Overview (Introverted Intuition + Thinking)
The Strategist’s mind combines intuition and logic for the strategic purposes of calculating the risks and resulting preferred strategies in approaching life, the future, and the unconscious. They tend to appear detached from the physical world, despite their practical thinking. Their areas of expertise typically surround the sciences, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, robotics, chess, and occasionally the arts (such as filmmaking or fiction).
Strategy is important because the resources available to achieve goals are usually limited. Strategy generally involves setting goals and priorities, determining actions to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions. A strategy describes how the ends (goals) will be achieved by the means (resources). Strategy can be intended or can emerge as a pattern of activity as the organization adapts to its environment or competes. It involves activities such as strategic planning and strategic thinking.
Max McKeown (2011) argues that “strategy is about shaping the future” and is the human attempt to get to “desirable ends with available means“. Dr. Vladimir Kvint defines strategy as “a system of finding, formulating, and developing a doctrine that will ensure long-term success if followed faithfully.”
Strategy includes processes of formulation and implementation; strategic planning helps coordinate both. However, strategic planning is analytical in nature (i.e., it involves “finding the dots”); strategy formation itself involves synthesis (i.e., “connecting the dots”) via strategic thinking. As such, strategic planning occurs around the strategy formation activity.
The Strategist will be in their natural element if they engage in activities and projects that require strategic thinking and strategic planning to deepen their insights, evade personal losses, and meet a personally significant future aim.
Main Functions (Ni + Te)
The Strategist’s view on the world covers both a far and small reach. The focus is on calculating and intuitively assessing risks and future developments based on trend and pattern cognition from past events, so that past mistakes won’t be committed again. These future (risks) calculations start within their own personal life, but often extends to politics and more worldly affairs. Typically, the Strategist’s predictions in the realm of sciences and politics are quite accurate (though they may fall short in the field of human interactions, where the Psychoanalyst is more skilled.)
They have a keen awareness of how one event leads to another; that can make the Strategist have a 6th sense-like ability to foresee or anticipate future developments. Hence it is rare to catch a Strategist off-guard in terms of timely situational developments, due to that insight, which they have in common with The Psychoanalyst. Typically, they will have “experienced” the occurrence already in their (unconscious) minds, well in advance.
The Strategist doesn’t require a long life fraught with trials and errors to arrive at their intuitive insights like other types. Their intuitive abilities are rather well-developed from an early age. Those insights may not be concrete, but they guide their life nonetheless; unconsciously “knowing” when they should arrive or avoid a situation to evade harm, when they can anticipate a certain event.
Despite this foresight, the Strategist is somewhat cut off from the tangible, physical world around them. They lack physical presence and the understanding of how to pressurize their opponents effectively. To do so, they primarily rely on logical extrapolations, factual evidence and intuitive insights. Such insights may concern the nature of humankind, or more abstractly and objectively the nature of the world at large. Many Strategists support these insights with mathematical calculations, data collection, and/or philosophize over what they have “seen“ to be true.
External Focus (Te > Se)
The Strategist is concerned with following a life of minimized risks, downfalls, personal ruin, and avoidable harm. Their practical logic and business acumen usually aids them in avoiding life-altering mistakes. Typically, every action of theirs is well-calculated and predetermined by logic. This results in either quite a structured, diligent, productive approach, or in contrast a life fraught with physical inactivity.
The Strategist has the tendency to delay carrying out an action or employing force, even though they require and would welcome it. It usually takes them more time than for the average person to mobilize their forces and strength. This usually shows up in their personal life as a great hesitance to create certain kinds of relationships, both platonic and/or romantic.
Super-Ego (Si + Fe)
The Strategist may go through periods in their life where they try to look after their health, physical appearance, or delight in physical sensations, but often times these periods are quite short-lived, lack in proficiency and deeper personal interest.
External Behaviour (Weak Fe)
Even though the Strategist is commonly quite interested in social and political dynamics, they often appear to be surprisingly cold, detached, and visibly unemotional in interactions with other people. Their faces are rarely or awkwardly animated, often “stone-faced”, and they may feel pressured or bothered by social conventions of showing and employing emotional affect, in order to steer people – that is not their strong nor preferred suit.
Internal Aim (Fi)
This weakness in outward emotionality can be contrasted by a deep inner vault of personal sentiments, which can express itself as pronounced moralism. The Strategist’s intuitive insights and inner feelings may result in impressive works of art, which are often carried out with the help of advanced technology or dealing with science-fiction themes. In this area, the Strategist may resemble the Aesthete.
The Ego of the Strategist
The Super-Id (valued but weak)
The weakest Functions:
The strongest Functions:
INTJ (MBTI), ILI (Socionics)
There are 3 specific subtype variations of the Strategist.
Ni Subtype (Classic Introvert)
Ni subtype Strategists share most of those traits:
- Stereotypically introverted
- more inwardly emotional
- more artistic
- more philosophical
- less physical/”embodied”
Te Subtype (Extroverted Introvert / “Ambiverted”)
Te subtype Strategists share most of those traits:
- ”Ambiverted” (can be mistaken for an extrovert)
- more practically-minded
- more business acumen
- more active
- more scientific/mathematical
Note: Don’t mistake Jungian “ambiversion” with sociable Enneagram instinctual stackings, like So/Sp and Sx/So. If you are an introvert with one of those stackings, you’ll come across as “ambiverted”, even if you don’t have that subtype!
No Subtype (Standard Type)
A Strategist who falls into both categories more or less is mostly likely the No subtype kind.
- More principled and moralistic (Type 1)
- more detached and niche (Type 5)
- more vigilant and (dis)obedient (Type 6).
If you are not a Type 1, 5, nor 6, then you are most likely not The Strategist. But make sure you are correctly typed. You can book a Get•Typed session here.
Least compatible: (Coming soon)
*Note: These types can occasionally be less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram Tritype.
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Note: Of course there are strategists who possess a different personality type, so please do not assume that all strategists in the world fit this personality type! I call the Introverted Intuition + Thinking personality type “The Strategist” not only because they are usually strategical, but also because this personality structure personifies the archetype the best. The best strategists in the world will have this personality type.