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ESTJ in a Nutshell

ESTJs are hardworking traditionalists, eager to take charge in organizing projects and people. Orderly, rule-abiding, and conscientious, ESTJs like to get things done, and tend to go about projects in a systematic, methodical way.

ESTJs are the consummate organizers, and want to bring structure to their surroundings. They value predictability and prefer things to proceed in a logical order. When they see a lack of organization, the ESTJ often takes the initiative to establish processes and guidelines, so that everyone knows what's expected.

What Makes the ESTJ Tick

ESTJs are conventional, factual, and grounded in reality. For the ESTJ, the proof is in the past: what has worked and what has been done before. They value evidence over conjecture, and trust their personal experience. ESTJs look for rules to follow and standards to meet, and often take a leadership role in helping other people meet expectations as well. They concern themselves with maintaining the social order and keeping others in line.

ESTJs often take on a project manager role at home as well as at work, and excel at setting goals, making decisions, and organizing resources to accomplish a task. The ESTJ wants to achieve efficient productivity and typically believes this is best accomplished when people and systems are well organized.

Recognizing the ESTJ

ESTJs command a situation, with the sense that they know how things should go and are ready to take charge to make sure that it happens. They are task-oriented and put work before play. Confident and tough-minded, the ESTJ appears almost always to be in control. ESTJs appreciate structure and often begin to organize as soon as they enter a room. They want to establish the ground rules and make sure everyone does what they’re supposed to.

ESTJs are often involved in institutions: clubs, associations, societies, and churches, where they usually take a leadership role. They typically connect with others through sharing ritual and routine. Social interaction for ESTJs often means following an established tradition to engage with others in a structured way. ESTJs tend to respect and seek out hierarchy. They want to know who’s in charge, and will assign levels of responsibility if none exist. Once a structure is in place, ESTJs typically trust authority figures and expect obedience from people of lower rank.

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Famous ESTJs

Famous ESTJs include Colin Powell, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, George Washington, Sandra Day O’Connor, Mike Wallace, and Vince Lombardi.

ESTJ in the Population

ESTJ is the fifth most common type in the population, and the second most common among men. ESTJs make up:

  • 9% of the general population
  • 11% of men
  • 6% of women

Popular Hobbies for the ESTJ

Popular hobbies for the ESTJ include building and repairing things around the home, gardening, volunteering, community service, and playing and watching sports.

What the Experts Say

"The ESTJs solve problems by expertly applying and adapting past experience. They like work where they can achieve immediate, visible, and tangible results."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"These Supervisors are eager to enforce the rules and procedures, and they can be serious about seeing to it that others toe the mark—or else face the consequences."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"As a general rule ESTJs will rise to the top of almost any organization."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts About ESTJ

Interesting facts about the ESTJ:

  • On personality trait measures, likely to score as Contented, Energetic, Prejudiced, Self-Satisfied, and Practical
  • More likely than other types to exhibit Type A behavior
  • Of all types, scored highest in coping resources (with ENFP)
  • Ranked 3rd highest in marital satisfaction among all types
  • Among top four types in college GPA
  • Least likely of all types to think about suicide in college
  • Among most likely to stay in college
  • Among types most satisfied with their work
  • High-ranking personal values include Health, Financial Security, Achievement, and Prestige
  • Overrepresented among bank officers, financial managers, and business owners

Source: MBTI Manual

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Doug Carr (not verified) says...

It seems to be right on target with a lot of things. However, I do like my alone time of being an introvert.

Guest (not verified) says...

You may be an ISTJ...

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel the same way

Guest (not verified) says...

then you are probably an istj

Les (not verified) says...

Me too Doug! I do like my chill out time where I endulge in things that boost my creativity and make me think about things non-work related. Best example is a stage performer who behind the stage keeps to him/herself, is quiet, reads books in the corner, etc. However once they hit the stage, a change occurs and!

jesshorselover221 (not verified) says...

this is good KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Tanny (not verified) says...

The estj profile for me is almost exactly the way I am. However, on ocassion I am willing to stray out of confirmity.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree and

Ren (not verified) says...

I think it's important to note that it's not "conform no matter what", but "stick to successful strategy unless it doesn't work anymore". That's how I feel about a lot of civil rights issues. If it were working under the present conditions, I'd let it slide, but when our society is pressuring conformity without logical reasoning, then it's time to change.

