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

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

ESTJ personalityDemand 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 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 (SJ), but it's not because
ESTJs are arbitrarily stubborn, but because they truly believe that these values are what make society

Strong-willed – A strong will makes this dedication possible. ESTJs strive to create order and security in their environments by establishing rules. Loyal. The main challenge for ESTJs is to recognize that not everyone follows the same path or contributes in the same way. making them excellent administrators. Patient and Reliable – ESTJs work to exemplify truthfulness and reliability. considering stability and security very important.But Still Better Are Those Who Acknowledge When They Are in Error ESTJs are classic images of the model citizen: they help their neighbors. and try to make sure that everyone participates in the communities and organizations they hold so dear. companies and communities. making them very responsible members of their families. 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 ESTJ personalities return the honesty (whether it's wanted or not). ESTJs defend their ideas and principles relentlessly. People with this personality type have no problem distributing tasks and responsibilities to others fairly and objectively. and helps bring those individuals' ideas to the table. Excellent Organizers – This commitment to truth and clear standards makes ESTJs capable and confident leaders. and unpredictable things can't be trusted when they are needed most – with this in mind. . Direct and Honest – ESTJs trust facts far more than abstract ideas or opinions. ESTJs really do have all the facts.. structures and clear roles. and are able to lead the charge in directions that work for everyone. Straightforward statements and information are king. That way.. When ESTJs say they'll do something. ESTJ STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES ESTJ Strengths Dedicated – Seeing things to completion borders on an ethical obligation for ESTJs. A true leader recognizes the strength of the individual.. and must be proven clearly and conclusively wrong for their stance to budge. they keep their word. Enjoy Creating Order – Chaos makes things unpredictable. and ESTJs don't give up their beliefs because of simple opposition. as well as that of the group. uphold the law. and they will be finished so long as they remain the right thing to do.

Difficulty Expressing Emotion – This is all evidence of ESTJs' greatest weakness: expressing emotions and feeling empathy. a joy for the family. ESTJs' compulsion to create order often extends to all things and everyone. long-term relationships and further into marriage. and abandoning what has always worked before in favor of something that may yet fail risks their image of reliability. are very concerned with public opinion. considering it their duty to set things right. New ideas suggest that their methods weren't good enough. or of their sensitivity. 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. they are bound to be extremely stable relationships. hurting their loved ones by rejecting the notion too harshly. This Is the Chance to Do Something . A detour can be breathtakingly beautiful. and ESTJ personalities are reluctant to trust an opinion long enough for it to have that chance. So long as their partner is able to take them at their word and follow suit.ESTJ Weaknesses Inflexible and Stubborn – The problem with being so fixated on what works is that ESTJs too often dismiss what might work better. and to stick to those statements long- term. Too Focused on Social Status – ESTJs take pride in the respect of their friends. ESTJ RELATIONSHIPS ESTJs are fairly unique in that their relationships don't really change as they progress from the dating phase into more steady. Everything is opinion until proven. what they're like and what their goals are from the start. Judgmental – ESTJs have strong convictions about what is right. ESTJs do not hesitate to let these "deviants" know what they think. they become uncomfortable and stressed. colleagues and community and while difficult to admit. but ESTJs may only see the consequence of arriving at their destination an hour late. ESTJs (especially Turbulent ones) can get so caught up in meeting others' expectations that they fail to address their own needs. Uncomfortable with Unconventional Situations – ESTJs are strong adherents to tradition and when suddenly forced to try unvetted solutions. wrong. Difficult to Relax – This need for respect fosters a need to maintain their dignity. people with the ESTJ personality type are likely to be clear about who they are. and socially acceptable. even in good fun. which can make it difficult to cut loose and relax for risk of looking the fool. Because they value honesty and straightforwardness so highly. ignoring the possibility that there are two right ways to get things done.

