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ESTJ Personality


Executives are excellent organizers, unsurpassed at managing things – or people.

A scene depicting the ESTJ personality type (Executive). A female ESTJ stands confidently at the center of an office environment, surrounded by her team of three employees seated at desks. The ESTJ holds a stopwatch, symbolizing her focus on efficiency and time management. The employees have alert expressions, indicating their attentiveness to the ESTJ’s direction. The desks are neatly arranged in rows, reflecting the structured and organized nature of the ESTJ’s leadership style.
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Workplace Habits

People with the ESTJ personality type (Executives) show clear and consistent tendencies, and these are especially visible in the workplace. Whether they are working as subordinates, among colleagues, or as managers, they create order, follow the rules, and work to ensure that their work and the work of those around them is completed to the highest standards. Cutting corners and shirking responsibilities are the quickest ways to lose this personality type’s respect.

ESTJ (Executive) workplace habits

ESTJ Subordinates

ESTJ personalities are hardworking and do things by the book. Though sometimes stubborn and inflexible, especially when presented with ideas that haven’t been fully developed, they are generally open to learning methods as long as they are more efficient and effective than the old way of doing things. However, they are unlikely to do much experimenting on their own – adhering to stated responsibilities and fulfilling their duties is their primary concern.

ESTJs are also well-known for their loyalty and dedication, but in some ways this is contingent on their respect. People with this personality type are willing to voice their opinions, especially in deciding what is and is not acceptable – if provided with sensible responses that address their concerns, they are often satisfied with that. But if they view their managers as illogical, dishonest, or cowardly in their methods, they can be uncomfortably honest, if still calm and level, in voicing their opinions on that as well.

ESTJ Colleagues

ESTJs enjoy the hustle and bustle of well-organized workplaces. Honest, professional, and down-to-earth, they are great networkers who enjoy connecting with others to get things done. They will happily put in a call for a work colleague or network with someone they don’t know in order to be helpful and get the job done. But abusing this for advancement is unlikely, and is in fact something that they frown upon. People with this personality type tend to view shortcuts as irresponsible. They quickly lose respect for those who try to push forward by showing off or promoting bold but risky ideas, making relationships with more inspiration-oriented colleagues a challenge.

ESTJs like to feel like they are a part of the team and a part of the greater organization that they work for. To make sure this happens, they are nearly always willing to accept criticism that can help to improve their effectiveness. They also always keep an eye on their surroundings to make sure that they and their team deliver the results that are expected of them.

ESTJ Managers

ESTJ personalities take genuine pleasure in organizing others into effective teams, and as managers they have no better opportunity to do so. While sometimes overbearing, even micromanaging, their strong wills and community-focused mentality also serve to defend their teams and principles against diversions and cutbacks, regardless of who brings them.

Laziness and bad work ethic are not tolerated by ESTJ managers under any circumstances.

ESTJs project natural authority, but they sometimes expect this authority to be abided unconditionally, resisting change and demanding that things be done by the book. Whether their own book or the existing rules and traditions are used is subject to circumstances, but they do tend to rest on the security of tradition and precedent. Regardless, ESTJ personalities’ expectations are clearly expressed, leaving little room or tolerance for deviation from the original plan.