Good order is the foundation of all things.
ESTJs are the representatives of tradition and order, utilizing their innate understanding of what is right, wrong and socially acceptable to bring families and communities together under a single ideal. Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, ESTJs are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they are more than happy to lead the way on a difficult path. Taking pride in their ability to bring people together, ESTJs often take on the role of family and community organizers, working hard to bring everyone together in celebration of a cherished local event, or in defense of the traditional values that they believe hold their families and communities together.
Demand for such leadership is always high in a democratic society, and forming no less than 11% of the population, it’s no wonder that many of America’s presidents have been ESTJ types. Strong believers in the rule of law and authority that is earned, not consigned, ESTJs strive to lead by example, demonstrating dedication and a purposeful sense of honesty, and an utter rejection of laziness, cheating, and cutting corners, especially when it comes to work. If anyone is going to declare hard, manual work to be an excellent way to build character, it is going to be ESTJs.
Owing to their Observant (S) trait, ESTJs are aware of their surroundings and live in a world of clear, verifiable facts – the surety of their knowledge means that even against heavy resistance, they will stick to their principles and push an unclouded vision of what is and is not acceptable. Their opinions aren’t just empty talk either, as ESTJs are more than willing to dive into the most challenging projects, improving action plans and sorting details along the way, making even the most complicated tasks seem easy and approachable.
However, ESTJs don’t work alone, and they expect their reliability and work ethic to be reciprocated and adhered to – ESTJs meet their promises, and if a partner or subordinate jeopardizes that through incompetence or laziness, or worse still, dishonesty, they will not hesitate to show their wrath. To say the least, this can earn them a reputation for being inflexible, a trait shared by all Sentinel (SJ) types, but it’s not because ESTJs are arbitrarily stubborn, but because they truly believe that these values are what make society work.
ESTJs are a classic image of the model citizen: they help their neighbors, uphold the law, and try to make sure that everyone participates with purpose and dedication in the communities and organizations they hold so dear. The main challenge for ESTJs is to recognize that not everyone follows the same path or contributes in the same way. The mark of a true leader is to recognize the strength of the individual, as well as that of the group as a whole, and to help bring those individuals’ ideas of what makes things work to the table – that way, ESTJs really will have all the facts, and will be able to lead the charge in a direction that works for everyone.