The ESTJ personality type

"Practical Executives"

Read a description of this personality type below.


ESTJs are strong to the point of being slightly intimidating. You are outspoken and sociable, driven and business-oriented. You are quick to engage and work with others. You radiate power to the people around you. You tend to have strong beliefs and a strong work-ethic. You tend to express your opinions openly and directly, without holding back. You’re competetive and you like to win. You love to talk freely about your thoughts and to have open, serious discussions with others. You enjoy big or large groups and social settings, where you can express yourself without restraint. You’re an expert at what you do and value efficiency and productivity highly. You’re very involved with your community and you want to be someone people can trust and count on.

You tend to be quick to trust and to share with others, freely expressing your ideas and strategies with others. You enjoy share your facts and engaging in logical discussions with others, and while you may struggle with a bit of a temper, you tend to be quick to forgive others. You tend to connect with others unusually quickly, but you connect more about work and about traditions than on an emotional level. You live like a racecar, always forward, often in a fast manner, and it can be difficult for your friends and loved ones to keep track of everything going on in your life. You pride yourself on living up to societal expectations, maintaining your health, being polite, being on time. You are a practical and fairly simple person.

Because of your need for power and order, you tend to frown on sentiment and kind gestures. You value strength and self-reliance. You find politness to often be an obstacle and would rather people just state their opinions openly. ESTJs are driven and proactive and slightly erratic about their values. You often say and do things you regret, but your friends see this as a part of your direct and honest style. As an ESTJ, you tend to be resistant to new ideas and to new suggestions. You’re firm about your beliefs and when you’ve made up your mind, it’s hard to lure you to the other side. Your ideal romantic partner tends to be the ISTP. Their love for logic, their ability to reflect deeply on things, and their thoughtfulness appeals to you greatly.

Executives have a preference towards action, presence, and short-term, hands on experience. Executives drive things forward with their dominant world-view, preferring to intervene directly. They thrive when they can engage topics and problems from a set interest or perspective, and generally prefer to make decisions in the situation instead of corresponding with universal laws and procedures. Executives enjoy to monitor and to be aware of their environment and the people in it. They have fun in controlled environments and clashes of opinions, or fists. They naturally prefer action-filled environments, where there is always something to engage them. They prefer to directly respond to interruptions and to engage conflicts directly.

Executives prefer to focus their attention towards things of their interest, controlling the flow of information related to their world-view, taking on a form of soccer approach to life. They are at their best when they are fully updated on the present situation and when they can respond to any new updates based on instinct. Spending time calculating or anticipating events can break their flow.

Executives require more direct control than Explorers, and respond worse to environments which lack supervision and predetermined standards of procedure, and such situations can make them more distanced and detached. Executives require more action than Leaders, and can become affective and emotional in situations that are unable to keep them engaged.

As a technical, you seek to find the common procedures and routines that are the backbone of everyday efficiency in society. You are interested in the established protocols and methods and how to efficiently keep using them to perform well in tasks, hierarchies and competitions in spite of new changes in society.

As a doer you enjoy getting started as soon as possible and not get stuck in passive speculation. The world affects you directly, you respond instinctively and are not afraid of making mistakes.

As a realist you enjoy relating things to actual circumstances and see what is straight-forward and plausible. You have a strong sense of reality and prefer staying grounded in it.

As a technician you enjoy basing decisions on impersonal or formal principles. You enjoy evaluating whether things hold up to established principles and guidelines that are independent of social relationships, attachments and feelings.

As a judger you enjoy sticking to tasks until you reach a closure before moving on to anything else. You are quite autonomous and resistant to disruptions.

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