more tangible ways to express their affection. it's that shifting moods. Rather. and each life goal is important. Social events and activities are ESTJs' idea of a good time. and that is emotional intimacy. . and while they may rely on familiar people and places. calm approach is appreciated by many. and when it comes to their partners. it's more important than ever to try to improve. Pay the Price to Secure the Blessing ESTJs address conflict head-on with simple statements of fact – a very rational approach – but subtlety and emotional tact are sacrificed in the process. goals and desires are unlikely to fundamentally alter the basis of ESTJs' relationships. this is usually fine. or so ESTJs might say. ESTJ relationshipsThis may all sound a little stale. For all their social skills. While ESTJs' level-headed. for others it is an uncomfortably direct approach. The problem is in recognizing the validity of those qualities in others. active intentions. Wild ideas and poetry are for less mature personalities. but they do very much enjoy taking their partners out and having fun. and that effort pays off. ESTJs approach intimacy with similarly physical. as ESTJ personalities find other. but ESTJs take their relationships seriously and are willing to put a tremendous amount of effort into ensuring that they remain strong and committed. something that can be extremely hurtful if ESTJs' partners are more sensitive. There are certainly challenges. but ESTJs never fail to bring their characteristic vigor. which helps keep things interesting. though they do appreciate recognition and well-placed compliments to maintain high self-esteem. This hints at a challenge in ESTJs' relationships though. they do bring lots of energy and enthusiasm. and indeed ESTJs are not spontaneous or unpredictable people. and from fairly traditional ones as well. They may look for more stability in their sex lives than most. as are verbal statements of love. ESTJs are especially bad at reading the emotional side of other people.This isn't to say that there isn't any growth of course – character development is always a high priority for ESTJs. rather than simply dismissing them as pointless or irrational. Touchy-feely moments are few.

ESTJs show themselves to be outgoing and enthusiastic. people with the ESTJ personality type can't ever be accused of not doing enough to fend off a little boredom. and it can be hard for them to find enough common ground with people who constantly disagree with their principles and beliefs to really form those ties of friendship. ESTJs' friends are never short on invites to social activities and events. by external factors. Friendships with the ESTJ personality type are often defined by their mutual activities and routines. But people with the ESTJ personality type are also stubborn. but it's just because they want everyone to have a good time.. traditional friends who appreciate loyalty and shared values.. from tickets to a local ball game. . They use these qualities to protect their partners with admirable consistency. With this in mind. The way ESTJs establish and maintain their friendships does limit the pool though. to Sunday BBQ. While ESTJs may not always be the life of the party. it is often best for ESTJs to find fellow Observant (S) partners in order to minimize communication barriers. ESTJ FRIENDS ESTJs are strong. and they can quickly damage more sensitive partners' fragile feelings. ESTJ friendsAmong their established friends. with one or two opposing traits to balance their forceful character and provide opportunities for growth. they know how to play their part in making sure their friends have a good time. ESTJ personalities are naturally stubborn. Active and with quick minds.ESTJs are people of strong principles and strong self-confidence. to a weekend camping trip. with a firm belief in their rightness. But this in no way diminishes the relationships – ESTJs' friendships of dependability and mutual interest can be powerful connections that endure life's changes with immutable constancy. There Is No Pleasure in Having Nothing to Do... always more than happy to bring others along for some healthy sport and outdoor activity. ESTJs seek strong friendships founded on trust and loyalty (though loyalty to family does come first). ESTJs sometimes get a little overbearing in their push for participation.The Fun Is in Having Lots to Do and Not Doing It . who share their respect for traditions and institutions. more so than the sense of intellectual or mystical compatibility that many Analysts (NT) and Diplomats (NF) share among themselves. as they tend to seek out people who are similar to themselves.

