for. There is little room for spontaneous action in the life of an ENTJ-A subtype.

Assertive Commanders exhibit additional differences from Turbulent Commanders. For example, ENTJ-A types are more responsible with their money and less likely to spend it on frivolous or non-essential items. Romantically, Assertive ENTJ are less in tune with their emotions and as such struggle to form meaningful relationships with people. Out of the two main subtypes, Assertive Commanders are generally more sexually conservative and quicker to settle down with one long-term partner.

What are the key characteristics of ENTJ-A?

Below are the five key characteristics of the ENTJ-A subtype.

  • Optimism
  • Abrasiveness
  • Ambition
  • Determination
  • Boldness

The most prominent characteristics observed across all ENTJ-A subtypes include their ambitious, goal-oriented nature and their occasionally abrasive personality. Abrasiveness and ambition are common ENTJ identifiers on the MBTI, but they are more pronounced in Assertive Commanders.

ENTJ-As are go-getters who, once they set their sights on a goal or ambition, will make sure they accomplish it. The Assertive Commander’s abrasive nature is a natural consequence of their drive and focused approach to life.

What is the ENTJ-T (Turbulent) main subtype?

The main ENTJ-T (Turbulent) subtype is the more reserved and self-conscious of the two ENTJ subtypes. The ENTJ-T subtypes all share a similar fragility regarding their self-confidence. Turbulent ENTJs are more introspective, preferring thought over action. ENTJ-Ts are therefore less likely to take leadership roles, but their thoughtful nature allows them to thrive in the workplace.

Compared to their Assertive counterparts, ENTJ-Ts are usually shyer and have increased sensitivity to stress and negative emotions. As a result, Turbulent ENTJs are likely to stay single and suffer from stress-related health conditions. On the other hand, Turbulent Commanders are more expressive in their personal lives than Assertive Commanders. An ENTJ-T’s family life, friendships, and romantic relationships are based on deep emotions and connections. These relationships are important to ENTJ-Ts because they care about what people think of them. As such, ENTJ-T subtypes are generally more communicative and sexually adventurous, having multiple partners before they settle down. Turbulent Commanders are also more likely to be spontaneous and frivolous with their money, living by a more thrill-based ideology.

What are the key characteristics of ENTJ-T?

Below are five key characteristics of the ENTJ-T subtype.

  • Intuition
  • Pensiveness
  • Drive
  • Open-mindedness
  • Creativity

The two most prominent characteristics observed across the ENTJ-T subtypes are their shared open-mindedness and creativity. While all ENTJs are extroverts on a base level, Turbulent ENTJs are quieter and thus drawn to more solitary, creative pursuits. Turbulent Commanders are also more likely than Assertive ENTJs to view the world with an open mind because they’re sensitive and pensive.

There are no direct statistics for the ENTJ subtypes, but we infer that the Turbulent subtypes are less common than the Assertive subtypes because ENTJ-Ts don’t closely typify the main Commander traits. To add, ENTJ is a rare MBTI personality, and so the ENTJ-T subtype is considered a similarly rare personality subtype.

What are the ENTJ Subtypes based on ENTJ-T and ENTJ-A?

The five ENTJ subtypes based on ENTJ-T and ENTJ-A are listed below.

  • Sage ENTJ-T
  • Scientist ENTJ-A
  • Creator ENTJ-T
  • Achiever ENTJ-A
  • Mastermind ENTJ-A

1. Sage ENTJ Subtype

Sage ENTJ subtypes align with the main ENTJ-T (Turbulent) personality type because they’re highly intuitive. The Sage ENTJ subtype is perceptive and trustworthy, gaining their moniker through their ability to offer insightful remarks when people present them with problems.

Sage ENTJs have three main strengths. Firstly, Sage ENTJs are intuitive, being able to read a situation and draw logical conclusions from it. Secondly, Sages are calm, grounded characters. The Sage’s relaxed attitude and intuitive nature make them appear wise beyond their years. Finally, Sage ENTJs are reliable. Sage Commanders complete tasks regardless of whether they’re asked to or not.

