ENTP personality type

Updated November 12, 2018

ENTP: Extravert-iNtuitive-Thinker-Perceiver

  • Jung type ENTJ
  • Extraverts are outgoing, energetic and action-oriented. They are enthusiastic and expressive
  • iNtuitives pay more attention to information that is imaginative and original. iNtuitives focus on the future.
  • Thinkers make decisions using logic and impersonal analysis. They think with their heads rather than their hearts.
  • Perceivers prefer a lifestyle that is spontaneous, flexible and adaptable. They like an environment that is unstructured, and like to keep their options open.

An ENTP at a glance

ENTPs are highly dynamic individuals who typically say, If at first you do not succeed, try another way or move on! They enjoy being an inviting host - bringing people together, putting them at ease and creating upbeat, fun gatherings. They aim to understand rather than to judge people.

An ENTPs style is confident, dynamic, energetic, infectious and sparkling. They are great conversationalists that enjoy verbal sparring and debating. They laugh easily and often.

ENTPs have the ability to intuitively understand people and situations - They seem to understand things quickly and in great depth. When an ENTPs intuition is working at full speed it is inspiring - both for themselves and others. They like to motivate and motivate people to go that one step further - to win rather than to be a runner-up.

Their probable contributions to an organization

Each personality type has a different set of skills, talents and attributes that they bring to an organization, group or relationship. Here is a list of those most commonly associated with personality types like ENTP.

  • Is confident, dynamic, energetic and exciting to be around.
  • Views work as one stimulating and adventurous challenge after another.
  • Brings infectious humor and dynamism to tasks.

On a team

Some people work well on teams, others work best on their own. Understanding the personality types of team members provides information about how individuals are likely to carry out their work and interact with each other. Given the personality preferences of an ENTP, the following are the strengths (and possible weaknesses!) they will most likely bring to a team:

  • Supplies clear ideas and inventive new insights.
  • Contributes elevated degrees of enthusiasm and energy.
  • Provides analysis and solutions, and identifies opportunities.

ENTP leadership style

Each personality type has its own leadership style, strengths and blind spots. The following highlights an ENTP approach to leadership, provides clues as to how an ENTP will act in a leader role, and pinpoints some of the leadership qualities.

  • Acts as the visionary for a group or organization.
  • Persuades and inspires others with enthusiasm and imagination.
  • Can readily become engrossed in a project that interests them.

Communications style

Effective communication is composed of two elements: how well you listen, and how you express yourself. Good communication skills are at the heart of success. Being aware of how we communicate, how others communicate and how we prefer others to communicate with us, is a significant step in achieving this objective. Your personality style has its own communication strategies that are more effective for you than other's communication styles.

  • Speaks with passion and commitment.
  • Replies quickly, thinking on his/her feet; displays wit and word play in speech.
  • Prefers talking in person, not in written reports.

Problem solving

Different people solve problems in different ways. Based on the ENTP personality type, ENTP's will probably use the following methods and skills in problem solving:

  • Loves to find ways around obstacles.
  • Wants the rationale behind the data.
  • Unceasingly questions all the possibilities in seeking alternate solutions.

Stress Profile

Stress plays a significant factor in our abilities to be effective at work and have healthy sustainable relationships. The greater the stress, the harder it becomes to maintain quality work and quality relationships. Each personality type has strengths and blind spots. Under stress, blind spots emerge and people rely on their least favourite functions to operate.

Stress triggers
  • Being overextended and over-committed.
  • Neglecting needed food and rest, creating physical exhaustion or illness.
  • Doing detailed methodical step-by-step work over extended periods.
Stress profile characteristics
  • Begins to lose their enthusiasm, optimism and energy for life - it is no longer fun.
  • Starts to withdraw and becomes depressed, sad and despondent.
  • Turns very picky, finicky, irritable, rigid and crabby.


People are usually most effective when their environment matches their preferences and work style. When a good match is not present, it will be more difficult to achieve results. Below are some of the ENTP's work preferences and key characteristics that ENTP's look for in work, or try to avoid. These key characteristics also indicate how an ENTP would typically like to be managed or related to.

  • Looks for moments to foster independence in others.
  • Needs freedom to maneuver, unfettered by rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Revels in designing plans and projects, building theoretical and conceptual models and overcoming limitations.

ENTP Learning style

For many years it has been known that different personality types have different ways of learning. Knowing how a person learns is a big advantage for structuring on-the-job training or classroom instruction. The ENTP learning style is as follows:

    • Is passionate about learning and enjoys competition and stimulating environments.
    • Suffers in highly structured, rote and fragmented learning situations.
    • Needs to grasp the model inherent in the material before proceeding.

    Opportunities for Growth

    As we grow and mature, it is important to pull back from our favourite ways of doing things and build skills in the areas of our least favourite preferences. We thereby become a more balanced and versatile individual. The following suggestions address some of the ENTP more obvious blind spots and are areas to pay attention to.

    • Remember the importance of human needs and feelings in projects- not everything is cool, logical reasoning.
    • Try to thaw out a bit when talking with others- listen more and debate less; others can sometimes see you as critical, impersonal and distant.
    • Learn to exercise greater patience with others who are different from you and who bring different talents to the table.

    Jung personality types

    There are sixteen Jung personality types. Take a free Jung personality test or learn more about the Jung typology.