"ESTJ" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ESTJ - Implementor Supervisor
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is supervising, with an eye to
the traditions and regulations of the
- Responsible, hardworking, and efficient.
- Interested in ensuring that standards
are met, resources conserved, and
- Talents lie in
bringing order, structure, and completion.
- Want to keep order so the organization,
group, family, or culture will be preserved.
- Thrive on organizing and following through
with commitments and teaching others
how to be successful.
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Implementor Supervisors, life is a process of
educating themselves so they can be informed and
learn the best way to do things. They have a talent
for bringing order to chaotic situations by setting up
routines, schedules and standard operating procedures.
They want to have a sense of being in control of the
situations they feel responsible for. They enjoy making
sure everything runs smoothly. When they don’t get to
organize and complete projects, they are cut off from
their main source of energy.
Their industrious, work-hard attitude helps them be
accountable. They tend to work hard, but they believe it
is important to balance work with play.
Having a philosophy of life provides the consistency
they need in order to build a strong foundation. The steps
to success are built on that foundation. Time is not to be
wasted. Often, they so quickly see the right way to do
tasks, others think they are being bossy and overbearing
when, in reality, they may still be open to new ideas. They
simply think, this is the best way for now. They show
caring and concern less in their manner but more in being
responsible and helping out.
Keeping up traditions with family, friends and
institutions is important. Traditions provide a sense of
belonging and membership as well as the predictability
and continuity they crave. They carefully weigh risk and
innovation against the likelihood of success. They seek
to be well balanced and not weird in some way. They
really do want to be liked and accepted. Their need
to belong keeps them from straying too far from their
Their thought processes tend to be sequential and
associational. They notice what is missing and out of
order. They depend on a wealth of life experiences to
help them recognize how what they are taught connects
with the methods to make things happen. Once the
association is made and compared, the new information,
process, or tool is put to use right away.
They have a strong sense of quality and economy.
They have a propensity for searching out the people,
places, and things that meet their standards and are the
most judicious investment. Then they often end up
disappointed because whatever it was didn’t turn out the
way they thought it should.
For Implementor Supervisors, relationships are about
commitment. Relationships can also be about teaching
people how to be responsible and what’s important
so others will be successful. They tend to have high
expectations. The downside is their tendency to take
charge, pushing and educating the other person on the
right way to do things. They enjoy being with people,
keeping track of everyone, and staying connected. They
find it very satisfying to have people who will support
and stand by them. They want stable relationships where
they know they can count on the other person. Their
relationships are built on a solid foundation of structure
and routine. They tend to do a lot of taking care of what
needs to be taken care of, working very hard, and giving
of their time.
In their close relationships, they do like to have
fun and even be silly. They have a sentimental side that
is often hidden but shows in touching moments and a
fondness for reminiscing over good times past. They
are not expressive very often, especially of negative
emotions, because they are so focused on the task at
hand. Sometimes they are overly tactful to “be nice.”
They really don’t want to hurt others and are likely to
show their caring in what they do, the extra steps they
take. They love an active social life.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ESTJ,"
A Personality Type Description.
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