ISTJ + ENTJ compatibility, relationships, dating

So, are ISTJs and ENTJs compatible? Yes and no.

Even though this relationship is not the most ideal one, it can work pretty well in some cases. There are many ways in which ISTJs and ENTJs can complement each other, especially in the workplace, but if they don’t have much in common (not personality wise, but interest wise) then this relationship can be troublesome.

Roles in society also play an important factor here. For example, an ENTJ can work spectacularly well with ISTJ employees but if it’s the other way around conflict can arise often. This happens because ENTJs like to question authority and ISTJs usually respect authority without much question. When an ENTJ is the employee, she will often question plans and procedures thinking they are negotiable and that they can be better and more efficient. Not all ISTJs will be open enough to have their plans and orders questioned and the ENTJ might be seen as a rebel or an enemy.

If the ENTJ is in a higher position, things will go more smoothly as ISTJs are happy to be given a task and be left alone. As ENTJs are not micromanagers, they don’t mind giving employees autonomy as long as they produce good results.


Roles in society and gender roles play a big part in this area too. In general, ENTJ males mix better with ISTJ females than the other way around. This happens because ISTJ males are traditional and they might not be open enough to tolerate a strong, argumentative ENTJ woman. An ENTJ male – ISTJ female relationship, on the other hand, can work pretty well because ENTJ males generally look for a woman who is emotionally stable and reliable.

It should also be mentioned that the N-S divide might present a problem in communicating passion and ideas so an ENTJ should be aware that not all ISTJs will feel as excited over new ideas and projects as they are. An ENTJ might also be asked to slow down often because ISTJs are not too big on intuition and they like to reason without jumping from place to place.


This might be the best area of life for an ENTJ and an ISTJ to get along. If they have similar interests they can spend hours in conversation without getting bored. A relationship can be built based on loyalty, trust and being there for each other when help is needed because both ENTJ and ISTJ tend to be reliable and responsible individuals.

To summarize:

- ENTJs like responsibility, dependability and emotional stability in ISTJs
- Some conflict may arise if an ISTJ is in a higher position in an organization than an ENTJ and if the ISTJ is not open minded enough because an ENTJ will always have suggestions on how to do something better
- ENTJ males should mix better with ISTJ females than the other way around
- It’s generally easy for these two types to establish a friendship if they have similar interests