ESTJ personality types are analytical, goal-oriented, decisive and organised.
This introduction to the ESTJ personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help ESTJs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
ESTJs drive themselves to reach their goal, organising people and resources in order to achieve it. They have an extensive network of contacts and are willing to make tough decisions when necessary. They tend to value competence highly.
Potential development areas for ESTJs
ESTJ people tend to be so focused on the objective pursuit of their goal that they ignore the ideas or feelings of others. Situations where an intimate rapport is needed are likely to be less comfortable for them. They may not collect enough information before jumping into action, and risk missing new opportunities that are not already part of their plan.
Typical ESTJ characteristics
ESTJs are typically responsible and efficient but they can also be assertive as well as logical and realistic.
Their most common characteristics are shown here in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
ESTJ careers & career ideas
ESTJs enjoy setting clear goals and deadlines, and analysing problems logically. They work best in a stable environment with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Careers in law-enforcement, manufacturing and applied technology are likely to appeal to ESTJs. More insight about ESTJ jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
ESTJs under stress
An ESTJ will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI stress head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to become hypersensitive, emotional, domineering and inflexible. Download and share* this ESTJ stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress ESTJs.
An ESTJ generally enjoys interacting with others and they take relationship roles seriously and will be keen to fulfil them responsibly. Their partners will see an ESTJ as conscientious as well as dependable.
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Fun ways to share ESTJ characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an ESTJ personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the ESTJ personality on our Fun ways to share your type page
- Already have your MBTI Step II profile? Create your Personal Typie
- Read more on our blog about how aspects of Type dynamics are captured in each Type