What is an INTJ?
INTJ is one of sixteen personality types codified in research by Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers.
The four letters are shorthand for Introvert-iNtutive-Thinking-Judging, the four psychological preferences dominant in individuals with the INTJ type. INTJ is a relatively rare personality type; only about 2% of individuals in the population are INTJ.
INTJs are strategists and problem solvers by nature. INTJs naturally deconstruct complex problems, analyze alternatives, and seek elegant, optimized solutions. INTJs have a talent for understanding complex systems very quickly, which makes them natural consultants; they can quickly grasp the key elements of a new business model, organization, product or strategy, then improve on it.
Many INTJs gravitate toward careers where they can independently pursue their passions and vision: scientists, architects, engineers, researchers, analysts, strategic planners.
You don’t have to be an INTJ to be a good strategist, or a visionary leader. But INTJs excel at being able to jump into these roles very quickly, bringing a fresh perspective and a passion to solve problems, before moving on to the next challenge.
You can learn more about personality types, theory behind it, and find your own type, at 16personalities.com.