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Known as The Architect or Mastermind, INTJs are:

  • Planners - they understand the logical consequences of each move, and easily grasp how each step necessitates or entails the next.

  • Self-Confident - they are driven toward completion and results, always with an eye to long-term consequences.

  • Systemic - they thrive on confronting a problem that requires a creative solution and take a systemic approach in their analysis.

  • Utilitarian - they believe every plan has a purpose, and every step exists for a reason, and that order is never arbitrary.

  • Willful - they are unusually strong-willed, tenacious, determined, and resolute.

  • Ingenious -  they make their best contributions with their insights, and are often heralded as providing thought leadership to their various domains of influence. 


Some INTJs can also be:

  • Arrogant 

  • Judgmental

  • Over-analytical

  • Turbulent

  • Unstructured

  • Challenged to form strong relationships

Under stress, INTJs may become over-structured; paralyzed by seeking perfection before taking action.


How INTJs typically operate in the workplace:

  • As Subordinates - they are independent people, and they quickly become frustrated if they find themselves pushed into tightly-defined roles that limit their freedom.

  • As Colleagues - they use their nimble minds and insight to deflect personal talk, avoid workplace tension, and create situations where they aren’t slowed down.

  • As Managers - they value innovation and effectiveness more than just about any other quality, and they will gladly cast aside hierarchy, protocol and even their own beliefs if they are presented with rational arguments about why things should change.


Other well-known INTJs include:

  • Hillary Clinton

  • Bill Gates

  • Peter Drucker

  • Michelle Obama

  • Susan B. Anthony

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Ayn Rand

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