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.
||ESTJ - Implementor Supervisor
|Likely Social Style:
I like for things to be organized, and
when they are not, I’m great at getting
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
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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