Sage ENTJs also have three core weaknesses in their character. Firstly, Sages are sometimes submissive characters due to their Turbulent nature and the emotional fragility not seen in ENTJ-As. Secondly, Sages suffer from low self-confidence. Sages lose out on opportunities and experiences because they lack the esteem to put themselves forward. Finally, ENTJ-T Sages sometimes suffer from anxiety. Sages have low self-confidence and a Turbulent mindset which leaves them prone to feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

Warren Buffet is a famous ENTJ Sage who relies on his perception and intuition to make calculated investments. Buffett is also a highly trusted voice in the world of finance and investing, which corresponds to the Sage’s insightful nature.

2. Scientist ENTJ Subtype

The Scientist ENTJ subtype is an ENTJ-A (Assertive) subtype because they demonstrate great self-determination. Commanders with the Scientist subtype enjoy living a structured and rule-driven life. Scientist ENTJs rely on reason and logic to make their decisions, as opposed to riding waves of spontaneity like ENTJ-T types do.

Scientist Commanders have three main strengths. Firstly, Scientist ENTJs are logical, making decisions based on reason as opposed to emotions. Secondly, the Scientist ENTJ subtype prefers leading a structured life with a rigid framework that leaves little room for the unexpected. Finally, Scientists are dedicated; once they set their minds on a task, Scientist ENTJs will see it through to completion.

The Scientist ENTJ-A subtype also has three main weaknesses. Firstly, Scientist ENTJs are inflexible, as their need for structure leaves little scope for spontaneity. Secondly, ENTJ Scientists appear cold due to their need for logic overriding emotions. Finally, Scientist Commanders are confrontational. The ENTJ Scientist’s strong self-determination leads to conflict if someone challenges their methods or impedes them in any way.

Margaret Thatcher is a famous ENTJ scientist. The Iron Lady was known for her logical thinking and her goal-oriented approach to life.

3. The Creator ENTJ Subtype

The Creator ENTJ subtype is an ENTJ-T (Turbulent) personality type because they demonstrate innate creativity. Creators are imaginative and outgoing characters who demonstrate the most spontaneity of the Commander subtypes.

Creator ENTJs have three main strengths that help define their character. Firstly Creators are innovative, enjoying a thought-over-action approach to life. The Creator’s attitude allows them to come up with clever solutions to problems that other ENTJ subtypes will overlook. Secondly, ENTJ-T Creators are grounded. While Creators are generally bubbly and inventive, they are still reason-loving ENTJs and thus keep themselves grounded in logic at all times. Finally, Creator ENTJs are observant. Creator types do not rush into situations but rather afford time for careful consideration. Doing so allows the Creator subtype the opportunity to invent creative solutions.

Creator ENTJs also have three core weaknesses that highlight the negative side of their creative brain. Firstly, Creator ENTJs are sometimes reclusive, retreating too deep into their creative subconscious that they lose track of reality. Secondly, Creator ENTJ subtypes are highly indecisive, getting stuck in a form of decision paralysis that sees them struggle to complete tasks. Finally, ENTJ-T Creators have self-destructive tendencies because they’re susceptible to negative emotions. ENTJs with the Creator subtype sometimes find themselves in a spiral of self-sabotage as a result.

Jim Carey is an example of a famous ENTJ-T Creator type because he exhibits both the strengths and weaknesses of the subtype. Carey is highly creative and grounded, but sometimes demonstrates self-destructive tendencies through his turbulent personal life.

4. Achiever ENTJ Subtype

The Achiever ENTJ subtype is an Assertive subtype because they demonstrate confidence and a goal-oriented mindset. Achievers are energetic and adaptable characters who make the most out of any situation or opportunity.

Achiever ENTJs have three core strengths that separate them from the other ENTJ subtypes. Firstly, ENTJ-A Achievers are enthusiastic, bringing boundless energy to any task. The subtype’s enthusiasm is part of what helps ENTJs reach their goals. Secondly, ENTJ Achievers are persistent, refusing to accept defeat or allow a situation to get them down. Finally, Achiever ENTJs are visionaries, demonstrating the ability to visualize their successes before they begin a project or task.

