ESTJ Personality (“The Executive”)

Good order is the foundation of all things.

Edmund Burke

ESTJs are representatives of tradition and order, utilizing their understanding of what is right, wrong and socially acceptable to bring families and communities together. Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, people with the ESTJ personality type are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they happily lead the way on difficult paths. Taking pride in bringing people together, ESTJs often take on roles as community organizers, working hard to bring everyone together in celebration of cherished local events, or in defense of the traditional values that hold families and communities together.

ESTJ personality

Anyone Worth Their Salt Sticks Up for What They Believe Is Right...

Demand for such leadership is high in democratic societies, and forming no less than 11% of the population, it’s no wonder that many of America’s presidents have been ESTJs. Strong believers in the rule of law and authority that must be earned, ESTJ personalities lead by example, demonstrating dedication and purposeful honesty, and an utter rejection of laziness and cheating, especially in work. If anyone declares hard, manual work to be an excellent way to build character, it is ESTJs.

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 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 – people with this personality type meet their promises, and if partners or subordinates jeopardize them through incompetence or laziness, or worse still, dishonesty, they do not hesitate to show their wrath. This can earn them a reputation for inflexibility, a trait shared by all Sentinels, but it’s not because ESTJs are arbitrarily stubborn, but because they truly believe that these values are what make society work.

...But Still Better Are Those Who Acknowledge When They Are in Error

ESTJs are classic images of the model citizen: they help their neighbors, uphold the law, and try to make sure that everyone participates 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. A true leader recognizes the strength of the individual, as well as that of the group, and helps bring those individuals’ ideas to the table. That way, ESTJs really do have all the facts, and are able to lead the charge in directions that work for everyone.

Executives You May Know

Zero Zero Eight
2 years ago
This is a fair assessment of my personna, particularly when based upon my deepest feelings towards contributing what I have to leave this world a better place, even if miniscule, has been a lifetime secret goal I have been very fortunate to live for 72 years.
Marie Lavoile
2 years ago
Hello ESTJ folks, from a representative of your polar opposite - an INFP. You have wonderful gifts of determination and follow-through but please do not try to "manage" INFP's. We have our own way of doing things and although we may seem mild-mannered, if you try to push us around we do not listen to you. We may not say anything to you, out loud, but you would not want to know what we are thinking about you. A lot of quiet, introverted but highly imaginative mocking goes on and then we turn your type into the antagonist in a novel. So please - lighten up with the bossiness! :)
John H
2 years ago
True...very true! Who has time to self-analyze? Yet, this is ME! I will be running for something...who will join my search committee?
tahera morshed
2 years ago
That is the place I want to be but I am no where near . no wonder I feel so uncomfortable in my present skin :)
Reza
2 years ago
Definitely one of the best description i'v read about my personality...UI of your site is also very good,makes it really fun to read about ourselves ;)
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