Ask any ESTJ what values are most important to and valuable for any society and you will more than likely hear “order, tradition, and stability.” Forming around 11.5% of the population, people with the ESTJ personality type feel a strong need to belong to something—a family, a community, or some other social group. They like “organizing” other people and making sure they adhere to the traditions or rules put in place by an authority figure.
As Extraverts (E), ESTJ personalities love connecting to other people and playing active roles in traditional, respected organizations. Family values are also very important to ESTJs, and they do their best to nurture and defend them.
People with the ESTJ personality type are very dedicated and responsible. An ESTJ will do everything they can to fulfill their duties and meet their promises. People with this personality type respect and promote a good work ethic and strongly detest cheating or any attempts to cut corners, especially in the workplace. Positions of authority must be earned. Period.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
ESTJs are usually strong-willed and not afraid to voice and defend their opinions, even if they are facing formidable opposition. If, for instance, one of their subordinates is incompetent or simply lazy, the ESTJ will not hesitate to show their wrath. ESTJ personalities will stick to their principles, even if everybody turns against them.
As Observant (S) individuals, ESTJs live in the world of clear and verifiable facts. They are honest and direct, living in the present and taking note of everything that is happening around them. ESTJ personalities tend to have a clear vision and understanding of what is acceptable and what is not. This usually makes ESTJs excellent leaders and managers, even though their subordinates may sometimes complain about the resulting inflexibility. ESTJs find it quite easy to develop and improve various action plans; they are able to make even the most complex project look like a walk in the park.
Due to all these traits, ESTJ personalities are excellent “model citizens,” guardians of traditions, and cornerstones of families and communities. They are very reliable and trustworthy, even though the inflexibility shared by all Sentinel types may sometimes hinder their efforts. ESTJs also have a very good sense of what is socially acceptable and always do their best to adhere to that ideal.
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Some famous ESTJs:
- James Monroe, former U.S. president
- Andrew Jackson, former U.S. president
- William Henry Harrison, former U.S. president
- Franklin Pierce, former U.S. president
- Grover Cleveland, former U.S. president
- Lyndon B. Johnson, former U.S. president
- George W. Bush, former U.S. president
- John D. Rockefeller, business magnate
- Sonia Sotomayor, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
- Alec Baldwin, actor
- Judge Judy, television personality
- Nancy Grace, journalist
- “Boromir” from The Lord of the Rings