ENTJ-A Achievers exhibit three primary weaknesses particular to their subtype. Firstly, ENTJ Achiever subtypes are arrogant, allowing their success and achievements to go to their head. Secondly, Achievers are sometimes overly-competitive. Achievements alone are not enough for Achiever Commanders; they must also be the winners. Finally, Achiever ENTJs are unscrupulous. Accomplishing goals is what matters most to the ENTJ subtype and the means by which they do so are of no consequence.

Steve Jobs is an example of a famous ENTJ-T Achiever. Jobs was a driven and focused man who was a hard individual to work with despite his many plaudits.

5. Mastermind ENTJ Subtype

The Mastermind ENTJ subtype is an Assertive ENTJ personality type. Masterminds are confident, hard-working characters who feel a need to be in charge.

Masterminds have three primary strengths that differentiate them from other ENTJ subtypes. Firstly, Mastermind ENTJ subtypes are assertive, living up to their main subtype. Mastermind Commanders are not afraid to take charge and call the shots, whether alone or leading a group. Secondly, ENTJ-A Masterminds are highly self-confident. ENTJ Masterminds believe in themselves and their ability to prevail in any situation. Finally, Mastermind ENTJ subtypes are forbearing, which stems from their self-confidence and assertive traits.

Conversely, Mastermind ENTJ subtypes have three main weaknesses. Firstly, the ENTJ Mastermind subtype exhibits controlling behavior if their assertive nature and confidence manifest negatively. Secondly, ENTJ-A Masterminds are confrontational, especially if their need to be in control is challenged. Finally, Mastermind ENTJ-A subtypes are often emotionally distant due to their preference for logic over emotions.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt is an example of a famous ENTJ with Mastermind qualities. Roosevelt was a natural leader who stood up to adversity and led his country through uncertain times.

How are ENTJ subtypes analyzed with ENTJ Enneagrams?

ENTJ subtypes are analyzed with ENTJ Enneagrams through the combined analysis of two different personality identification methodologies. The Enneagram is a personality analysis system that identifies an individual’s personality based on the nine different points on the Enneagram.

The Enneagram contains the following nine different personality types divided into head, heart, and body types.

  • Enneagram Type 1 – Perfectionist
  • Enneagram Type 2 – Helper
  • Enneagram Type 3 – Achiever
  • Enneagram Type 4 – Individualist
  • Enneagram Type 5 – Investigator
  • Enneagram Type 6 – Loyalist
  • Enneagram Type 7 – Enthusiast
  • Enneagram Type 8 – Challenger
  • Enneagram Type 9 – Peacemaker

When analyzing ENTJ subtypes against ENTJ Enneagrams, you first need to have an understanding of both the Enneagram methodology and the MBTI’s analysis of the ENTJ personality. You can then overlap the two typologies to find comparisons between the MBTI subtypes and the corresponding Enneagram points.

The following points on the Enneagram overlap with the characteristics of the ENTJ-A and ENTJ-T subtypes.

  • Sage ENTJ: Sages closely map to the Type 6 Enneagram, also known as The Loyalist, due to their similar reliance on self-intuition.
  • Scientist ENTJ: The Scientist subtype is most closely related to the Type 1 Enneagram, also known as The Perfectionist, due to their similar preference for structured lifestyles and frameworks.
  • Creator ENTJ: Creators are an ENTJ-T subtype that maps to the Type 4 Enneagram, also known as the Individualist, due their similarly creative minds.
  • Achiever ENTJ: Achiever ENTJs are closely related to the Type 3 ENTJ Enneagram, which is also known as the Achiever, due to their similar goal-oriented mindset.
  • Mastermind ENTJ: Mastermind subtypes are an ENTJ subtype that closely match the Type 8 Enneagram because of their similar leadership skills. Type 8 is also known as The Challenger.

