ESTJ Personality

Your Type and Your Career



Understanding your preferences as an ESTJ personality will make it easier to identify what is likely to feel 'right' for you at work and help you when you are planning a career change.

The best employment options for you will allow you to use your natural strengths and limit your exposure to tasks and situations that will drain you.

Here are some suggestions about what is likely to suit you in terms of personal strengths at work, preferred environment and your leadership style. There is also an indication of possible areas of weakness you should watch out for when you are assessing career change ideas.

Your strengths at work

  • Excellent organiser
  • Good problem solver by careful analysis
  • Skilled at setting up and running effective procedures
  • Monitor to ensure tasks are done correctly
  • Decisive and to the point
  • See, point out and correct flaws in advance
  • Critique plans logically and objectively
  • Organise systems and people to achieve goals
  • Tough minded when necessary
  • Will follow-through to ensure efficiency and results
  • Very thorough in your approach

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Your preferred work environment

  • Contains people who share your hard-working attitude
  • Organisations where getting the job done correctly is valued
  • Task, policy and project orientated
  • Well organised
  • Clearly structured
  • Provides stability and predictability
  • Focused on efficiency
  • Rewards achievement of goals

Your leadership style

  • Natural leader and will take charge readily
  • Use past experience to come up with solutions
  • Direct and uncomplicated – will get straight to the point
  • Decisive and prefer to be in control
  • Respectful of established systems and hierarchies
  • Results orientated

Weaknesses you should watch out for

  • May tend to commit to action too quickly
  • May prefer to work with the status quo rather than change
  • May 'steamroller' others in getting things done
  • Can be impatient with others who do not follow procedures
  • Can be brusque in ignoring others' ideas and viewpoints
  • Irritated by inefficiency
  • Can overlook new possibilities in favour of staying with tried and tested approaches

These points should help you identify if a job or an area of work is worth considering. But remember that there are successful people of ALL types in ALL jobs. Particular types may find certain areas of work especially satisfying and others more challenging.

Use your understanding of your own ESTJ personality preferences to help you explore and develop your career ideas, not to limit them.

Not sure if this is you?

Then take a look at the other similar types, where only one of the preferences is different. You may find that they are a more comfortable 'fit'.


Interested in personality?

If you are interested in how your personality affects your career change click here to read how your approaches to job search can be influenced by the type of person you are.

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