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    Unknown Personality


    What are the most common personality types of CEO´s?

    Please list the 3 most common types for CEO´s (chief executive officer) of large companies.
    1 being the most common in your opinion.

    You can also give some examples, names of CEO´s

    I was surprised at this example I found on YouTube of Angela Ahrendts, Burberry CEO, On Her Leadership Style.
    I think she is a rare CEO.
    She seems "xNFx" rather than "xNTx"



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    INTJ - The Scientists

    The top two most common are probably ESTJ and ENTJ.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics


    ^Where's your 3rd choice?

    My opinion (in order):
    1. ENTJ
    2. ESTJ
    3. ENTP

    Angela seems to be an INTJ.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    ENTJs and ESTJs tend to be really good at the skills that get one promoted to senior management, but by and large i've not found them acceptable to work for or to be able to inspire the best performance from their team members. I'm sure some really great ENTJ/ESTJ managers learn how to be excellent at what they do and learn to manage different personality types. I've had maybe two of those managers ever.

    (Semi-digression: Manager Tools is really excellent about managers' need to build relationships, and Johanna Rothman's books seem to be really good, although i've only read the excerpts and her blog.)
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I would guess:

    1. ENTJ
    2. ESTJ
    3. I think it depends on the area... but INTJs can be if they feel motivated to.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    it really depends on the company. by and large i seriously doubt the most common type is entj, simply because there are more estjs and esfjs, and the fact that most companies require great communication skills together with interpersonal skills before pure hard decision making and strategic skills. in women dominated occupations most leaders are esfjs.
    i would say that most leadership positions does not require great intellectual skills, and that the famous entjs leader is a myth. leadership is more learned than natural, and that is something i suspect most people have a tendancy to forget.
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    Unknown Personality

    yeah, I would agree with ENTJ and ESTJ. but really any type can if they learn or are driven to do so. like I read somewhere (and I think it's true) that if you see someone who's very much an I interacting with someone who's able to make them leave their shell they would seem like an E. if an I is comfortable and rises to CEO, and wants to make their vision a reality, they probably could do it. it's just that Is don't instantly seek these positions.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Ventricity View Post
    ...i seriously doubt the most common type is entj, simply because there are more estjs and esfjs, and the fact that most companies require great communication skills together with interpersonal skills before pure hard decision making and strategic skills.
    Well, the population advantage might or might not be relevant. If ENTJs are more successful per capita at getting promoted (or at entrepreneurship) than ESTJ/ESFJs, they might make up for the deficit. You can see why N would be a very useful thing for a senior mgr to have, although i'm not sure that it gets rewarded at every step leading up to it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ventricity View Post
    i would say that most leadership positions does not require great intellectual skills, and that the famous entjs leader is a myth.
    I haven't heard the myth, but i've never though that reaching senior leadership requires great intellectual skill. Hell, getting elected President of the US doesn't require great intellectual skill (which is not a commentary on the incumbent, but might be a commentary on some previous occupant of the role).

    Quote Originally Posted by Ventricity View Post
    leadership is more learned than natural, and that is something i suspect most people have a tendancy to forget.
    I suspect it's some of both. I wonder if any business school (or other) researchers have looked into this.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I have to agree with ESTJ and ENTJ, my dad is an ENTJ and he's an entrepreneur/CEO of a real estate lending company. Being an INFJ, that kind of job tends to bore and scare me at the same time. I think the work, meetings, etc that are no problem for him, can be very tediously dull and it would be too much responsibility for me. I tend to lean towards a more creative ideal that reflects my artistic interests, than my more logical, business-minded father.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    There are far more ESTP CEOs than there are ESTJ CEOs.
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