What is the ENTJ Enneagram 8?

The ENTJ Enneagram 8, also known as the Challenger or ENTJ 8, is a Body type personality. Challengers are confident personalities who know what they want and how they will get there. Type 8 ENTJ personalities are more likely to trust their instincts and be confident in their decision-making because they’re a Body type personality.

ENTJ personalities align with the Enneagram 8’s because they share a number of characteristics, including their confidence and driven, goal-oriented focus.

What is ENTJ Enneagram 1w3?

An ENTJ Enneagram 1w3 is not a viable wing combination on the Enneagram.

The concept of Enneagram wings relates to the two types directly beside the core Enneagram type. The ENTJ Enneagram 1 has wings for Enneagram 9 (1w9) and Enneagram 2 (1w2). It is therefore not possible under either the MBTI or Enneagram typologies for someone to have an ENTJ 1w3 personality type.

What is ENTJ 8w7 like?

An ENTJ 8w7 is one of the most powerful personality combinations for the ENTJ Enneagram. ENTJ 8w7 types are highly driven and determined personalities who bring a boundless level of energy and enthusiasm to everything they do. The Enneagram 8w7 combination is considered a dominant personality type who enjoys being in control of both themselves and their environment.

How does MBTI interpret ENTJ subtypes with the help of Enneagram?

The MBTI does not officially interpret the ENTJ subtypes with the help of the Enneagram because it is a separate personality methodology. That said, third-party interpretations are possible by overlapping the identified ENTJ subtypes over the nine Enneagrams Drawing parallels between the different personalities allows us to draw inferences between similar types.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality identification process that allocates one of sixteen core personality types to an individual based on their responses to a series of questions. The different personalities are based on dominant functions within opposing pairs across four dichotomies of personality.

The MBTI is a test that derives its answers based on how a person responds to life, while the Enneagram bases its results on the question of why people respond in a certain way. Other third-party excerpts have interpreted complementary uses for the MBTI and Enneagram. For example, Eugene Kaluzniacky in his book, Managing Psychological Factors in Information Systems Work, discusses the correlation between the MBTI and Enneagram. Author Pat Wyman similarly discusses the cross-compatibility of the MBTI and Enneagram in her book, Three Keys to Self-Understanding.

Comparison of ENTJ-T and ENTJ-A

Below is a table offering a side-by-side comparison of the ENTJ-T and ENTJ-A subtypes.

ENTJ subtypeENTJ-AENTJ-T
Stress ManagementAssertive ENTJs are bold and confident, which makes them more adept at stress management. Negative life events are less likely to have a long-term effect on ENTJ-A subtypes.The Turbulent subtype is more likely to react negatively toward stressful situations. Turbulent ENTJs are also more susceptible to mental health struggles.
Business LifeENTJ Assertive subtypes are bold and thus more likely to take charge in their business life. Confidence is high in Assertive ENTJs, and as such, they are not afraid of responsibility.In business, ENTJ-T subtypes are the least likely of the two subtypes to take charge of a situation. Turbulent ENTJs are thinkers and thus prefer to lead through thoughts than action.
Social LifeSocially, Assertive ENTJs are more self-reliant. ENTJ-A types enjoy spending time with friends but their relationships can lack emotional depth.Socially, Turbulent ENTJs need to have people around them. ENTJ-Ts also tend to develop deeper, more emotionally connected friendships.
RelationshipsENTJ-A types are dominant and more likely to be single. Assertive ENTJs act emotionally distant and struggle to get close to partners if in a relationship.ENTJ-Ts in relationships are more likely to be codependent with their partner. Turbulent ENTJs are also more sensitive and enjoy sharing emotional intimacy with their partners.
BehaviorsENTJ-A types are confident and dominant and, as such, are more likely to act on impulse.ENTJ-Ts are quiet and more contemplative, preferring to think things through before acting.
StrengthsThe ENTJ-A subtype is bold and full of self-confidence. ENTJ-As are not afraid to speak their minds or take control because they’re natural leaders.ENTJ-T types are reserved, preferring thought to action. Turbulent ENTJ-Ts are also creative and innovative personalities.
WeaknessesENTJ-As can be big-headed and controlling. Assertive types become confrontational when their views are challenged,ENTJ-Ts have lower levels of self-confidence. Turbulent types are more concerned about what other people think of them.

