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The ESTJ Personality Type

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.

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What does ESTJ stand for?

ESTJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging. ESTJ indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). ESTJs are sometimes referred to as Supervisor personalities because they tend to take charge and make sure things are done correctly.

How common is the ESTJ personality type?

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

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 Values and Motivations

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.

How Others See 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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ESTJ Hobbies and Interests

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

Facts about ESTJs

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

Quotes About ESTJs

"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

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Mel Homan (not verified) says...

I'm looking for other ESTJ's because I feel strongly disliked most of all by my INFP partner. It's breaking my heart but ppl seem to think I'm made of stone.  When I look up ESTJ I feel even more hated and disliked as is full of ppl writing horrible things about us. I don't know why ppl constantly assume negative things about my motives or reasons or think it is okay to say such horrid things. I am looking for other ESTJs because I'm struggling with it alla nd feel really confused.

Oregano says...

Hi Mel, 

I am an ENFP (which is the most introverted of the extroverted types, so I very much connect to the INFP type). I understand I am not a fellow ESTJ but I do hope that I can try to give an outward viewpoint from an xNFP type, like your partner. 

I am so sorry to hear that this is breaking your heart and that the internet isn't helping in your research of trying to understand the "why" to your plight. From my personal experience with ESTJ/ESTP's, they can be very easily judgemental and aggressive quickly. As a feeling type, this is very hard for us to deal with. We are much more sensitive and the ESTx types seem to speak at other people's expense often, at least in my case. I feel like I have to walk on eggshells with my friend because I don't want them to be mad at me and I don't want to say the wrong thing and spark judgment or an outburst. INFP's like to daydream, as well as ENFP's. We procrastinate. We see future possibilities over logical and more rational ones. We are known to long for what we do not have. 

I would recommend slowing down in speech before rushing to come to a conclusion when talking to your INFP. I also recommend trying to be more soft-hearted and understanding, emotionally. I am frankly afraid of my ESTJ/ESTP friends in some ways because they can be kind of gossipy and I never want to unintentionally give someone the wrong impression of me and then have them overexaggerate it to others, which then leads me to not be able to defend myself. 

I love the passion of your type. I love how brilliant you guys can be when you put your mind to something. You get stuff done. I wish I could better, haha. I appreciate it when your type takes the time to see things from a more emotional standpoint. I am definitely not perfect by any means. 

Just remember that your INFP partner is probably a romantic at heart and wants the daydreams to be a reality, but your partner might not know how to express that to you because you are more logical and about the here and now. I really recommend looking into the enneagram and love languages. They can really be beneficial in learning communication styles and how the other person feels and accepts love. 

I hope this gives some insight. I am sorry you are hurting through this. Sending love and prayers. 

Sidhikka Bajpai (not verified) says...

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Isa (not verified) says...

ESTJ is a broad spectrum, I'm definitely one of the more emotional ones, trying to play it more cool which is hard especially when I get impatient. From what you are writing you are definitely not made of stone, and also this would not fit to the description above. 

Comments that have been made here are usually based on subjective individual interaction with one person that had this letter combination (or thought they had it), don't put too much weight on it.

Dann Cg (not verified) says...

Find a Facebook group called ESTJ. You can share your situation there. Goo luck

Agnes Smith (not verified) says...

I am a very happy woman with the help of Lord Krish Spiritual who helped me restore my relationship with my ex husband. My name is Agnes Smith and I am from Alaska, USA. I met Lord Krish Spiritual through a testimony online and I never thought I would have my ex husband back after 4 years of separation. After my contact with his email, he told me not to worry and I would really be happy as I am now. Trusting in his words was a right decision for me. After 2 days, my ex husband called me that he wants to return back to me and live with me forever and I was very shocked. This made me believe in Lord Krish is really a very great spiritual man. Today, I am very happy to write this testimony about him and want others to testify to his power as I am currently happy in my restored marriage. Contact Lord Krish Spiritual through his email at lordkrishshrine@ gmail. com to help you solve that relationship problems in your marriage

 

abd123 (not verified) says...

this is german mentality described over here. i want to mention that estj are not only practical but also tend to perfectionism naturally. they usually are very cold, serious and unemotional, but if you find the key, they can turn to one of the friendlest&caring persons you can find.

Vihaan Thakkar (not verified) says...

These are the traits you need in a functional group, we (ESTJs) are meant to be cold and effective. We are institutionalists because we know that without institutions and order society is doomed.

sam (not verified) says...

I agree totally. I am dating one and yes. VERY COLD.

Hope (not verified) says...

You are so right I'm German n Native mix but I'm a estj I'm everything and more 

Klara lexa (not verified) says...

