What's It Like To Be an "ESTJ"

A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ESTJs**

By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.

Personality Type:    ESTJ - Implementor Supervisor
Temperament:   Stabilizer (SJ)
Interaction Style*:    In-Charge
Likely Social Style: Driver

How to read these Self Portrait Personality Type Descriptions

I like for things to be organized, and when they are not, I’m great at getting them organized.

I am very strong on work ethic and expect that from others. I cannot just sit around and do nothing for very long, especially if I have a lot to do and I don’t have a plan. I am extremely organized when I work and I can work on four or five things through the course of the day. I think about what I have to do on the way to work or the way home or the night before. It’s very gratifying to work extremely hard and sacrifice in order to take care of people, and I like when people appreciate that I have given of myself for them. I feel a lot of responsibility for what goes on when I have put time and effort into something and want to see that continue.

Personality Type Descriptions
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**


Things have to make sense to me. They have to be reasonable, logical, and simple and when they are not, that’s frustrating. I think a lot of my life is tied up in responsibility and structure and organization. That’s key—to have a frame around which to build everything else. It’s satisfying to see something that was not working start working with tangible results. Once the structure is in place, then it fades into the background and allows the other, relational elements to bloom. You’ve got to have that backbone and structure or the rest of it falls apart. I can’t relax when things aren’t done right.

I have a sense of order and I like making sure things run smoothly, the practical nuts and bolts, on a day-today basis. Planning is challenging and exciting. I make sure others have what they need, not just what they want. I am pretty fast paced and want things done, and I get aggravated when people are late. I want to keep ahead of things to be ready to move on to the next thing. I am always trying to find the best way to save money, but I have very high expectations and I take the extra steps that need to be done. I take pride in my accuracy and detail, and I take pride in my accomplishments.

I have a very strong family commitment. I enjoy good neighbors and loyal friends. Values and traditions are important because I think a lot can be gained from those. And celebrating is fun. I think it’s important to teach responsibility and encourage talent, shaping and molding and moving people in the right direction. Sharing my experiences in life is satisfying. I enjoy the simple things—walking, good food, looking at flowers, home life and my family. I love to put something together for fun to see what makes it tick.

I have always been very confident about the choices I make. I am fairly forward with how I think and I am not always particularly tactful. I have to think about how to be appropriate, to have some grace and empathy sometimes. But when I feel like I’m not in control, when someone is trying to take advantage of me, I very much let someone know about it. I’d prefer to research things very hard to make sure I’m not walking into something bad. Security is very important. I’m always trying to be efficient.

I’m not the type of person that can see a different future before it is actually there. I plan for the future by looking at the present facts. I see what’s in front of me in the current situation and weigh the pros and cons of the alternatives. Until that happens, I don’t really see all the coming changes in advance or how the future is affected. So I never really understand why people are doing the things they do. But once things happen, it’s clear and my desired goals for the future are generally a driving force.

I hate when things fall apart because of disorganization and lack of leadership. I hate fraud, inefficiency and waste, cheating and stealing, lack of loyalty and integrity, and people who don’t play by the rules or are only going after their own good. When people take the easy quick way out that really irritates me. And I resent it when other people don’t respect my time. I need people I can depend on, and I get rid of people I can’t depend on.

I have a lot of common sense. I believe you can build leadership by giving people genuine responsibility and genuine recognition, and I’m someone who can get things done. Sometimes people think I am too structured, but I feel best when I accomplish a lot. I relax when my work is done.

This concludes "What's it like to be an ESTJ,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.

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For a complete set of Personality Type Descriptions by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi please see: "The 16 Sixteen Personality Types - Descriptions for Self-Discovery"

*Interaction Styles as developed by Linda Berens, is a powerful lens with which to better understand people. For a complete understanding of Interaction Styles see:
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