Personality Type

INTJ

"Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.

"I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence." ~ Ayrton Senna

"One man is worth ten thousand if he is extraordinary." ~ Heraclitus.

"Why stand in the spotlight when you can control it?" ~ George Orwell

"People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do something until it's right, and then I move on to the next thing." ~ James Cameron

INTJ - Architect

Overview of The Architect Style

  • I – Introvert (outward) Focus
  • N – Intuitive Framing
  • T – Thinking Response
  • J – Judging Approach
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Architects possess the rare combination of contradictions – they are intuitive (framing) yet highly logical. They love the big picture but are very decisive. Architects are able to get a lot done; they are very determined, tough and decisive. Architects can perceive the whole and be strategic as well as being great planners who are able to formulate a plan and execute it. Architects are very reliable and resourceful. They can conceive the vision and build it.

Architects are highly skeptical and can sometimes be blunt or even seem rude when their theories are tested. They have little patience for emotional discussion or trivial small talk. They are formidable debaters and will be ready with facts to support their view. Anyone wanting to challenge an Architect should have their facts ready or the Architect will dismiss their point of view.

Architects are highly principled, which gives them confidence and assurance. Their rational approach is firmly rooted in logic, yet they have the ability to envision new ways, methods and processes.

Communicating with The Architect

Be prepared when communicating with an Architect. They will only discuss what they are prepared to discuss. With an inward focus, they prefer to contemplate and prepare before contributing to a discussion. They’ll challenge anyone that isn’t prepared with facts. They dislike repeating themselves and may refer to prior, written communications such as, “As stated in my April 4th email …” Architects tend to be excellent with written communication, which allows them to thoughtfully prepare their answers and what they want to convey. They do not enjoy brainstorming or being asked to verbally commit to a decision without time to research and reflect. A best practice when communicating with Architects is to present the discussion topic beforehand, providing the “why” (big picture goal). This will allow them time to prepare before sitting down for a discussion. Architects prefer formalized communication and tend to lose patience with seemingly pointless small talk.

Conflict

Architects prefer avoiding interpersonal conflict, as well as conflict based on emotions. They will vehemently defend and want to win any conflict that impinges on their beliefs. When an Architect is sure he or she is correct, they’ll defend their stance with well thought out arguments and supporting logic.

In a conflict situation with an Architect, be prepared with facts and appeal to their intellect and not their emotions. Help them see the logic in resolving the disagreement.

Relationships

Architects are difficult to get to know. They can be dismissive of anyone they do not find their intellectual equal, which can come across as arrogant. This is actually a process of utility for an Architect. As highly resourceful individuals, Architects prefer to invest their time where it does the most good.

Architects tend to have a small group of close friends yet will also have acquaintances they feel are win-win business relationships, such as those with industry association members where they can exchange ideas.

Strengths

  • Strategic and tactical thinking - Architects are intuitive and can visualize how the whole fits together, and can also execute on that strategy. They are highly disciplined planners and resourceful in getting things done.

  • Decisive - Architects have a dislike of ambiguity and work to reduce it. They’ll make decisions by categorizing choices as “right and logical” or “wrong.”

  • Dependable and determined - Architects get things done and work hard to finish what they start. They dislike loose ends and will stay the course and on-task until a project or task is complete.

Challenges

  • Judgmental - Architects have a strength in being decisive, but can also be closed-minded, choosing not to see gray areas of a situation, particularly if emotions are brought into a decision. They will judge a situation and it will be difficult for them to break from their opinion. They’ll fight hard for their own judgements and can be dismissive of others.

  • Relationships - Architects are confident and highly effective, so admitting a mistake is difficult for them. In relationships, emotions can run high, which is very challenging and uncomfortable for Architects. They will over-analyze and discuss facts, but relationships with depth and closeness can suffer in these instances.

  • Stubborn - Architects are so sure of their own decisions, knowledge and research that they can have difficulty seeing other points of view.

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