Strategic Leader as an INTJ Personality

strategic leadership as an INTJ PersonalityDeep within my psyche resides a constant rumination on building a legacy of businesses that survive me, and provide for my family. The most critical skills that I can develop as an INTJ personality is to fuse strategy with leadership is through continually scanning for new opportunities while concentrating on mitigating threats and blind spots.

The overall score of seventy-two (out of eighty) on the strategic-leadership self-assessment, indicates that I do currently possess many of the characteristics needed to create and fulfill a company’s vision and mission statements, combining skilled people with quality resources to execute organizational objectives. Moreover, it highlighted tools that will be implemented into my leadership style to actualize a more strategic leader.

It is my conviction that everything in life starts with a person’s state of mind. As a leader, being strategic is most paramount in times of choice and decision making. There will be moments of chaos where obstacles are in the way of effective leadership, and by keeping an intellectual perspective and emotional self-control, a leader can focus their attention while making well-informed strategic decisions.

While serving as a Marine Corps Squad Leader for a Fleet Anti-Security Team, it was my responsibility to create a vision, select the ideal individuals from within my squad, then organize a strategic approach that would achieve company objectives through specific procedures and protocols. Reflecting on this period, I developed the ability to discern between experiences and reasoning or emotions and consequences within arbitrary events.

This understanding provided the differentiation between accomplishing an objective yet losing a marine’s life or achieving a mission efficiently, where all Marine’s return back to camp alive after completing a goal. Similarly, in business, the clarity of objectivism and making decisions based on standardized measurements allow top-level management to create profitable companies that are humane and socially responsible, while still maximizing revenue and increased market share.

As an INTJ, it is imperative to harmonize being an ambivert, where extroverted characteristics and ideas examined collaboratively, while introverted traits consider implementation and execution in-depth independently. Being an intuitive leader will continue to be a strength that bolsters my ability to create a company vision and corporate culture based on trending data, societal norms, positive analysis, and what all of this information implies.

I seek to understand the intrinsic values that drive and motivate the people I lead, to challenge them in methods that reward them individually, based on the ideas referenced in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

This understanding of who they are, how their skills, knowledge, and abilities interact with their personal life and self-identity; allows leadership to align employees with the vision and direction of the company. Strategic leadership enhances company-wide performance and its ability to utilize resources (human, capital or equipment) effectively.

The plan for developing my strategic leadership skills into the future is on removing the obstacles in my team and staff’s lives. Many times an employee or team member knows their professional responsibilities and possess the potential for quality work, yet some externalities impede their results.

Opposite of exclusively assessing financial reports and statements about profits, loss, expenses, and revenue, I plan to focus on the roadblocks, obstacles and limiting beliefs that reside in the minds and lives of those I rely on to perform at elite performance levels. Empowering the individuals I lead, and the team members I collaborate with will expand my ability to lead an organization strategically.

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I have taken the test before and my results showed that my personality type is an INTJ.

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INTJs are known as the “Strategist.”

INTJs are an intellectual temperament.

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An INTJ Personality in Social and Community Settings

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As an INTJ personality, my values of intellectual (170), professional (160), and physical (140) can aid me in future endeavors because they are strengths I have spent a lifetime developing. I was fortunate to realize at a young age that I did not want kids or a family of my own. Being disciplined and focused on goals has allowed me to fulfill this lifestyle still today. Refraining from marriage and kids has willed me to develop areas within myself that other men are not able to focus on.

Most men get married and rely on their wife for their emotional development. However, the lifestyle that I have lived as an adult has focused on emotional growth, uncovering the necessary intrinsic values to succeed professionally, and exploring modern science to bring out the fullest potential of my genetics.

I have a friend from Staten Island whom I served with, in the Marine Corps.  Recently, he sent me a picture of all four of his kids, with the question, “where are your kids”? I sent him four photos of the logos that represent the four businesses I’ve created over the past ten years. I told him those were my babies, and I do look at my companies as entities that will survive me, fifty plus years from today.

The social (80) and community (80) values I scored could improve by removing the mask and letting people communicate with the genuine self.

My struggles with social environments are not related to shyness or being timid. The obstacles that present themselves are that many people act with surface level learned behaviors, and are often not representing their “true” sentiments. They are reflecting their feelings in socially acceptable manners.

As an introvert (INTJ), I have discovered how not to act, what not to say, and what to avoid, to evade people viewing me in negative ways that I do not control. There is a subtle power in commanding the flow of information when in social situations, since the ‘benefit of the doubt’ goes to the first impression.

What is lacking in extroverted charisma is made up for with in-depth thought, professional curiosity, and a one on one connection that allows me to create trust between myself and another person. All of which, comes from accepting that I will be judged by others regardless of anything I can do or control.

Being a black (INTJ) man in America, I learned from a young age that stereotypes and perceptions matter. There were many social situations I found myself in where I was the only person of color in attendance, and those scenarios taught me to accept that people will judge you.

A stranger’s prejudgment provides the opportunity to leverage their judgment to my advantage if it is not resisted or viewed as an offense. Whether it is through impressing them, turning their former perception into stark contrast, or being able to define who I am as a man against any of the men they have previously known, I will have an opportunity to make an impact.

One of the tools I have implemented into leading others in social or communal settings is by allowing people to have their previous experiences. Many people have been witness to, or a victim of, something they feel is a violation or offense against them, and they create mental barriers to protect themselves from future harm. Often that shield of protection includes blanketing an entire race or demographic of people, purely by an arbitrary association to the past.

As a leader (INTJ), when people are permitted to honor those feelings and experiences, it can create an opening for new learning and diverse associations. The respect that a leader can gain from their followers as a result of this is profound and will be the strategy I continue to improve within or leverage social situations.