ENTJ - Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging

"Everything's Fine, I'm In Charge"
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I am a great leader and decision maker. I easily see possibilities in all things and am happy to direct others toward making their vision become a reality. I am an ingenious thinker and a great long-range planner.

Because I am so logical and analytical, I am usually good at anything that requires reasoning and intelligence. Driven to achieve competence in all that I do, I can naturally spot the flaws that may exist in a situation and see immediately how to improve them. I strive to perfect systems rather than simply accept them as they are. I enjoy working with complex problem solving and am undaunted in my pursuit of mastery of anything I find intriguing. I value truth above all else and am convinced only by logical reasoning.

Eager to continually add to my base of knowledge, I am systematic about planning and researching new things. I enjoy working with complex theoretical problems and work toward the pursuit of mastery of anything I find intriguing. I am much more interested in the future consequences of actions than the present condition of things.

A natural leader with a hearty and frank style, I tend to take charge of any situation that I find myself in. I am a good organizer of people because I have the ability to see ahead and then communicate my vision to others. I tend to live by a rather strict set of rules and expect others to do so as well. Therefore, I tend to be challenging and push others as hard as I push myself. 

Possible Blind Spots

Owing to my desire to move on the next challenge or toward my larger goal, I sometimes make decisions too hastily. Slowing down occasionally will give me the chance to gather all relevant data and consider the practical and personal ramifications of my actions. My action orientation propels me to act on my decisions as soon as they are made rather than stopping to double check my facts and the realities of the situation.

Because I take a logical approach to life, I can be tough, blunt, impatient and insensitive to the needs and feelings of others when I don’t see the logic of those feelings, even if the feelings are my own. When I allow my feelings to go ignored or unexpressed, I can find myself overreacting emotionally. I am particularly prone to this if I perceive someone to be questioning my competence, especially if it is someone I respect. I can have explosive reactions to seemingly insignificant situations and these outbursts can be hurtful to those close to me. I am more effective and happy when I give myself time to consider and understand how I really feel. Giving my emotions a constructive outlet rather than allowing them to take over my personality will actually allow me to stay more fully in control (a position I enjoy and strive for). Surprisingly, I may actually be less experienced and competent than my confident style indicates. I will increase my personal power and rate of success by allowing myself to take some reasonable and valuable assistance from others.

THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME TO FOCUS ON ARE: 


1. Slow down

2. Focus on the details

3. Tune into others' needs


MY STRENGTHS

-Ability to see possibilities and implications
-Aptitude for creative problem solving; ability to examine issues objectively
-Understanding of complex issues
-Drive and ambition to succeed
-Confidence and natural leadership ability
-Strong motivation to be competent and to excel
-High standards and strong work ethic
-Ability to create systems and models to achieve my objectives
-Courage to take bold steps and the drive to reach goals
-Logical and analytical decision-making skills
-Decisiveness and strong organizational skills
-Comfort with technology; I’m a quick learner

MY WEAKNESSES

-Impatience with others who are not as quick as me
-Brusqueness and lack of tact and diplomacy
-Tendency toward hasty decision-making
-Lack of interest in mundane details
-Tendency to want to improve something that doesn’t need improving
-Tendency to intimidate or overpower others
-Tendency to not take the time to adequately appreciate and praise others
-Reluctance to reexamine issues already decided
-Propensity to overemphasize work life to the detriment of home life


AVOID MAKING DECISIONS TOO QUICKLY

-Take time to gather all the relevant, albeit mundane facts. Refer to my list of criteria and be sure to ask all the necessary questions so that I have an accurate and realistic picture of the task.
-Reflect before acting. Ask myself what I really want and how a potential task fits with the things that are important to me. Be honest with myself and add those values to my list of criteria.

TRY NOT TO APPEAR TOO AGGRESSIVE OR PUSHY

-Realize that I may appear overconfident and arrogant and unintentionally insult people by refusing to consider a position I disagree with.
-Think of everyone I meet as someone with whom I may have to work with one day and do all that I can to establish good relations with them.

BE PATIENT WITH ALL PHASES OF THE PROCESS, EVEN THE DETAILS

-Don’t overlook the practical considerations of a task in lieu of the more interesting aspects. Check out the time investment and costs associated with a task to be sure they are budgeted into my overall plan.
-Delay starting my task until I have fully researched my resources and am sure I will be able to complete it to my high standards before plowing ahead.

WORK ON DEVELOPING ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS

-Realize that I sometimes may interrupt others before they finish speaking because I have anticipated (correctly or incorrectly) what they are about to say. Instead, wait a few seconds after they have finished speaking and check with them to make sure I understood what they meant.
-Remember that, rather than appearing confident and competent, I may come across as impatient and domineering. Make a conscious effort to curb that tendency by giving the other people plenty of time to gather their thoughts and finish their sentences.

 

To learn more about your personality type, purchase the book, "DO WHAT YOU ARE" by Barbara Barron-Tieger & Paul Tieger

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