Our analysis of Assertive Commander (ENTJ-A) vs. Turbulent Commander (ENTJ-T) shows that the subtypes share the same base functionality set. The differences listed in the table above serve to highlight the subtypes and are not indicative of the greater characteristics of the ENTJ.

The primary differentiator between Assertive and Turbulent ENTJ subtypes is their reaction to stress and negative events. Assertive types have high self-confidence, and when negativity hits, they are more likely to respond in a defiant manner. Turbulent ENTJs, however, have greater emotional fragility and, as such, they are more likely to become despondent during stressful times.

Which ENTJ subtype is better in relationships?

Turbulent ENTJ subtypes in general are better for relationships because they’re more emotionally sensitive. Creator ENTJ-Ts are the best of the Turbulent types for relationships. Creators are more emotional than the other subtypes, and as such, they are more likely to open up to their partners.

All of the ENTJ subtypes are serious and hold their partner to high standards regardless of their Assertive or Turbulent categorization. However, Assertive Commanders are more likely to be cold and distant, especially during the early phases of a relationship. Therefore, Assertive types generally struggle in relationships.

Which ENTJ subtype is better for family life?

The ENTJ-T Sage subtype is better for family life. Turbulent ENTJs like the Sage are more in tune with their emotions and thus are keen to form emotional connections with the people in their lives. Sage ENTJs are also the most family-oriented of the Turbulent subtypes because they are highly committed and have a strong sense of duty. Sage ENTJs will always do what is right for their family. Furthermore, once Sages reach emotional maturity, they will develop deep and long-lasting relationships.

Which ENTJ subtype is better for sensitive people?

The Creator ENTJ-T subtype is better for sensitive people. Creators display higher levels of sensitivity and empathy than other ENTJ subtypes according to the Thinking-Feeling dichotomy. Creator ENTJs will consequently be helpful and intuitive while handling sensitive personality types. In addition, Commanders with the Creator subtype view the world around them with a slightly more open-minded lens—granting themselves more understanding and accepting nature than other subtypes.

Which ENTJ subtype is more confident?

The ENTJ-A Mastermind subtype is the most confident ENTJ subtype. Masterminds have tremendous self-confidence in the face of negative life events. Mastermind ENTJ subtypes also remain calm under pressure. Mastermind Commanders are rational in all cases, which means they will not respond to something on instinct or react without just cause. The Mastermind’s combination of traits affords them a level of confidence other Assertive ENTJ subtypes do not have.

Which ENTJ subtype is better for a career?

The ENTJ Achiever subtype is better for a career. Achiever ENTJs are focused and goal-oriented personalities who know what they want and work tirelessly to get there. Achievers are therefore the subtype that’s most likely to thrive professionally.

That said, every ENTJ subtype has the underlying traits of rationality and determination. Each ENTJ subtype will thrive as long as they’re in a career that complements their personality. Success and career achievements are also unique to the individual, and as such, every ENTJ can be a career-oriented personality type.

Which ENTJ subtype is better for teamwork?

The ENTJ Sage subtype is better for teamwork. The Sage’s dominant base traits of focus and rational thought as well as their increased levels of intuition and reliability establish them as the ultimate team player.

The ENTJ Mastermind subtype is also well-suited for teamwork. However, as natural leaders, ENTJ Masterminds are more inclined to stand up and take charge. While a leader is an important part of any team, the Sage subtype is a more all-around team player.

Which ENTJ subtype is better for artists?

The ENTJ-T Creator subtype is better for artists because they have a natural flair for creative thought and innovation. The Creator is well suited to a career in the arts. Along with being artistic, Creator ENTJs remain grounded in the logic of reality, which keeps them relatable to others. Additionally, ENTJ Creators draw inspiration from the world around them thanks to their strong intuition.

