ESTJ Strengths and Weaknesses

ESTJ Strengths

ESTJ strengths
  • Dedicated – Seeing things to completion borders on an ethical obligation for ESTJs. Tasks aren’t simply abandoned because they’ve become difficult or boring – people with the ESTJ personality type take them up when they are the right thing to do, and they will be finished so long as they remain the right thing to do.
  • Strong-willed – A strong will makes this dedication possible, and ESTJs don’t give up their beliefs because of simple opposition. ESTJs defend their ideas and principles relentlessly, and must be proven clearly and conclusively wrong for their stance to budge.
  • Direct and Honest – ESTJs trust facts far more than abstract ideas or opinions. Straightforward statements and information are king, and ESTJ personalities return the honesty (whether it’s wanted or not).
  • Loyal, Patient and Reliable – ESTJs work to exemplify truthfulness and reliability, considering stability and security very important. When ESTJs say they’ll do something, they keep their word, making them very responsible members of their families, companies and communities.
  • Enjoy Creating Order – Chaos makes things unpredictable, and unpredictable things can’t be trusted when they are needed most – with this in mind, ESTJs strive to create order and security in their environments by establishing rules, structures and clear roles.
  • Excellent Organizers – This commitment to truth and clear standards makes ESTJs capable and confident leaders. People with this personality type have no problem distributing tasks and responsibilities to others fairly and objectively, making them excellent administrators.

ESTJ Weaknesses

ESTJ weaknesses
  • Inflexible and Stubborn – The problem with being so fixated on what works is that ESTJs too often dismiss what might work better. Everything is opinion until proven, and ESTJ personalities are reluctant to trust an opinion long enough for it to have that chance.
  • Uncomfortable with Unconventional Situations – ESTJs are strong adherents to tradition and when suddenly forced to try unvetted solutions, they become uncomfortable and stressed. New ideas suggest that their methods weren’t good enough, and abandoning what has always worked before in favor of something that may yet fail risks their image of reliability.
  • Judgmental – ESTJs have strong convictions about what is right, wrong, and socially acceptable. ESTJs’ compulsion to create order often extends to all things and everyone, ignoring the possibility that there are two right ways to get things done. ESTJs do not hesitate to let these "deviants" know what they think, considering it their duty to set things right.
  • Too Focused on Social Status – ESTJs take pride in the respect of their friends, colleagues and community and while difficult to admit, are very concerned with public opinion. ESTJs (especially Turbulent ones) can get so caught up in meeting others’ expectations that they fail to address their own needs.
  • Difficult to Relax – This need for respect fosters a need to maintain their dignity, which can make it difficult to cut loose and relax for risk of looking the fool, even in good fun.
  • Difficulty Expressing Emotion – This is all evidence of ESTJs’ greatest weakness: expressing emotions and feeling empathy. People with the ESTJ personality type get so caught up in the facts and most effective methods that they forget to think of what makes others happy, or of their sensitivity. A detour can be breathtakingly beautiful, a joy for the family, but ESTJs may only see the consequence of arriving at their destination an hour late, hurting their loved ones by rejecting the notion too harshly.
Macey Guthery
4 years ago
I strongly agree with most of the points above. On the strengths side, I don't view myself as an organized person (you should see my desk). But I do think people have the perception that I am organized. On the weaknesses side I disagree with the difficulty to relax. I guess I would like more context in the explanation. I also disagree with the uncomfortable with unconventional solutions. As long as something is justified, I love trying new things. I am a petroleum engineer. If we did not expand technologies we would not continue to support our countries energy needs. And that's just one aspect. I guess this could be me being stubborn.
4 years ago
this is so true in so many im shocked and i love that this is telling me more about myself everyone should take this quiz
4 years ago
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 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.
Michael Sylvester
5 years ago
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.
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