ESTJs expect their children to carry that image. but in finding diversity in their friends and activities.ESTJs' challenge in friendship isn't about finding fun things to do or people to do them with. This view is of course extended to their children. by cleaning their plates and their rooms and going to bed on time – by maintaining the order of things. tradition. and their relationships with their children are no different. stable environments. ESTJs themselves need to make sure they get out of their own bubbles of unchallenged opinions and beliefs. and guardians of family traditions who have no trouble when it comes to enforcing the rules and standards they've established. ESTJs have a very responsibility-oriented life-view. people with the ESTJ personality type are the classic 50's era father figure – very strict. ESTJs defend their own. Exposing themselves to new ideas among acquaintances who think differently can do no harm – either people with the ESTJ personality type discover better ways and a stronger foundation. . but they expect their children to adhere to the structures they've put in place to ensure that protection. continuing the example they've set by being polite and respectful – insubordination is not tolerated. In many ways. ESTJ PARENTS ESTJs' mantra of "hard work. For all their community participation. and consider it an affront to have those considerations rejected – again. Often seen as model citizens. or they gain all the more confidence in their beliefs for having successfully defended them. Whether about local political issues or the validity of a more emotional. insubordination is not tolerated. their children are expected to contribute in their own way. Just as ESTJs may think those loners who spend their lives in their basements playing video games need to get out more. ESTJs enjoy creating secure. idealistic disposition than they think is reasonable. respect" is best exemplified in their relationships with their children. it's healthy for ESTJs to have some loyal opposition. a firm belief in the idea that one does what one can do in order to contribute to the family and community. Simply put. let alone befriending people who consistently express alternate viewpoints. ESTJs struggle immensely in even fully listening to differing opinions. This inflexibility can become a challenge as their children grow into their more naturally rebellious adolescent years. ESTJs should make an effort to truly understand these alternate viewpoints. and as soon as they are able.

I've Got Big Shoes to Fill They may face challenges as their children learn to balance a growing desire for independence with the respect and adherence to their duties required of them. ESTJ personalities rise to the occasion and meet their obligations with enviable consistency. but ESTJs' children always know what they need to bring. and that is something that can only happen when they have the chance to make their own decisions. making them clear choices for advancement. This helps them move forward into management as well – people with this personality type have many traits inherent to leadership. military service. with the love and support of their parents. but ESTJs do have a clear advantage of consistency and direct honesty that never leaves their expectations ambiguous. high-flying hopes of perfection for their children – ESTJs are down-to-earth people and simply want to see their children develop into respected. responsible adults. Law enforcement. It can be a tall order. qualities which lend themselves well to progressing along clear paths to increased responsibility and dependability. ESTJs share a profound respect for tradition. structure. stability and security. people with the ESTJ personality type almost always end up in situations where they have the opportunity to exercise their affinity for organization. But ESTJ personalities also want their children to be strong-willed and capable. and most will recognize and appreciate the dedication and hard work their parents brought in return. . ESTJs are the image of the model citizen. Though there are many directions they can choose to go. and follow-through. and the chance to face the consequences of those decisions. Providing further focus. ESTJ CAREERS ESTJs' career paths are often as clear and straightforward as they are themselves.It's not that they have wild. good or bad. and their reverence for established institutions often leads to work with well-respected organizations. ESTJs' sense of loyalty results in them staying with a single employer as long as possible. and they strive to maintain this ideal throughout their careers. hospitals and prominent legal firms are all able to recognize ESTJs' long years of service. something that is often recognized regardless of their chosen industry.

ESTJ Subordinates ESTJs are hard-working and do things by the book. financial officers and business administrators. ESTJ IN THE WORKPLACE ESTJs show clear and consistent tendencies. people with the ESTJ personality type create order. which makes them excellent sales representatives. ineptitude. complete work that is on time and on budget. follow the rules. whether in basic retail positions. but almost inevitable. laziness and especially dishonesty. ESTJs are natural auditors. ESTJs are extremely effective managers. values and expectations. and when these values are crossed. Cutting corners and shirking responsibility are the quickest ways to lose ESTJs' respect. among colleagues or as managers. especially when presented with ideas that haven't been fully developed. However ESTJs are unlikely to do much experimenting on their own – adhering to stated responsibilities and fulfilling their duties is their primary concern. and are organized enough to make any necessary paperwork a mere minor inconvenience to their clients. part of office teams. . So long as everyone plays by the rules. People with the ESTJ personality type stick to projects until they're finished. These qualities combine to make the clear steps in advancement that ESTJs require in order to maintain a sense of accomplishment not just viable. and any such and similar roles are excellent choices for them.From the genuine enjoyment ESTJs feel in organizing other people to their knack for clearly expressing their principles. rather than some baffling ordeal. ESTJ personalities do not hesitate to let their disapproval show. or as independent agents. Also fearsome leaders. and these are especially visible in the workplace. Though sometimes stubborn and inflexible. ESTJs loathe disorganization. and work to ensure that their work and the work of those around them is completed to the highest standards. big or small. Whether subordinates. ESTJs are incredibly efficient. their love of structure and thoroughness leaving a record of accurate. ESTJ personalities are open to new methods that can be demonstrated to be better. To the Victors Belong the Spoils Hard work and self-motivation are also strong ESTJ principles.

