ENTJ vs ISTJ (A Comparative Analysis)

In this article, we will compare ENTJ vs ISTJ personalities from the MBTI types. We will do that by initially describing both personalities in-depth including their four cognitive functions.  This will follow up by comparing and seeing how these personalities are similar and different from each other.

ENTJ vs ISTJ

If we consider ENTJ vs ISTJ  and compare them, we find that they have similarities as well as differences. Both personalities are similar as they are thinking and judging personalities i.e. they are logical thinkers and they follow routines and schedules. They are different as well since ENTJs are extroverted and like socializing. They also focus on the bigger picture Compared to them, ISTJs are introverted and like to spend time alone to recharge. They are more detail-oriented.

MBTI: Four Cognitive Functions

 Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types, approaches personality to be composed of four cognitive functions that govern how people think, process, and make decisions. The top two cognitive functions play a dominant role in guiding a person’s personality. Whereas, the latter two play less of a role. However, they still have some impact or influence on how a person behaves in certain situations. ENTJ and ISTJ are two personality types out of the 16 types. Their cognitive functions are discussed in detail as follows.

ENTJ: The Commander (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

The ENTJ personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who are straightforward, confident, have strong opinions, and assertive. Only 2 percent of people are estimated to have an ENTJ personality type.

Four Cognitive Functions of ENTJ

Four cognitive functions that guide how ENTJ personality type processes information includes:

Extroverted Thinking

ENTJs are quite rational, objective, and logical. They tend to think things but speak without listening. They are quick to make judgments and decisions before gathering all information. They have a tendency to focus on organized plans and have certain standards that they expect others to abide by. Setting and reaching goals is quite important to them.

Introverted Intuition

ENTJs tend to think about the future and consider multiple possibilities. They are open to change. Although they trust their thinking and judgment, sometimes they regret being impulsive when jumping to a decision too soon. 

Extroverted Sensing

ENTJs are open to new sensory experiences particularly adventure and thrill. They enjoy the beauty in life and like to keep themselves surrounded by interesting things that stimulate their senses.

Introverted Feeling

ENTJs particularly find emotions and feelings difficult to understand. They tend to keep this part separate when making any decision. Situations that call for emotional expression are pretty uncomfortable for them and they find it difficult to give the right emotional response. 

ISTJ: The Inspector (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

The ISTJ personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who quiet, reserved, practical, and organized. They are traditionalists and value loyalty. 13% of people have an ISTJ personality type in the world.

Four Cognitive Functions of ISTJ

Four cognitive functions that guide how ISTJ personality type processes information includes:

Introverted Sensing

ISTJs are present-oriented and are able to take in information from their surroundings.  They have a good memory and can use prior experience to predict or expect what will happen in the future.

Extroverted Thinking

ISTJs are logical,  objective, and rational.  They focus on details and concrete information rather than abstract information.  They are efficient and productive people who appreciate knowledge with practical application.  They are also good decision-makers who use logic and evidence instead of feelings to guide their judgment. 

Introverted Feeling

ISTJs often have gut feelings about different situations.  Although they make decisions based on logic but their feelings inform them to trust their emotional instinct rather than just facts. 

  Extroverted Intuition

This is the weakest part of ISTJ’s personality. They enjoy new ideas and experiences which help them to have a more balanced personality. 

A Comparison of ENTJ and ISTJ

Personality: ENTJ vs ISTJ

ENTJ personalities like change in life. They perceive things in a conceptual manner and tend to look at the big picture. It is easy for them to devise long term plans that are systematic. You can count on an ENTJ to drive towards the final goal and make sure that things reach completion. They are confident, authoritative, and straight-forward which makes them good leaders who don’t get fazed by obstacles in their way.

ISTJs are logical,  detail-oriented,  and rational.  They use their knowledge and experiences to guide their behavior.  Usually, they work according to plan in a quiet and steady manner.  They are also traditionalists with a strong sense of loyalty and duty.  In daily life,  they prefer to have a clear plan so that they know what to expect.  Factual knowledge appeals to them more than abstract concepts.  Similarly,  they prefer to work with the known instead of taking risks.

Workstyle: ENTJ vs ISTJ

Both ENTJ and ISTJ personalities have different working styles in their workplace. 

