Article Revised: March 26, 2019
INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgment) is an abbreviation used in the publications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to refer to one of the sixteen personality types. According Wikipedia
Hallmark features of the INTJ personality type include independence of thought, strong individualism, creativity, and a desire for efficiency. People with this personality type work best given large amounts of autonomy and creative freedom. They harbor an innate desire to express themselves, that is, to be creative by conceptualizing their own intellectual designs. Among their greatest strengths are analyzing and formulating complex theories. INTJs are generally well-suited for occupations within academia, research, management, engineering, and law. They are often acutely aware of their knowledge and abilities, as well as their limitations and what they don’t know (a quality that tends to distinguish them from INTPs). INTJs thus develop a strong confidence in their ability and talents, making them natural leaders.
Furthermore, according to the Winner Foundation, “…a word which captures the essence of INTJs is builder – a builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. To INTJs authority based on position, rank, title, or publication has absolutely no force.”
OMG, this is almost every successful Six Sigma Black Belt I know! Or successful engineer or manager for that matter. What I find amazing is that almost nobody else thinks like this. The reported number is around 1%. Just 1 in 100 people. Those of us who are trying to be effective change agents and trainers need to bear this in mind the next time we’re trying to make something new happen.