In March, I started discussing some of the benefits of using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in the office. Understanding everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they interact with others, is a huge benefit for any leader. Today, I’m going to take a deep dive into a counterpart of the ESFJ: the ESTJ.

What does it stand for?

ESTJ has three similar preferences to the ESFJ, with one notable difference being the inclusion of Thinking, rather than Feeling. Here’s a quick summary of the components:

  • Extraverts take in energy from the outside world. Interactions with others propels them through the day.
  • Sensors like to look at hard data and procedures, rather than theories and “what-ifs”.
  • Thinkers run information through an analytical filter first and foremost. Thinkers will do what makes sense before what feels right.
  • Judgers like an orderly environment, free from distractions. They are more likely to set up a step-by-step schedule, rather than a large list of tasks to be completed by an end date.

What is this type like?

ESTJs are the rule-keepers of the world. They know that rules are there for a reason, and they will go to great lengths to stay within these boundaries. ESTJs are hard workers and do not believe in cheating their way to the top. Many great Presidents have been ESTJs, as they are great at organization and have a penchant for law and leadership.

How do they work?

ESTJs are people who thrive in environments with structure. They like to know what they should be doing at all times, and they will do everything they can to stick to that schedule. ESTJs may find it difficult to work with people who are not as rigorous as they are, and they may have a tendency to come across as bossy. However, an ESTJ with good expectations will thrive as a leader, making sure that their entire team has the support they need to succeed.

How should you manage them?

ESTJs may need hand-holding at the beginning, until they learn the processes of the company. They prefer to stay on-track at all times, and will become frustrated when spontaneous meetings and trainings get in the way of their work. ESTJs can accept when they are wrong, and are willing to try new techniques if they believe they will operate better.

ESTJs are an extremely common personality type (as much as 12% could be ESTJ), so it is a good idea to learn all about the quirks of this type. You will almost definitely find a few of them in your company, and that makes you lucky. Just like every type, a thriving ESTJ can become a fantastic contributor to your team.