ENTJs are usually team leaders at their workplace whether or not he/she is formally elected. An ENTJ is motivated, driven, and strategic. They lead their team members in reaching the final goal at a good pace along with tackling any hurdles in the way with ease. They are passionate about structure, goals, rules, and clarity at their workplace and expect others to follow a similar standard in their professional behavior.

In the workplace, ISTJs are detail-oriented,  good planners who work according to the set objectives.  They are good at ensuring team roles so that everyone knows what to expect and the plan is executed smoothly. For them,  clarity in instructions is important.  They do not like to be micromanaged but need clear rules and regulations to perform well.

Conflict: ENTJ vs ISTJ

Attitude towards conflict and its management by both personalities can vary.

ENTJs perceive conflict as an opportunity for discussion and getting work done. They like a good argument and usually stick by their views. However, they don’t hold on to the conflict for long and forget it soon after. Their general attitude is of dislike for any factors preventing them from reaching their final goal. Hence, their focus is to make their opinions clear and direct so that change can happen immediately. Their language during conflicts is usually direct and factual which makes them seem insensitive and inconsiderate to other people.

ISTJs are fine with a formal conflict but they struggle with indirect conflict and prefer to keep to themselves.  They have a good sense of right and wrong and take verbal commitments seriously.  Their communication style is formal and factual with reduced emotional components. Likewise, They dislike disagreements with a lot of layered emotions and prefer simplicity and fair play in their conflict management.

 Interpersonal Skills: ENTJ vs ISTJ

The interpersonal skills of both ENTJ and ISTJ are similar in some respects and different in others. Particularly, the manner of relating to others, perceiving other people, and how others perceive them is distinct for both personalities. 

ENTJs are usually energetic, assertive, confident, and straightforward. Their conversation with other people is centered on good arguments, debates and discussion backed up by logic. Due to this, they can be insensitive or fail to take into account the feelings of other people. So, people get upset and perceive them to be critical. Their emotional side is pretty weak and they perceive problems in the form of concepts. Although they can share their thoughts easily and are clear in their communication but it lacks the emotional component. They are mostly concerned with getting the work done and find it hard to wait for others to reach their understanding. Nor do they accurately perceive the actual meaning of silence in a situation.

On the other hand, ISTJs appear to be cold, detached, and aloof to others which may alienate them socially.  They find emotions difficult and irrational.  Often,  they need emotions to be translated into factual knowledge in order to understand them. They are private people who do not share their feelings openly.  Consequently, social interaction drains their energy.  For them commitments are are very important in their social interactions.

 FAQs: ENTJ vs ISTJ

Are ENTJ and ISTJ compatible?

Yes, ENTJs and ISTJs can be compatible. Although they are not each other’s ideal partners, they can still enjoy a healthy relationship. They have similarities i.e. thinking and judging function and differences i.e. extroversion & introversion, intuition vs sensing function. Both partners can draw from each other’s opposing traits and learn.

Who should an ISTJ marry?

ISTJ should marry ESFP or ESTP. This is because their dominant introverted sensing can be matched well by the dominant extroverted sensing of such partners. However, they can enjoy good relationships with other personality types as well.

Who should an ENTJ marry?

ENTJ should marry an INTP or the ISTP. This is because their dominant function of extraverted thinking can be matched well by the dominant introverted thinking of such partners. However, they can enjoy good relationships with other personality types as well.

What do ISTJs hate?

ISTJs hate it when someone tries to change their views and opinions.

Conclusion

In this article, we compared ENTJ vs ISTJ  personality types.  We found that they have similarities as well as differences. Both personalities are similar as they are thinking and judging personalities i.e. they are logical thinkers and they follow routines and schedules. They are different as well since ENTJs are extroverted and like socializing. They also focus on the bigger picture. Compared to them, ISTJs are introverted and like to spend time alone to recharge. They are more detail-oriented.

I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊

Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/entj-personality-type-2795981

https://www.verywellmind.com/istj-introversion-sensing-thinking-judgment-2795992

https://personalityatwork.co/types/entj/vs/istj

https://www.crystalknows.com/personality-type/relationship/istj-entj#:~:text=ISTJs%20and%20ENTJs%20are%20both,focusing%20on%20the%20bigger%20picture.

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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