The Strategist (INTJ + ILI)


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 film directing).

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.

Purpose Role: The Strategist will be in their natural element when they engage in projects that require strategic thinking (by the use of logically analyzing and dissecting an issue) 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 in a future operation. 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, business, technology, and sometimes politics are quite accurate (though they may fall short in the field of human interactions, where the Psychospiritualist 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 Psychospiritualist. 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 a wealth of logical extrapolations, factual evidence and intuitive insights, well-suited to the issue at hand. 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. Their practical logic and business acumen often aids them in avoiding life-altering mistakes (in business). Typically, every action of theirs is well-calculated and predetermined by logic.

This results in either quite a structured, diligent, productive approach, with a great ability to “streamline” and make (work) processes more efficient or understandable; or in contrast a life fraught with physical inactivity and disengagement, anticipating the development and moves of processes, but not engaging with them nor shaping their path to the Strategist’s own will.

The Strategist has the strong tendency to delay carrying out an action or employing force in all areas of life, 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.

Unvalued Functions

Strong Introverted Thinking and Extroverted Intuition (Ti + Ne)

The Strategist is typically well-able at explaining matters in simple and coherent terms, has a well-developed grasp on theoretical frameworks, often redefining and reconfiguring them to suit their own personal insights of the world’s “ways”. In contrast to the System Builder, the Strategist will also discover new overarching patterns and distill (new-found) underlying meanings behind them.

Unvalued Weak Internal Sensing (Si)

The Strategist may go through periods in their life where they try to look after their health, physical appearance, or delight in internal physical sensations, but often times these periods are quite short-lived, lack in proficiency and deeper personal interest. They naturally are rather detached and out of touch with their bodies.

External Behaviour (Weak Fe)

Even though some Strategists can be quite interested in social and political dynamics, they usually appear to be surprisingly emotionally detached or visibly unemotional in interactions with other people, often without their awareness. Their faces can be rarely or awkwardly animated, often “stone-faced”, and they may feel bothered by social conventions of showing and employing emotional affect, in order to steer people – that is not their strong nor preferred suit. They typically find it difficult to read other people’s emotions and if they have to rely on such assessments, they will feel bothered, if not helpless.

They often have difficulties with maneuvering the social or emotional atmosphere in social settings according to external standards and may even (unconsciously) position themselves against those. They are inclined to voice an opinion, even if it could ruin the emotional atmosphere, and they might be generally unaware of the emotional atmosphere as a whole, which can lead to some awkward interactions. For instance, they might be (non-deliberately) inclined not to cry (or to cry) in situations where that would be considered inappropriate by the consensus.

Internal Aim at Internal Feeling (Fi)

This weakness in outward emotionality can be contrasted by a deep inner vault of personal sentiments, which can express itself as pronounced moralism. Some Strategists will deliberately attempt to create a moral framework for how to interact on an individual basis, but it tends to be either too static or lack emotional nuance/complexity.

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, some Strategists may resemble the Aesthete.

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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.

Type Compatibility

Most compatible:

Least compatible: The Host

*Note: These types can occasionally be less compatible due to mismatching Enneagram.


The Ego of the Strategist

  1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  2. Extroverted Thinking (Te)

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.

Those variations can be grouped into Ni (Introverted Intuition) subtype and Te (Extroverted Thinking) subtype.

Ni Subtype (Classic Introvert)

Ni subtype Strategists share most of those traits:

  • Stereotypically introverted
  • more inwardly emotional
  • more artistic
  • more philosophical
  • less physical/”embodied”

Can be mistaken for INFJ / IEI.

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

Can be mistaken for ENTJ, ESTJ, ISTJ / LIE, LSE, SLI.

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.

Enneagram Types

  • 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.

Last Update: May 2021


  1. Why would the author of this page confuse people with new definitions of Socionics types, like Strategist and Psychoanalyst, etc., when the creator of the Socionics, Aušra Augustinavičiūtė already have given names for the types and described them in her books. (For example “strategist” described here is “Balzak”) This TVT typology with just new names to the types is just a soft copy of the Socionics typing system and may be seen as plagiarism. Since I am myself INTP/Balzak type, this is just unprofessional to me, that someone like “personality coach” would plagiarize another system and give it it’s own name.


    • People who are well-versed with Socionics have accused me of “mixing” the systems in a way that is not acceptable, hence I should coin the “mix” of both a new system.

      In MBTI circles and even in Socionics circles, it is common practice to give one type several different names. For example, Reinin calls IEI “Tutankhamun” in his own book.

      My articles feature Socionics and Carl Jung related links, so I don’t see how it classifies as plagiarism in the strictest sense. But I can see why one could see it as such.


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