In my experience, most entrepreneurs and business owners have taken a Myers-Briggs personality test at one point or another. If you ask other hopeful entrepreneurs what their personality type is, you’ll hear them immediately rattle off a string of letters like ENTP, INFJ, ESFP, or ISTJ, and you probably already know your personality type, too. You know that you’re either introverted or extroverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and that you either lean toward judgment or perception when you make your decisions.
So which personality type makes the best CEO, and what does that mean for you and your business? According to Mic.com, ENTJs and ESTJs are almost tied for making the highest salaries, while ENTJs manage or supervise the most employees on average. This information, along with other studies, points to ENTJ (also known as “The Commander”) as the most likely personality type to become a CEO. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a great CEO if you’re an ISFP. It does mean, though, that you might want to look at the things that set ENTJs apart and what makes them great leaders in the office.
WHAT DO ENTJS DO DIFFERENTLY?
“The Commander” is extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging. They’re as rational and driven as they are outgoing and charismatic. They find happiness through their achievements, and they have no problem doing whatever it takes to get where they want to go. According to Business Insider, ENTJs have a combined set of personality preferences that “create the potential for an individual who stands out as an effective and efficient problem solver with a long-term vision.”
Someone who is more introverted may find extended exposure to other people exhausting, while an extroverted person will find it invigorating. At the same time, someone who’s more sensing than intuitive may need more time to make executive-level decisions for a business. People who favor thinking over feeling will tend to make faster, more rational decisions, as well. ENTJs will also trust their own judgment over their immediate perception of a situation, so they’ll have less self-doubt than some other personality types.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN ENTJ TO BE AN EFFECTIVE CEO
All that said, if you are adaptable and decisive, it really does not matter what your personality type is. If you are more introverted than extroverted, it may take some time for you to adjust to speaking in front of crowds, meeting with investors, and talking to your employees. You may need to build some downtime into your schedule to reset yourself after interacting with the public for extended periods of time, or you might find that you’re more extroverted than you thought after you’ve had some time to adjust to your role.
Take a few pointers from famous ENTJ leaders like Steve Jobs, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Margaret Thatcher, but don’t lose yourself in your part as CEO. You’ll find your leadership style, and you’ll be able to take cues from people who’ve come before you.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A CEO TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
And, if you’re not sure you can act like an ENTJ or you’re not up for managing and leading a whole crew of people, here’s another thing to consider: you don’t have to be your company’s CEO. You can launch the business and turn the reins of leadership over to someone who’s ready to lead while you work on growing the business in other ways. You might also sell the whole thing and move on to your next idea. It’s up to you, and you don’t have to be any particular personality type to be a motivated, successful entrepreneur.