Are ISTJ personality types really good managers? I work as a project manager and for a number of reasons, there are good fits, but in many situations and because of the need to interact with people and manage others deliverables, it can be very frustrating. My challenge is that planning and putting together the details of the program or project can be very rewarding as it is detailed work, however, dealing with people constantly, and more importantly, having to follow up with people about their deliverables and the quality and getting them to be consistent to what is agreed upon, not so much.

I'm looking at accounting and keep finding that ISTJ are identified as good accountants.


lexie.white says...

I am not an ISTJ, but rather an INTP. However, based off what I know about the ISTJ type, it seems like they would make great managers! Their well-developed introverted sensing and extraverted thinking probably means you're very organized and meticulous, which is great for managerial occupations. With regards to your introversion, however, my biggest advice (being an introvert myself) is to just give yourself an adequate amount of time to yourself. With dominant introverted sensing, I think the best way for you to recharge your batteries would most likely be to either read your favourite book or watch a movie, meditate on past events which will allow you to draw from your past personal experiences to help shape your future. Do some writing! Anything that allows you to withdraw into yourself for a little while to regain your energy.
Although I'm not an ISTJ, I'm an IxTx and these are the things I do in my downtime when I've had too much social interaction!


Tony S (not verified) says...

I am an ISTJ, an old man now, and I spent nearly 30 years working in IT (a good logical place for a fact-oriented thinker to end up).

I covered nearly all the areas in IT, including two spells as a project manager. Most of the necessary skills I had - producing feasibility studies, technical layouts and specifications, scheduling, producing reports, allocation of tasks etc.

The problem doesn't lie in the STJ part of the personality. It lies in the I part. Dealing with customers, you have at times to get into discussions about what is needed. Simply presenting a report and saying that those are my conclusions seems OK to the likes of myself, but customers often need more persuasion - selling powers, call it what you will. Normally I needed a team member who was more "persuasive" to accompany me because I hated the negotiation part. Eventually the customer might accept the solution, but it was more my colleague's endeavours that got us there than my own.

Then there is the other problem within the team - man management. When you have someone who is not performing, for whatever reason, getting them to work harder, or more accurately, can be a problem. I am very good at keeping my own professionalism in place, handling other people's approaches and telling them (politely or otherwise) that better is expected .... Not my scene at all.

An ESTJ would be perfect for this type of role. If there are no likely problems with team members and there is someone on the team who is excellent at making presentations and answering questions from people in doubt, then an ISTJ could also do it, but the "if" in the first part of this sentence is important. I found it far better making a career as a test analyst consultant, as the communication skills were less demanding.

nawells721 says...

I am an ISTJ. I'm in the military, and my civilian job title is a security escort. I am often placed in positions of leadership, which is great, but can be extremely frustrating when the lazy people on my team refuse to work as hard as everyone else. I hate conflict (my conflict avoidance is quite high for an ISTJ), but I hate laziness more. When others won't cooperate even when I nag, I tend to give up and just quietly pick up the slack by doing both my job and the job of the lazy person (if asked, I will rat the lazy person out, but only when asked). My motto is "it's not my job to trust you" but, unfortunately, 1 or 2 of my fellow security escorts seem to live by the motto of "if I've escorted you enough times, then I can surely trust you." So, I have to pick up the slack and stare the crew members down like a hawk, which has led to more than one crew member complaining that I'm too paranoid or too strict. This drives me absolutely crazy. But anyway, my answer to your question is that dealing with slackers will be the worst part of management or any kind of leadership position. If you can handle that, I'm sure you'll do fine. Be prepared to have a lot of patience and expect some future confrontations if you go into management.

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