Me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. i felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Robinson buckler can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a (Love spell) for me. 72 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, he came back after 2 days {{robinsonbucler@gmail. com}}…………………. 🥰🥰

Klara Alexa (not verified) says...

Marriage has been restored & my husband is back after he left me and our 3 kids for another woman. After 12 years of marriage, me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. i felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Robinson buckler can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a (Love spell) for me. 72 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, he came back after 2 days _________{{robinsonbucler@gmail. com}}

ESTJ Female (not verified) says...

I think the breakdown is mostly accurate but you can tell by some of the word choices there is a bit of bias. Motivation was attributed that I don't think it's entirely accurate. An ESTJ definitely didn't write this. My ISFP husband and I have been married for 10 years. We are very loyal and devoted to one another. He feels loved and respected by me. I think the person who wrote this rightly recognize that people with this personality can be rigid but achieving their goals and maintaining successful relationships is a major intrinsic motivator to improve their interpersonal communication. I don't think it's right to say they want to control others as much as we want the people we care for to be successful based on how we Define that. 

Mel Homan (not verified) says...

How do you manage to be married to an IFNP as an ESTJfemale? My husband seems t hates me. He thinks I'm rude abrasive etc. He doesn't like who I am. It's all deeply upsetting. I have no idea how you make the combo work. I'm really looking for advice and help because I feel very broken right now and upset

panda141 (not verified) says...

Excuse me, Truity!  Your page is incomplete.  You have not provided all of the necessary information.  I would like to know what the average income level is for the ESTJ personality group.  Please add this!  I am thinking of a funeral director or a dentist.  Thank you very much!

Zack CA (not verified) says...

That's Very ESTJ of you :) (I can smell my own)

I recommend going to better source of income for career choice and location. I would use indeed.com, glassdoor.com and salary.com.

You got this!

Michele Fawcett-Long says...

Hello Panda141. You can find income by type in Truity blog post "How Your Personality Type Impacts Your Income" here:
https://www.truity.com/blog/personality-type-career-income-study

lozinho (not verified) says...

Thanks for the answer Jdawg! Its always been something ive been thinking about, but since i didn’t find any of it written on truity,  or any estj mechanics on the internet, i was afraid i wouldn’t like it after trying it. Did you work as an electircian? And if you changed job, could i ask you why? :) Was there any difficulties with the personality in this area? Im just curious 💁‍♂️ 

Lozinho (not verified) says...

Is anybody here an ESTJ mechanic or electrician? I was just wondering if  ESTJ's do any good with mechanical stuff since im thinking about studying one of these professions. 

Jdawg (not verified) says...

I love doing mechanical work and have done some electrical work as well.  I think those are great jobs for an ESTJ. 

Think and Do (not verified) says...

I have known that I am an ESTJ for a long time.  Most of the sites online hit it right on the head with their descriptions of my type.  Over the last six years I have learned to add empathy and emotion to my character type, and when I took the profile test again I was stunned to find out that I am an even stronger ESTJ now.  I agree with most on this thread that being an ESTJ rocks.  Unfortantely, while we appreciate who we are, it can be very challenging for non-thinkers, non-doers and non-traditionalists to understand and put up with us.  I have dated quite a bit and women love me because I am smart, organized, have my life completely in order, have been in a great job for a long time and generally have my stuff together.  What often happens is that this means the initial months of dating are great, then the woman comes to rely on me more like daddy than their partner.  I would love to meet a self aware, intelligent, action oriented, communicationally up front, high integrity woman who wants to be with me as much as I want to be with her.  We value our time alone, and cherish our time together.  Like all ESTJ's, I am very social, love to engage strangers as much as life long friends and would love to meet a woman who is a compliment to me - not a carbon copy.  Thanks for reading.  

ESTJ (not verified) says...

Be careful what you wish for. I tried dating other ESTJs when I was younger and it was a nightmare! We would just battle for control constantly and both want to be the dominant one in the relationship. And as a woman, it is usually (not always, but as a general rule) expected that you act cute, submissive and at least a bit needy at times. The stereotypical idea of a woman is not the ESTJ. I think it's considered a bit more attractive in men, since ESTJ traits tend to be quite 'masculine' ('can do' attitude, very logical, not very emotional, etc). A lot of men, especially ESTJ types, seem to dislike those traits in a woman. The ESTJ men I dated all had the same complaints... they didn't feel like I needed them (I didn't, I wanted them), they didn't like the fact that I was so independent, and they found me too coldly logical for a woman if we ever disagreed (I think they were used to non-ESTJ types and hated dealing with someone who wouldn't just give in). An ESTJ dating an ESTJ sounds like a great idea on paper, but in reality you just have the exact same problems but now doubled. I do much better with someone who compliments me. The only thing I would really struggle with is a very emotional and sensitive person. I need a logical 'thinker'.

