In the Myers-Briggs® community, not a lot of attention is paid to the ESTJ personality type. This is unfortunate because these types are often the leaders in many of our businesses and communities. Often titled the “Captain” or the “Executive,” ESTJs make up about 8.7% of the U.S. population. Known for being productive, task-oriented, and pragmatic, they tend to succeed in the corporate world, where they rank as the highest-earning personality type. What other unique qualities does this personality type have? Let’s take a look!
Signs That You’re an ESTJ Personality Type
#1 – You Like Getting Things Organized
Chaos is your enemy, and you get a strong sense of satisfaction when you have a place for everything and everything in its place. Your office is probably neatly organized with all books and files categorized properly. Your kitchen probably has every utensil and dish placed in the most efficient location so you can reach everything as quickly as possible. Putting everything in a logical order is something you excel at.
#2 – You Strive to be Competent
Nothing bothers you more than appearing ill-prepared for the task at hand. Being prepared, competent, and educated is something that you prize. You’re a high-achiever and you feel like if you’re going to do something, you better do it right the first time.
#3 – You Respect Rules
You realize that without a code of conduct society would be a chaotic mess. Just as there are rules for cooking or coding, there needs to be rules for society so that it can run smoothly. While you’ll be the first to speak out against a rule you find oppressive, you’re also the first to uphold a rule that respects the well-being, order, and fairness of your community. If you see a sign that says “don’t feed the zoo animals” you won’t be feeding the zoo animals. That’s all there is to it.
#4 – You Prioritize Justice
You believe that people are shaped through hard work, discipline, and positive influences. You realize that sometimes punishment or correction is necessary for people to course-correct their trajectory in life. When people get “let off the hook” you worry that their behavior will never change and they will continue to cause harm to other individuals.
#5 – You Try to Stay Grounded
You have a hard time with people who seem pretentious or use a lot of obscure, esoteric words. While you may have a vast vocabulary, you try to stay down-to-earth and approachable. Keeping a level head and staying grounded in reality are all ways you keep your eyes open to reliable information.
#6 – You Enjoy Critiquing (and Getting Critiqued)
One of the ways you help society and individuals is by noticing errors and inefficiencies that could be fixed. As someone who values improvement, you see criticism as a shortcut to improvement (as long as it’s constructive and not mean-spirited). Because of this, you give criticism freely, but with good intent (unless you’re at an unhealthy level of maturity). You also appreciate it when people give you criticism because it helps you to be aware of mistakes that could otherwise have tripped you up.
#7 – You Strive to be Responsible
You take responsibility for your environment and do your best to make sure that the people around you are taken care of. While this may not look the same for you as it does for a feeling type, it still is just as powerful. You enjoy helping people with their problems, offering advice, and creating an organized, smoothly-running environment. You also aim to be dependable and reliable – keeping your promises and showing up on time for important events.
#8 – You Like to Have a Schedule
Knowing what’s going to happen gives you a sense of ease and preparedness. Creating plans, contingency plans, and dependable routines helps you to maintain peace of mind and stay on top of important tasks.
#9 – You Hate Procrastination
Decisiveness is one of your strengths, and you tend to believe that any decision is better than none at all. Being with people who mull about, put decisions off, or seem wishy-washy irks you to no end. Besides, if a decision doesn’t work, then at least you learned something and can move onto a better decision in the future.
#10 – You Believe That Time is of the Essence
Wasting time is anathema to you. You work hard so that you can play hard once all your tasks are completed. Knowing when something is going to happen, and making sure you stay on schedule are all things you prioritize. When there’s work to do, play comes later – no questions asked.
#11 – You Like it When People “Give It To You Straight”
If someone is upset with you or thinks you’re doing something wrong, you’d like to know about it directly. You’re not easy to offend, and you’d rather deal with conflict or interpersonal problems immediately than let them fester. People who are passive-aggressive or sugarcoat things tend to get on your nerves. You just want the truth – no holds barred.
#12 – You Think Feeling Out of Control Is the Worst
Almost nothing bothers you more than feeling like things are out of control and you have no sense of leadership. You like to feel that you can organize and structure your surroundings to the best of your ability. If you have incompetent leadership or a messy atmosphere, you tend to get stressed, irritable, and resentful.
#13 – You Have a Fondness For Tradition
Whether you’re making the same family turkey recipe every Thanksgiving or ending your evening with a chapter from one of your favorite books, you enjoy time-honored traditions. Repeating the same enjoyable routines regularly gives you a sense of continuity, contentment, and peace.
#14 – You Don’t Send Double Messages
You like to deal with life in a straightforward way. Being passive-aggressive isn’t something you tend to do unless you’re severely stressed. You’d rather deal with problems head-on and express your needs directly instead of trying to play the manipulation game to get something.
#15 – You’re Sensitive to Flavors
Because Introverted Sensation (Si) is your auxiliary function, you have a keen awareness of the sensations inside your body. You notice tiny nuances in flavor that other types tend to miss, and it can mean that you’re a pickier eater than a lot of people! Or it can mean you’re just a very particular cook.
#16 – When You’re Relaxed, You Have a Zany Side
In your career, you might seem to be all work and no-nonsense. But at home when you’re relaxed you actually have an offbeat sense of humor and an interest in exploration and creativity. You might delve into this through craftsmanship, cooking, or watching comedies or sci-fi films. You also just might enjoy brainstorming and discussing silly topics with the people you love.
#17 – When You’re Extremely Stressed, You Introspect and Get In Touch With Your Feelings
When you’re stressed out, you tend to try to solve all your problems through logical thinking, control, and order. You want to organize your environment so that everything can be “fixed.” But if stress keeps on for too long, or if the problem can’t be fixed with these methods, you burn out. When this happens, you flip a switch and become reclusive, introspective, and insecure. You might feel abandoned, misunderstood, and overwhelmed by your emotions. This phase is called “grip stress” and you can find out more about it here.
#18 – You Love Crossing Items Off Your To-Do List
There’s something so innately thrilling about seeing a list that is completely marked off with completed tasks. As someone who enjoys the feeling of productivity, these checklists give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
#19 – You Enjoy Respectful, Non-personal Debate
You quickly spot logical inconsistencies and errors, so a respectful debate gives you a chance to showcase your skills while exploring ideas and connecting with others (it’s a perfect use of the top three cognitive functions in your mental stack).
#20 – You’re Opinionated
It doesn’t take you long to form an opinion about something. The more you talk about a subject, the more you refine your opinion and clarify it. That said, you’re not opposed to changing your mind if enough evidence contradicts your opinion.
#21 – You Prepare Outlines for Everything
Part of your preparation process is to prepare a structure or outline for every task you have to do. Whether it’s planning a holiday party or organizing a business meeting, you’ve got a clearly structured outline and plan at the ready.
#22 – You’re Attracted to Authenticity
You may not be the most emotionally introspective person in the world, but you are attracted to people who know who they are and are willing to be authentic at all costs. Emotionally intelligent but drama-free individuals are fascinating and appealing to you.
#23 – You Refine Your Ideas Out Loud
You like to “think out loud” because it helps you to clarify your ideas and refine them so that they’re not flawed in any way. As an Extraverted Thinking type, you logically process thoughts better if they are expressed out loud rather than mulling them over in your own head. Having people you trust who can be sounding boards for your ideas and thoughts is something you highly value.
#24 – Change Tends to Make You Anxious
You like familiar environments and people. You’re a routine-oriented person, so dealing with change, especially if it’s unexpected, makes your heart race. That said, you’re willing to cope with change if you have time to prepare, make a plan, and mentally acclimate to the idea.
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