ISTJ personality types are sensible and reliable, and pay attention to detail.
This introduction to the ISTJ personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs Step I personality assessment, can help you to understand how you interact with others, and what careers you might enjoy.
Dependable and systematic, ISTJ types enjoy working within clear systems and processes. They tend to be traditional, task-oriented and decisive.
Potential development points for ISTJs
ISTJ personalities can become set in their ways and can sometimes be seen as rigid and impersonal.
Typical characteristics of an ISTJ
ISTJs typically relate to many of the characteristics shown in this MBTI type head illustration. If you're an ISTJ, why not download a copy of this ISTJ pictogram and share your type characteristics with colleagues?
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ISTJ types like to have clear goals and realistic deadlines, and to work with factual data to solve problems and monitor progress. They prefer to work in traditional organisational environments, with people who take their responsibilities seriously. Attractive occupations for ISTJs tend to be within management or administrative positions, with law-enforcement and accounting also holding appeal.
ISTJs under pressure
If you’re an ISTJ, you will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI type head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to be accusatory and pessimistic, tending to withdraw and shut down. Share a copy of this ISTJ pictogram to remind yourself, and warn colleagues, about your key stressors!
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What is the MBTI tool?
The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) instrument sorts people into 16 psychological 'types' so that they can identify how they are similar to or different from others, and how they can improve their working and personal relationships.