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ENTPs Make Poor Managers but Exceptional Leaders

I was asked on a forum “how an ENTP can be an effective manager.” My original advice:

  • Look busy.
  • Keep making the rounds.
  • Allow people to know you for your spontaneity and use it as a plus (like you could be checking up on them at any time).
  • Stay available to reach.
  • Find a great ISTJ assistant who naturally thrives on organization.

When I try too hard to stay organized, I usually end up exhausting all of my effort into creating the organizational tool (that’s just me personally). I find that by staying in motion and in touch with every department, your natural Ne will pick up on the missing pieces. I could spend ten hours inventing a method to stay on top of everything, or I could simply walk around and allow it to happen naturally.

ENTPs don’t make good “traditional managers,” but can still be quite effective, even in traditional corporate environments (if the structure isn’t too rigid).

To add upon my earlier half-joking statements about “looking busy and keep making the rounds,” or my support of getting an ISTJ secretary, the true power of an ENTP manager / leader comes from their ability to delegate, empower, and encourage. It is this quality that makes for poor ENTP managers but exceptional ENTP leaders.

ENTPs don’t want to demand stuff of others, because we hate it when it’s done to us. However, an ENTP can delegate out responsibilities by simply asking, explaining why it’s important, and making their subordinates feel empowered and trusted. This makes an ENTP manager / leader a force to be reckoned with, and soon you’ll have the staff working with you to accomplish the goals, not simply working for you out of fear of reprimand.

Surprise me

The staff will respect and trust you, because you respect and trust them. I know it sounds cliché, but it actually works. Employees will work HARDER for you than any other type of manager, or should I say, leader. Good luck!


Make Progress, Not Excuses

Overheard constantly:

  • Companies suck
  • People suck
  • Life sucks
  • It’s never going to get better
  • Only billionaires and huge companies have the power to make things better.
  • They never will, because all they care about is money and their vacation homes.

“…Yes, We Know.”

However, the way I see it is you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. To do nothing, to lose hope, or to conform just to fit in to the way things are, in my opinion, is just as bad as the CEO’s who refuse to think outside-the-box.

If you’re not willing to think outside-the-box, why should you expect them to?

  • How can we make an impact ourselves?
  • How do we get companies to listen to us?
  • How can we use the technology at our disposal to do something unique?

Collaborate with other like-minded nobodies and start a company or develop a way to present your improvement ideas to an existing company. We are stronger in groups that any individual can ever be.

Never lose hope that the future will be a better place than the world currently.

  • Do not conform because that’s just the way things are, and you need to pay the bills.
  • Get fucking crazy.
  • Group up in teams.
  • Constantly dream of the future, how it will most likely be, and think up ridiculous inventions that could make it better.
  • Narrow it down to the best one. Your VISION.
  • Make it happen, no matter how many people try to lock you up in an asylum.

I’ll collaborate on pretty much anything, at least on any imagination and brainstorming. I do that all day, everyday anyways. I’d rather work with real people on a real project than work strictly on hypothetical scenarios.

Just reach out and let me know what you’re thinking. That’s all it takes.