ESTJ (The Executive)

Decisive and firm, the ESTJ confidently carries out daily to-do items with confidence. They are sticklers for productivity and observable results. Growth and hard work are both etched on their forehead, so to speak. ESTJs tend to take charge and get things done correctly. They are typically very hardworking, rule-abiding and conscientious. An ESTJ likes to work in logical and methodical way, they like predictability and want to bring structure to their surroundings. Due to this, ESTJs are often eager to take charge.

The ESTJ personality is one of the ?16 personality types? that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Extraverted (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T) and Judging (J). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on logic and reason, and who prefers to be planned and organized as opposed to spontaneous and flexible.

The ESTJ is often referred to as the “Commander” or “Boss” because of their commanding presence and drive to accomplish more. ESTJs are typically direct, ambitious, by-the-book, and strong. They work methodologically towards their goals and maintain a sense of dominance in social and professional circumstances.

ESTJ key characteristics:

  • Goal- and results-oriented
  • Focused, driven, and ambitious
  • Methodological strategy in tackling work
  • Polished with an eye for good taste
  • Lover of refined goods and lifestyles

ESTJ Careers: Work Considerations for ESTJs

The ESTJ typically prefers a clear-cut, step-by-step approach to career direction, as a head executive or team leader. With their confidence and drive, they excel in management, law, and national forensics.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Maintaining concentration levels throughout the workday
  • Taking a leadership role comfortably
  • Making challenging and multifaceted decisions
  • Leading meetings and discussions
  • Remaining objective and serious in conflict

Areas for improvement:

  • Considering the emotional reasoning of more sensitive colleagues
  • Factoring in time for breaks and relaxation to prevent burnout
  • Getting in touch with vulnerability
  • Being receptive to new methods of carrying out tasks
  • Forgiving the self – and others – of past mistakes

Career suggestions:

  • Law enforcement
  • Military forces, on- or off-field
  • Financial controlling, consulting
  • Patrol and search services
  • Upper management, any type(s)

General career paths to avoid:

  • Technical writing, research
  • Creative marketing, design
  • Psychiatry, mental health counseling
  • Nursing, emergency care services
  • Music, massage, or art therapy

Type:  [Extraverted – Sensing – Thinking – Judging]

Keirsey temperament group:  Guardians (SJ)

ESTJ Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
  2. Introverted Sensing (Si)
  3. Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
  4. Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Career matches for ESTJ's:

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