ESTJ strengths and weaknesses

ESTJ strengths

  • Dedicated. ESTJ personalities take their duties very seriously and do not abandon tasks just because they have become difficult or boring. ESTJs can also spend a lot of time and effort on causes that they care deeply about.
  • Enjoy creating order. ESTJs strongly dislike chaos and do their best to define rules, structures, and roles in the environment that they see as too chaotic.
  • Excellent organizers. ESTJ personalities know how to manage people and distribute tasks and responsibilities. They are excellent team leaders, especially from the administrative perspective.
  • Loyal, patient, and reliable. ESTJs value stability and security. They do their best to be responsible and reliable members of their company, community, or family.
  • Strong-willed. People with this personality type have strong beliefs and rarely give them up regardless of the opposition. More than likely, they will defend their ideas and principles relentlessly.
  • Direct and honest. ESTJs dislike reading between the lines and prefer simple, straightforward answers. They are more interested in facts than ideas or opinions.

ESTJ weaknesses

  • Often too inflexible and stubborn. ESTJs often focus so much on traditions and their own principles that they hastily dismiss unconventional ideas or methods that might be more effective than the “old ways.”
  • Judgmental. People with the ESTJ personality type tend to have strong convictions about what is right and socially acceptable and do not tolerate any deviations. They are likely to comment on or criticize such behavior, believing that it is their duty to make things right.
  • May have difficulties expressing their emotions. ESTJs value facts and rationality, placing them above sensitivity and emotions. Consequently, they may have difficulties understanding other people’s feelings and expressing their own.
  • Find it difficult to relax. ESTJ personalities may focus too much on what is expected of them, forgetting to relax—or worrying what people might think of them if they do.
  • May focus too much on their social status. ESTJs value their social status very highly, and seek to be respected by their friends, colleagues, and relatives. Consequently, they may often pay too little attention to their own needs and wishes.
  • Uncomfortable with unconventional solutions. People with this personality type prefer tried and tested solutions. They may be uncomfortable with sudden change or get stressed when there is a need to try something completely new.

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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9 Responses to “ESTJ strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Emmanuel M'M Reply

    I have taken up various leadership posts in the past which has allowed me to fully utilise my strengths. These posts have been directly related to interacting with people.

    In so doing, I have had to learn about empathy and flexibility and actually having introverted friends who are thinkers has helped develop my patience, listening and empathy. They have sometimes had to shout to get me to hear what they are saying but I am much more sensitive than before I met them.

    And Jesus has really helped make me a better person. I was a nasty person before and I am still a work in progress

  2. Michael Sylvester Reply

    Regarding the typical strengths, for me, I have to agree with all with the following exceptions:
    (currently) I do not naturally organize, I prefer to do things how they were done, slightly with my own twist. Only when I realize that change is a must do I push for my ideas.
    I am not naturally blunt; I commonly overembellish my thoughts to avoid hurting my audience.

    Regarding the typical weaknesses, for me, I have to agree with all with the following exceptions:
    I easily and freely express my emotions, sometimes too freely. I have gotten myself in trouble this way.

  3. Optimist Reply

    I have taken the MBTI test about 5 years ago.
    ESTJ pretty much exactly match with My Nature. I am interested in Managing people and Managing people/projects for last 10 years. I think strength as identified is really helping in my role. Based on this test, I have changed some of the weakness mentioned so that I can be more effective in my role.

    “May focus too much on their social status” is specified as one of the weakness in the above blog. This does not match with me at all. In fact, I hardly care (and work towards) what others think of me in social circle or in workplace. I always strive to give my 200% on all front.

    I have tried to improve over following ‘weakness’ in last 5 years.
    - Often too inflexible and stubborn.
    - Find it difficult to relax.

  4. Krystal Reply

    This is almost 100% accurate for me, except for the fact that in no way am I patient! I used to hate myself for being too stubborn, bossy, and seeing the faults that all my friends had, but now that I know that there’s a reason for all that, i’m a happy bunny

  5. Juan Manuel Gomez Reply

    WOW.!!!!! THIS IS GREAT.!!! BUT STILL, THERE ARE TO MANY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS ABOUT ESTJ”s, AND THIS CAN”T APPLY TO EVERYONE, BACAUSE I STILL HAVE TO MUCH OF THE “OPOSITE” OR I WAS CLASSIFIED IN THE WRONG PERSONALITY GROUP. I AGREE IN ABOUT 90%, BECAUSE I FEEL MY SELF TO EMOTIONAL AND I LOVE TO LISTEN OTHER PEOPLE OPINIONS AND POINTS OF VIEW, AND I FEEL MY SELF OPEN TO NEW AND PROGRESSIVE WAYS TO GET SOLUTIONS. (P.S. CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME TO DEFINE MY THOUGHTS ??? sangojm@yahoo.com THANKS!!!! I WILL APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND OPINIONS.!!!)…You can also send your comment in Spanish.

  6. amanda Reply

    this is so true in so many ways…wow im shocked and i love that this is telling me more about myself everyone should take this quiz