One of the most stunning things I learned came from career coach Penelope Trunk, CEO of Quistic: almost all top business leaders are INTJ or ENTJ personality types. And other research shows that INTJs are among the highest earning introverted personality types.
INTJs are strategic, logical, and methodical. Many of them make great project managers, and they always have a plan. They're architects through and through — always building up their own intellect and empowering others to do the same.
At work, the INTJ excels at creating and implementing innovative solutions to analytical problems. They naturally see possibilities for improvement within complex systems and are organized and determined in implementing their ideas for change.
INTJs are sometimes referred to as Mastermind personalities because of their strategic, logical way of thinking. Other nicknames for the INTJ include: The Conceptual Planner (MBTI) The Architect (16Personalities)
You strive to achieve your goals.
According to the 16personalities MBTI, INTJs are pretty ambitious. These individuals believe that willpower and intelligence are important factors to achieve their goals. Therefore, they always trust in their abilities to make things work.
Women who identify with the INTJ personality type are typically independent, confident and happy alone. They are goal-oriented and are constantly working on personal and professional projects. But in a group, they tend to navigate the territory differently from other women.
INTJs are less commonly typed as Type A personalities, instead they are often more focused on perfectionist tendencies. The assertive types know how to let go of things, and aren't obsessed with the idea of constant self-improvement.
“INTJ is the rarest personality type for women.” In fact, at about 0.5 percent of the population, INTJ women might be the rarest of any gender/type combination (perhaps only rivaled by INFJ men). That means, as an INTJ woman, you could easily go your whole life and meet only a few other women like you.
INTJs will often enjoy the strategic elements in sports, and will take full advantage of this. Being able to predict their opponent's moves by analyzing their actions, is very exciting for INTJs. There is a lot of problem solving and strategy that goes into most sports, and INTJs will often enjoy this aspect very much.
As you can see, this list of INTJ characters has a relatively large number of villains on it. This is not because INTJs are evil, but because villains are typically the people with a cunning, well thought out plan and they require an element of emotional detachment to carry out their schemes.
INTJs are visionary, thoughtful and strategic leaders who are deeply insightful. While INTJs do not like the spotlight, they are goal oriented and like to spark action from their innovative ideas. As such, INTJ leaders are usually found in leadership or take a strategic role in any organisation.
INTJs do their best work in a peaceful, quiet environment where they can work independently to achieve big goals. They are usually very self-motivated students if they are given projects to finish or problems to solve, but they hate feeling like everything must be done in a busy classroom environment.
INTJs are often great at seeing patterns in systems. Patterns are one of the keys for mathematics - seeing those as an INTJ seems to give “leaps and bounds” knowledge to an INTJ, but it's just that that INTJ has figured out the patterns and how to apply them in other situations.
Unhealthy INTJs legitimately don't care how other people feel. They're so fixated on their own goals and ideas that they dislike making room for anyone else's emotional needs. The technical reasons for this: Without adequate development of Feeling, INTJs can become lopsided in their development.
INTJs may struggle to act.
“More proactive types, such as ENTJs, might even deem them somewhat lazy or apathetic,” writes Dr. Drenth. “But calling INTJs (or INFJs) lazy is to miss the point of what it means to be a Perceiver.
Even though our naturally analytical and perceptive nature makes us wonderful scientists, researchers, and technicians, I believe that INTJs can also be equally skilled writers and artists.
Mark Zuckerberg, one of the most famous INTJs, is logical and rational. He is also detached and doesn't let emotions get in the way of business decisions.
Of all the personality types, Assertive Executives (ESTJ-A) were the most likely to agree with the statement, “You tend to do well in active, physical sports” (76%).
This includes individual sports like swimming, skiing, extreme sports, martial arts, bowling and gymnastics; INTJs tend to be bad on team sports, such as football, basketball or ice hockey.
INTJs Are Much More Likely to Be Firstborns
Statistically, INTJs are much more likely to be the firstborn of the family (+17.5%) than if personality happened by chance. At the same time, they are much less likely to be a middle child (-20.00%) or the baby of the family (-10.00%).
They like to dress in simple modest attire that looks orderly and respectable. They like jeans and dark colors and black and white is probably their most preferred colors. Some may wear light but cold hues such as blue, and in many cases they may wear variations of the same ensemble every day.
From the outside, INTJs can seem cold and distant. Internally, they can often find themselves struggling with their identity more than other types.
INTJs under stress will become overly focused on a singular vision. Usually, this has to do with work or a key goal you want to accomplish. You'll also be unable to accept help or input, thinking your way is the only way.
As a result, many INTJs avoid social settings and focus on ideas, projects, or work. They tend to form deep, close relationships with a small number of trusted individuals, and those friends mean the world to them. Those same traits, however, can make the INTJ a force to be reckoned with.
Their turbulence may be related to their introversion as well as to the fact that many INTJs are “highly sensitive persons” (HSPs). While INTJs may not see themselves as emotionally sensitive, they are often sensitive in other ways.