Regardless. resisting change and demanding that things be done by the book. they are often satisfied with that. ESTJ Colleagues ESTJs enjoy the hustle and bustle of well-organized workplaces. but in some ways this is contingent on their respect. CONCLUSION . and always keep an eye on their surroundings to make sure they and their team deliver the results that are expected of them. leaving little room or tolerance for deviation from the agenda. Shortcuts are irresponsible. If ESTJs view their managers as illogical. To make sure this happens. even micromanaging. in voicing their opinions on that as well. ESTJ personalities are great networkers who enjoy connecting with others to get things done. and a part of the greater organization that they work for. Laziness and bad work ethic are not tolerated by ESTJs under any circumstances. and as managers they have no better opportunity to do so. they can be uncomfortably honest. but they sometimes expect this authority to be abided unconditionally. ESTJs' strong wills also serve to defend their teams and principles against diversions and cutbacks. making relationships with more inspiration-oriented colleagues a challenge. Whether ESTJs' own book or the existing rules and traditions are used is subject to circumstances. regardless of who brings them. ESTJ Managers ESTJs take genuine pleasure in organizing others into effective teams. especially in deciding what is and is not acceptable – if provided with sensible responses that address their concerns. ESTJs like to feel like they are a part of the team. While sometimes overbearing. ESTJs project natural authority. if still calm and level. but they do tend to rest on the security of tradition and precedent. and is in fact something ESTJs frown upon.ESTJs are also well-known for their loyalty and dedication. Honest. Abusing this for advancement is unlikely. People with this personality type are willing to voice their opinions. dishonest or cowardly in their methods. friendly and down-to-earth. and people with the ESTJ personality type lose respect quickly for those who try to push forward by showing off or promoting bold but risky ideas. ESTJs are nearly always willing to accept criticism that can help to improve their effectiveness. ESTJs' expectations are clearly expressed.

You felt understood because you were. You simply need to learn how they succeeded. including their own personal growth. learning to relax or improvise. you need to have a plan. Known for their reliability and administrative skills. The best car in the world will not take you to the right place if you do not know where you want to go. reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder.Few personality types are as practical and strong-willed as ESTJs. ESTJs are good at creating and maintaining a secure and stable environment for themselves and their loved ones. ESTJs' dedication is invaluable in many areas. But in order to do that. And no. "how?" and "what if?" This knowledge is only the beginning of a lifelong journey. Are you ready to learn why ESTJs act in the way they do? What motivates and inspires you? What you are afraid of and what you secretly dream about? How you can unlock your true. this is so accurate it's a little creepy" or "finally. we did not spy on you – many of the challenges you've faced and will face in the future have been overcome by other ESTJs. Yet ESTJs can be easily tripped up in areas where their rational and practical approach is more of a liability than an asset. Now we need to go much deeper into your personality type and answer "why?". someone understands me!" You may have even asked "how do they know more about me than the people I'm closest to?" This is not a trick. You may have muttered to yourself. a personal roadmap. "wow. or managing their workload. What you have read so far is just an introduction into the complex concept that is the ESTJ personality type. We have told you how ESTJs tend to behave in certain circumstances and what their key strengths and weaknesses are. We've studied how ESTJs think and what they need to reach their full potential. Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner. exceptional potential? . ESTJs need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.