Guest (not verified) says...

I need to find a partner that is an estj

amina.x.amara says...

if you're a man , then I am the woman for you ! But what is your profile ?

Riley Martin (not verified) says...

I am so happy with my personality it is siiiickkk

Jason Hawkins (not verified) says...

i agree with it because i do like to get stuff done and i work

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi ESTJ. I'm am INTP who enjoys finding like minded people like myself which isn't easy. Being a female INTP is about 2% or so of the planet - the so called elusive. So here I am online to find a decent conversation. I basically harass/and or enjoy talking to everyone - depending on their MB type of course. I am especially drawn to ESTJ's however. In a way quite the opposite. BUT wait. Not completely. I love to shake up the ESTJ's- tradition, order, socially acceptable behavior. How boring. But hey, they are great as the THINKERS. Yes that is the good part. The logic. I say, just take that beautiful sensible logic, authority and confidence, to determine when to take that elevator home at 4:30 like the other slackers to take a walk on the beach. Since you only live once. Yes, that is a fact- you only live once. Too bad for you poor hardworking ESTJ's. Missing out on all the fun, all work and no play. Thats what your MB profile says. I work for the money baby. To stash it away. To be an ESTJ and work for work sake sounds like a death sentence. LOL. Just having fun here, just joking around tonight. :)

lovely lokaa . (not verified) says...

it worked for mee

Guest (not verified) says...

Anyone else catch the narrator saying, "And 6 percent of females." when the graph shows 8 percent? (around 2:12)

Guest (not verified) says...

Ha!! We are all ESTJs, so likely we all caught that. :)

Guest (not verified) says...

Or an intp. Reading this forum is cracking me up. The estjs are in love with themselves lol. But really that is a good thing overall.

Guest (not verified) says...

An I to would catch that as well. :)

Guest (not verified) says...

An I to would catch that as well. :)

manic (not verified) says...

i feel partially leaderistic and yet follower as well.

MariBossa2016 (not verified) says...

I'm not alone. This makes me happy. FACTS..... Leaders rule!! And women rock!!! Go ESTJ's!!!!!

Ignacio Beltrán (not verified) says...

That´s what my best friend, a Psychologist says. However, he hates to accept my superior arrival to conclusions. Of course, I kindly point to the good points of his logic and we continue to be friends.

Guest (not verified) says...

Keep getting estj in personality tests. Couldn't agree more and this is why I never understood things theoretical and never got why people get so emotional in life let alone films and entertainment. I'm so different from everyone in my immediate family that I believe I'm adopted at times.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hello Everyone:

I liked all the descriptions except the jobs that I wouldn't like,because they were exactly the ones I would like: librarian social scientist and more. What about you?


Shazad (not verified) says...

This was very interesting, as I took an extensive test and I got ESTJ.
I am very confident and some people can't handle my straight forward attitude. I am a business man and I am very structured and have a certain way of doing things.
My quarters are uncluttered and I have organized everything.
I was very hesitant about these tests but this has been spot on as to who I am.
ESTJs rule, I love my self regardless of how people think I am.
I like my principles and I have served in the army also, as I am getting older I find it very interesting of the person I am becoming.

Rehana (not verified) says...

I have gone through the analysis of ESTJ and agree with all that has been written with regards to the personality traits of this type. More or less I do [posses these qualities and feel so nice when i read it as it helps me understand myself better. Thanks

Mindy K. Shadle (not verified) says...

This describes me very well. I have a lot in common with what this says.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an infp and I love my estj girlfriend. She gets things done and she knows how she wants things. I admire her for it.

brianhatcher31 says...

Hmm . I am am ESTJ, but years ago I thought I was an INFJ. My tests almost always show a balance from 45% to 52% str8 across the board with All the types. But I am at 58% at ESTJ these days. My Dad was strict so I was forced to play the introvert and be quiet and more perceptive. Anyway... my wife is an INFJ.....maddening! Lol.

Morgan Ward (not verified) says...

After taking the test, and reviewing what the studies have described me to be, I would agree strongly with all of this. I am an athlete, and I love to take control and know that the situation is in control and structured. I love to know what is expected, and for everyone to have the same idea and guidelines for the assignment/project.

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