Myra (not verified) says...

ESTJ Friend,

I love your independent, logic and pragmatic, non-feminine traits!!! You're so cool and please don't be conformed to the men who don't know how to love, respect and cherish a very brilliant you. I know a sister at church who is ESTJ, she's married to a INFJ who is somewhat sensitive and emotional (thanks to I and F) and yet still a highly logical thinker (thanks to the N and J). They seem doing pretty fine! It may make a complimentary pair. 
 

INTJ Friend

Klara Alexa (not verified) says...

my broken Marriage has been restored & my husband is back after he left me and our 3 kids for another woman. After 12 years of marriage, me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. i felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Robinson buckler can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a (Love spell) for me. 72 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, he came back after 2 days _________{{robinsonbucler@gmail. com}}

Michael Keith Helms (not verified) says...

You need an INFP...we've been married for 16 years with few problems after the inital few years

ND (not verified) says...

Totally agree with your comments.  I'm ESTJ and was married to an ESTJ.  Many things you mentioned played out in our marriage and caused major problems.  We are now divorced.  Hope to find a personality type that naturally fits best w/ ESTJ.

Sanjay Gore (not verified) says...

I am happy to know my personality is ESTJ though need help to develop as ENFpinspiring & ENTp visionary 

That would shape up my character 

Any thoughts...

MrKiemura (not verified) says...

Start dating ENFP as ESTJ. Challenging opposite, you probably do not have anybody in your social circle as these two types avoid each other. But if you happen to dat one ENFP...and survive...you will have learnt something a lot. The idea is that either you can associate with people compatible with you and not being challenged as you are or you can associate yourself with somebody who is absolutely challenging to you as person...which is tough, painful....but it gives to you an opportunity to grow.

RachaelC (not verified) says...

Hi all... I have been trying to research myself for once... I usually get deep into details and pickup on the slightest things... most of what I read says that we estj hold jobs for long time... I have a problem with that... once I work somewhere I am very determined to do my part and people tend to feel like I am showing them up or something or even the male bosses seem intimidated... I am currently an admin assitant running the office on my own no help literally... while they are training me same time to be operations support assistant... it is too much I know I can do it all but not as fast as they would like... so the other isue is once I don't feel appreciated for the effort and time I put in... I just want to leave I don't want to stay where not respected... like I usually come in an hour early and stay over by an hour to get the work done... any suggestions for high paying career without having to go back to college... please and thank you!

ESTJ (not verified) says...

Have you considered setting up as a contractor or starting your own company? You can hire people to fill in the skills you lack, while retaining control over managing and structuring everything.

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.

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.

Deano (not verified) says...

Im an estj and my wife an infj and all i can say is i wish i was more caring about not only her feelings but empathetic in general. It hurts to see our relationship in disarray.  I do love her but i have hurt her too much to believe me. Are there any words of wisdom / advice from you since you are married to the same personality type as mine? Thanks. Shes a good woman. Too good for me.

barry badp (not verified) says...

change your personality. Nobody voluntarily wants to be around an estj. Stop judging, let people live their own lives, work on yourself before you turn to others. Or just leave your poor wife aline. 

Guest (not verified) says...

I don't know if this is still useful to you, but my parents had this paring and similar problems. My dad would try and try to fix it by trying to make her spend time together like he thought people 'should',  always missing the point that all my mother needed was a bit of space to do her own thing and a genuine appreciation for her own differences and cintributions. If you want to fix it, give her the time and freedom to be herself, and don't tell yourself that you already do that, because you probably don't...you just think you do and that's the problem. 

Terralyn (not verified) says...

Deano,  aI I'mhope imI not too late! I'm a female ESTJ and my best friend is a female INFJ.  I absolutely cherish my friend and her feelings. She has helped me grow a lot. You should read up on her personality. Her strengths are your weaknesses. Read about INFJ friendships. I think you will see what attracted you to her. When I read about her personality, it made me feel good about who  I am, which is no surprise. I call her my maximizer. She helps me to sort out my thoughts and has given me the courage to step out of the ESTJ box. Best regards

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

Sandra

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.

MariBossa2016 (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

BRUH????????????????????????????

 

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.

manic (not verified) says...

i feel partially leaderistic and yet follower as well.

ESTJ (not verified) says...

I'm happy to follow someone if I a) respect them and/or b) have a lot of room to do things my own way within the loose boundaries they set.

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...

An I to would catch that as well. :)

LeslieESTJ (not verified) says...

"And I, too, would catch that as well." <- Hi, I'm an ESTJ.

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