Which ENTJ Subtype has BPD?

There is no official data on which ENTJ subtype has borderline personality disorder (BPD). Any personality type or subtype has the potential to develop BDP. Furthermore, there is no direct link between BPD and personality types.

Which ENTJ Subtype is a better leader?

The ENTJ-A Mastermind subtype is the better leader out of all of the ENTJ subtypes. Masterminds are dominant characters who have great self-belief and remain calm while under stress. All ENTJ personality types are rational and grounded as demonstrated by ENTJ famous leaders, but these traits are amplified in the Mastermind. Additionally, Masterminds love to be in charge. ENTJ Masterminds seek out opportunities to take the lead, whether it is on an individual project or as part of a larger group.

How are ENTJ subtypes classified?

ENTJ subtypes are classified through a closer analysis of the MBTI’s four core dichotomies of personality. The MBTI Manual by Mary McCaulley, Naomi L. Quenk, Allen L. Hammer, and Isabel Briggs Myers outlines the classifying dichotomies and their uses in the MBTI’s typology.

The classifying dichotomies are as follows.

  • Intuition-Sensing
  • Thinking-Feeling
  • Extraverted-Introverted
  • Judging-Perceiving

We’ve analyzed the classifying dichotomies within the broader ENTJ grouping in order to identify and define the different subtype pairings. According to our analysis, the ENTJ subtypes display a lowered or heightened propensity for some functions over others. A lowered or heightened propensity does not affect their categorization as ENTJs, however. All Commander subtypes retain their core functions of Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, and judging. The subtypes simply display subtype-specific propensities not necessarily associated with all ENTJs.

The classification combinations can also be superimposed over alternative personality identification tools like the Enneagram to create a fully rounded picture of the possibly ENTJ subtypes.

What are the classification dichotomies used for ENTJ subtypes?

Below are the four classification dichotomies used for identifying ENTJ subtypes.

  • Intuition-Sensing: The Intuition-Sensing classification dichotomy affects how individuals take in and process information. ENTJs have a preference for iNtuition (N).
  • Thinking-Feeling: The Thinking-Feeling classification dichotomy affects how individuals make decisions and rationalize judgments. ENTJs are largely rational so they prefer Thinking over Feeling.
  • Extraversion-Introversion: The Extraversion-Introversion classification dichotomy describes a person’s preference for the inner or outer world. All ENTJs are largely extroverted, so they prefer Extraversion.
  • Judging-Perceiving The Judging-Perceiving classification dichotomy defines our attitude toward the outside world, such as structures or spontaneity. ENTJs typically value structure so they prefer the Judging function.

1. Intuition-Sensing for ENTJ subtypes

Every ENTJ has a dominant iNtuition function in the Intuition-Sensing dichotomy for ENTJ subtypes. Some subtypes will have a greater propensity for iNtuition than others. However, the difference is not enough for them to be classed as Sensing-dominant personalities.

2. Thinking-Feeling for ENTJ subtypes

Thinking is the dominant function in the Thinking-Feeling dichotomy for all ENTJ subtypes, but some display a higher level of Feeling. The lowered propensity for Thinking doesn’t change an ENTJ subtype’s dominant function. Instead, it accounts for subtle differences in an ENTJ’s main traits compared to more emotionless thinkers like the Scientist ENTJ.

3. Extraverted-introverted for ENTJ subtypes

Extraversion is the dominant function in the Extraverted-Introverted dichotomy for ENTJ subtypes. There is a sub-dichotomy within that dichotomy whereby certain ENTJs will display more introverted tendencies. However, the lowered Extraverted is not strong enough to change any ENTJ’s personality but rather to help ascertain their subtype classification.

4. Judging-Perceiving for ENTJ subtypes

ENTJs have a natural propensity for Judging in the Judging-Perceiving dichotomy for ENTJ subtypes. All ENTJs crave structure, but there are Commander subtypes that are more likely to make quick, spontaneous decisions. The classification dichotomy helps to clarify the ENTJ subtype as opposed to changing their entire personality base.

