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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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Wryyyy (not verified) says...

I work with an ESTJ and I'm an INFJ ....I cannot stand them anymore and I feel an INFJ door slam about to happen. 

Infjoy (not verified) says...

Haha haha, good one 

ESTJ (not verified) says...

I think any 'feeling' types will struggle with ESTJs as they we both logical AND extroverted, which leads to a lot of (what ESTJs see as) logical and accurate speech being taken (by the F types) as blunt, cold and deliberately hurtful. Not a good combination, unless both know one another very well.

amina.x.amara says...

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

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.

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 agree and

jesshorselover221 (not verified) says...

this is good KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

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.

Ritche (not verified) says...

The difference between "introvert" and "extrovert" in briggs myers personality is not literal. Think of it as "where you draw your strenght". An extrovert person is always at their best when they are surrounded and supported by others. On the other hand, an introvert person is always best when they are alone - meaning they are most productive when they are alone. Every extrovert would always yearn for "alone time", likewise introverts would always have a point they want to be with other as well (we are social beings). But when it comes to shining spotlights on your strengths and capabilities, introverts tend to be best alone (or working with limited individuals), while extroverts are more successful when they are with others.

Teresa Jean Heupel (not verified) says...

Just because you like alone time does not mean you are an introvert. We all need time away from others to regroup and reframe. :)


not doug (not verified) says...

well doug, i must say if you are an introvert then you simply cannot be an ESTJ. you should concider doing the test again and be honest this time.

Person who’s not a bot (not verified) says...

Actually scientists have recently made a new type called ambiverts which are a mix of both intra and extraverts

Lauren (not verified) says...

I am an ESTJ also and I require a bit of time to myself. My test had me right in the middle of E and I but I lean to the E side more than the I side which gave me an ESTJ result instead of an ISTJ. You can be an ESTJ and still need alone time. 

Sierra Laveau (not verified) says...

Clearly your not an ESTJ if your an introvert. Read the letters sis

not doug (not verified) says...

yeh sis

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!

Guest (not verified) says...

then you are probably an istj

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel the same way

Guest (not verified) says...

You may be an ISTJ...

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