"ESTJ" Themes and Relationships

By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.

Personality Type:    ESTJ - Implementor Supervisor
Temperament:   Stabilizer (SJ)
Interaction Style*:    In-Charge
Likely Social Style: Driver

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ESTJ Snapshot

  • Theme is supervising, with an eye to the traditions and regulations of the group.
  • Responsible, hardworking, and efficient.
  • Interested in ensuring that standards are met, resources conserved, and consequences delivered.
  • Talents lie in bringing order, structure, and completion.
  • Want to keep order so the organization, group, family, or culture will be preserved.
  • Thrive on organizing and following through with commitments and teaching others how to be successful.

Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**


ESTJ Theme

For Implementor Supervisors, life is a process of educating themselves so they can be informed and learn the best way to do things. They have a talent for bringing order to chaotic situations by setting up routines, schedules and standard operating procedures. They want to have a sense of being in control of the situations they feel responsible for. They enjoy making sure everything runs smoothly. When they don’t get to organize and complete projects, they are cut off from their main source of energy.

Their industrious, work-hard attitude helps them be accountable. They tend to work hard, but they believe it is important to balance work with play.

Having a philosophy of life provides the consistency they need in order to build a strong foundation. The steps to success are built on that foundation. Time is not to be wasted. Often, they so quickly see the right way to do tasks, others think they are being bossy and overbearing when, in reality, they may still be open to new ideas. They simply think, this is the best way for now. They show caring and concern less in their manner but more in being responsible and helping out.

Keeping up traditions with family, friends and institutions is important. Traditions provide a sense of belonging and membership as well as the predictability and continuity they crave. They carefully weigh risk and innovation against the likelihood of success. They seek to be well balanced and not weird in some way. They really do want to be liked and accepted. Their need to belong keeps them from straying too far from their cultural mainstream.

Their thought processes tend to be sequential and associational. They notice what is missing and out of order. They depend on a wealth of life experiences to help them recognize how what they are taught connects with the methods to make things happen. Once the association is made and compared, the new information, process, or tool is put to use right away.

They have a strong sense of quality and economy. They have a propensity for searching out the people, places, and things that meet their standards and are the most judicious investment. Then they often end up disappointed because whatever it was didn’t turn out the way they thought it should.

ESTJ Relationships

For Implementor Supervisors, relationships are about commitment. Relationships can also be about teaching people how to be responsible and what’s important so others will be successful. They tend to have high expectations. The downside is their tendency to take charge, pushing and educating the other person on the right way to do things. They enjoy being with people, keeping track of everyone, and staying connected. They find it very satisfying to have people who will support and stand by them. They want stable relationships where they know they can count on the other person. Their relationships are built on a solid foundation of structure and routine. They tend to do a lot of taking care of what needs to be taken care of, working very hard, and giving of their time.

In their close relationships, they do like to have fun and even be silly. They have a sentimental side that is often hidden but shows in touching moments and a fondness for reminiscing over good times past. They are not expressive very often, especially of negative emotions, because they are so focused on the task at hand. Sometimes they are overly tactful to “be nice.” They really don’t want to hurt others and are likely to show their caring in what they do, the extra steps they take. They love an active social life.

This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ESTJ,"
A Personality Type Description.

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