How are ENTJ subtypes found?

No one person is responsible for finding the different ENTJ subtypes. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was among the first to popularize the concept of personality type through his book, Psychological Types. The theories of Myers-Briggs expand upon Jung’s work to create the sixteen different personality types, of which one is ENTJ. The concept of subtypes spawned from their research. The investigation of particular subsections of a personality type within its dominant classification dichotomies leads to various subtypes under the MBTI. Competing personality assessment tools, like the Enneagram of Personality, have similarly developed different subtypes based on their particular methodology.

Do ENTJ subtypes change according to gender?

There is no evidence to suggest that the ENTJ subtypes change according to gender. Certain personality types vary greatly according to gender, but no research highlights a significant disparity among the ENTJ subtypes. For example, one study found that the Commander personality type accounts for 5.6% of women but only 1.3% of men. Within that, the different subtypes will have masculine and feminine traits, but that does not change the individual subtype. Instead, a person’s natural inclinations for the classification dichotomies will decide which subtype they belong to.

Can someone change their character from an ENTJ subtype to another?

It is unknown whether someone can change their character from one ENTJ subtype to another because there hasn’t been significant research into the subject. We infer that there is a certain flexibility to any character assessment tools like the MBTI or Enneagram. Personality results will vary depending on the attitude of the person at the time of taking the test. However, a person’s personality type results will remain consistent if the person’s answers are also consistent and truthful beyond the immediate present. To add, people can grow and weaknesses can be conquered, but that does not imply permanent changes to your personality type under the MBTI or Enneagram.

Can someone be from multiple ENTJ subtypes?

No, a person cannot be from multiple ENTJ subtypes. The subtype classification dichotomies allow for varying prevalences of each dominant function. As a result, the dichotomies imply ENTJs can display aspects of multiple subtypes, but we infer that one subtype will be dominant.

Who are the famous people from ENTJ subtypes?

Below are the famous ENTJ people and their subtypes.

  • Sage ENTJ subtype: Two examples of famous ENTJ-T Sage personalities are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Both Buffet and Gates are grounded people who remain humble despite their wealth and successes. Warren Buffet has amassed great wealth and acts as a trusted voice within the investing market. Bill Gates is a knowledgeable Sage who remains very down-to-earth and contributes to many charitable causes.
  • Scientist ENTJ subtype: One famous ENTJ-A Scientist is Wernher von Braun. Like other Commander-type Scientists, Von Braun was driven by structure and adherence to rules as this was necessary to make the relevant advancements in rocket science.
  • Creator ENTJ subtype: One famous ENTJ Creator is Jim Carey. Jim Carey is a comedic genius who has been open about his struggles with mental health. He exemplifies the innovative and observant ENTJ Creator subtype.
  • Achiever ENTJ subtype: Two famous people with the ENTJ Achiever subtype are Al Gore and Jack Welch. Al Gore achieved success in politics, business, and environmentalism, exemplifying the positive attitude of the Achiever. Similarly, Jack Welch was the driving force behind General Electric for over twenty years.
  • Mastermind ENTJ subtype: One famous Mastermind was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a natural leader who saw the United States through incredibly tough times. Roosevelt was also the driving voice behind escaping the Great Depression.

How to understand which ENTJ subtype you are?

To understand which subtype you are, follow the three steps listed below.

  1. Take the MBTI test: Taking the MBTI test will help you ascertain whether you are an ENTJ personality type. The MBTI test will also identify whether you’re an Assertive or Turbulent ENTJ.
  2. Study your personality: Once you have identified your baseline personality type as being ENTJ, you need to study your personality. Read through the test reports to learn about the Assertive and Turbulent subtypes.
  3. Self-assess: There are no official ways to confirm a person’s subtype. However, with the correct research, you can self-assess your traits and deduce which ENTJ subtype you belong to.

