ISTP in the Workplace

When it comes to the workplace, ISTPs’ top requirement is often a sense of unpredictability and excitement. This quality makes ISTP personalities’ personal relationships challenging enough, even among close friends and immediate family – for those they’ve only come to know in a professional environment, it can be downright frustrating.

Of course, this all comes down to knowing what makes them tick. With a little space and a hands-on problem to solve, ISTPs can be some of the most productive people around. As with anyone, forcing people with the ISTP personality type into a mold that doesn’t fit just doesn’t work. Recognizing their unique perspective and gifts can lead to extraordinary results.

ISTP workplace habits

ISTP Subordinates

As subordinates, what ISTPs crave most is a little wiggle room. Relaxed and easy-going, people with the ISTP personality type are happy to stick around with surprising loyalty, as long as their employers and managers don’t try to force them to commit to anything that can’t be undone the next day. Strict rules, guidelines and formal agreements make ISTPs feel cramped and bored. If their habits or methods come under criticism or are forced to change, ISTPs can also be surprisingly mulish.

Something that’s likely to make ISTPs’ day is a random list of things that need to be fixed or dealt with. ISTP personalities have a talent for conserving their energy for just such an occasion, and can tackle such a laundry list with surprising enthusiasm. Their tasks do need to be hands-on though – if the items all start with "Come up with a strategy to...", it’s probably better to find an Analyst type.

ISTP Colleagues

ISTPs are often much more liked by their colleagues than they would expect. Quiet and reserved, people with this personality type usually need a little physical space, but at the same time enjoy peeking in on others’ work to see if there’s anything interesting going on. Not naturally emotional or empathetic, ISTPs have a blunt way of communicating that can lead to misunderstandings or hurt feelings.

Yet, ISTPs combine this rationalism and reserve with a sense of spontaneity that, among other things, creates a lighthearted sense of "do unto others" fairness. Turnabout is always fair play, and the odd prank, and the retaliation, are usually enjoyed by all. ISTPs have a great sense of humor, if sometimes a little risqué, and are not only resistant to workplace conflicts, but are great at defusing them with a well-placed joke that puts it all into perspective.

ISTP Managers

ISTP managers treat their subordinates as they’d like to be treated: with minimal talking and loose boundaries. ISTPs aren’t big on chattiness or emotional expression, and strong Feeling (F) types may see them as cold and distant – effusive praise and back-slapping just isn’t in ISTPs’ nature. In fact, there isn’t likely to be a lot of feedback at all from ISTP managers, good or bad. But when problems do arise, they are great listeners who devise practical, fair, and impartial solutions.

4 years ago
The only one I really don't agree with is "good listeners". I have a habit of tuning people out unintentionally. I think I'd LIKE to be a good listener, but I'm really not. ...however... I also get annoyed when people don't listen to me. In that sense, I'm kind of a jerk.
4 years ago
I think instead of saying "Do not care much about their own or someone else’s personal space" is does feel the need to safeguard Ideas and projects and has no problem sharing credit.
4 years ago
ISTP - That's so true in most of aspects but some however are completely out: not so much of a risk taker (calculated risk sometimes or for some things/occasions), find help sometmes in rules/guidelines. May look "relaxed" and can be relax but also worry / anxious at times
4 years ago
Agree very much, I'll take a chance at things that not work but not risky as in dangerous or costly if failed
4 years ago
Trying to kill time at school and looking at this. Im ISTP. I have ocd so i don't like others touching my stuff but besides that this is pretty damn accurate. Gotta show my parents this so they dont just think im a miserable bastard.
5 years ago
ISTP as well. Shocked at the accuracy over all topics. We do care about personal space however I suspect it is not to the same degree that others care. I care about mine. I care about others personal space. I understand the concept. BUT I don't have a freak out when those boundaries are pushed. I understand but I don't get truly offended when someone gets in my space. I think my fellow ISTP people should ask themselves this.. "What is the size, definition, parameter, of my "personal" space?" Or ask the same about others. I think we might come to realize that our caring and understanding of personal space is fairly different from many other personality types. It's easy to be offended when it says we don't care. But honestly are our perceptions in definition even the same? Do we understand others "freak outs" or "over sensitive" reactions?
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