ENTJ subtype quiz example

There is no example of an ENTJ subtype quiz that can be taken. Take the MBTI test to identify whether you have an Assertive or Turbulent Commander personality. You may also take the Enneagram; doing so will enable you to overlay the results and deduce the common points between them. Taking both tests will help highlight the likeliest ENTJ subtype. You may also assess our analysis of the ENTJ subtypes to discover your subtype.

How can ENTJ subtypes develop themselves?

The ENTJ subtypes can develop themselves in the following six ways.

  • ENTJ-Ts can facilitate personality development by actively working on becoming more confident in themselves. For example, the ENTJ Sage and the ENTJ Enneagram 6 both demonstrate low self-esteem.
  • ENTJ-As can work to develop themselves by trying to be more compassionate and understanding. Both the ENTJ Scientist and the ENTJ Enneagram type 1 personalities tend to be cold and prioritize logic over emotions.
  • ENTJ-T types can develop themselves by trying to look at the positive in situations. The ENTJ Creator, or ENTJ Enneagram type 4, is most prone to suffering from pessimism and falling into negative thought cycles.
  • ENTJ-A types can look to develop themselves by working to become more understanding and less self-centered. The ENTJ Achiever and ENTJ Enneagram type 3 have a particular weakness for being unscrupulous and self-serving.
  • ENTJ-A types can develop themselves by working on their emotional intelligence and empathy skills. The ENTJ Enneagram 8 Mastermind subtype is an example of an ENTJ character who is often regarded as cold and emotionless.
  • ENTJ-A types can aim to develop themselves by focusing on relinquishing control and ceding power to others from time to time. The ENFJ Mastermind or ENFJ Enneagram type 8 is a prime example of the overbearing and controlling nature of some ENFJs.

Who are the famous experts for ENTJ subtypes?

There are no famous experts for the ENTJs types because there isn’t significant research into the Commander subtype. Furthermore, there is no firm authority on the ENTJ subtype. Third-party experts like those listed below offer compelling ideas about personality, though none about ENTJs specifically.

  • Philip Zimbardo: Philip Zimbardo (born in 1933) is an American psychologist. Zimbardo’s psychological research includes infamous projects like the 1971 Stanford prison experiment in which he theorized the prison guard’s personality traits affected their behavior. Zimbardo’s research into power dynamics, social conformity, and socialization offers compelling thoughts about the role of personality in intense social structures. Zimbardo has published several works, including The Lucifer Effect, The Time Paradox, and The Time Cure. Zimbardo himself is associated with the ENTJ personality, though he does not formally identify as such.
  • Farhang Holakouee: Farhang Holakouee (born in 1944) is an Iranian-American psychologist. Holakouee’s work psychology primarily focuses on family and relationships. Holakouee has published several works, including studies on Iranian immigrants in the United States. To add, Holakouee demonstrates ENTJ traits.
  • Hans Eysenck: Hans Eysenck (1916 – 1997) was a German-born British psychologist. Eysenck was a prominent figure in psychology, serving as one of the most frequently cited researchers. Eysenck studied personality types, particularly analyzing the genetic connection to personality. Eysenck’s personality theory suggests that personality types are inherited and develop a kind of nervous system that affects how a person responds to their environment. That said, Eysenck is a controversial figure in psychology because he doctored results and formed problematic theories on race that are no longer supported by mainstream psychology. Like Zimbardo and Holakouee, Hans Eysenck displayed ENTJ traits.

What are the other personality subtypes close to ENTJ subtypes?

The other personality Enneagram types close to the ENTJ subtypes are unknown because there hasn’t been enough research into the subject. However, it is possible to draw logical conclusions as to which personality subtypes are similar to ENTJ subtypes after analyzing common ENTJ traits.

For example, INTJ is a kindred personality to ENTJ because INTJs share a lot of the same core traits as Commanders. Therefore, a more reserved ENTJ subtype, such as the ENTJ-T Sage, is well suited for a more outgoing INTJ subtype, such as the INTJ-A Philosopher.