The MBTI or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a famous personality assessment test recognized universally for its accuracy and applications. The test poses a series of questions that help you identify your personality from 16 types.

Developed by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers, the MBTI is a great way to learn more about yourself—your qualities, strengths and weaknesses. If you want to understand yourself better, taking an MBTI can help! 

One of the personality types is the ESFJ personality type. It’s the consul personality type, defining someone who is extroverted (E), observant or sensing (S), feeling (F) and judging (J). Each of these four elements is a reflection of what an ESFJ type is.


  1. An Overview Of The ESFJ Personality Type

  2. Strengths And Weaknesses Of An ESFJ Personality Type

An Overview Of The ESFJ Personality Type


The Consul personality type is someone who offers guidance to people, helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. They spread joy and positivity around them, making it better for everyone. This is a popular personality type that enjoys the spotlight and leads people in the right direction. 

Popular ESFJ characters are Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Sally Field and Monica Geller from Friends.

Here are some ESFJ personality traits:

  1. If there’s one personality that works the room at a party, to make sure everyone’s having a good time, it’s the ESFJ personality type.
  2. Someone with ESFJ personality traits is outgoing, sociable and friendly, with many friends, acquaintances and a robust network.
  3. The ESFJ type believes in maintaining order, resolving conflicts and solving fights so everyone gets along.
  4. They’re vocal about their ideas, requiring everyone to appreciate them. But when they don’t, ESFJs can feel dejected and hurt.
  5. ESFJ traits include being a role model for others.

If ESFJs work at things they can control, they’ll likely deliver better results. You may have a coworker who exhibits ESFJ traits. If you know their personality, you can engage in a better, more productive way. It also helps to sidestep certain situations which may lead to conflict.

ESFJs at work are good with hierarchy, respecting authority and following orders when needed. They’re efficient employees and prefer a workplace that has a certain code of conduct. 

Strengths And Weaknesses Of An ESFJ Personality Type


Each of the 16 personalities has its strengths and weaknesses. Whether you’re an ESFJ or you know someone who has a Consul personality type, you’ll likely find qualities that set them apart.

Here are the strengths of an ESFJ personality:

  • Routine tasks are not a problem for an ESFJ personality type as they enjoy the daily tasks that bring order to their day
  • ESFJs are responsible and reliable, always meeting expectations so as not to skip their obligations
  • Someone with an ESFJ personality type is loyal and dedicated as a friend and colleague
  • They have close-knit groups of friends as ESFJs are trustworthy, loyal and reliable
  • Consuls are sociable and comfortable in the company of others. These traits make them well-liked at work
  • They enjoy the harmony that comes with a structured organization, doing their best work when they have a defined role

Here are the weaknesses of an ESFJ personality:

  • What makes them sociable also makes an ESFJ worried about a dip in their social standing. They’re likely to get caught up in the norms
  • ESFJs can be rigid, stubborn and inflexible if it means compromising their social status
  • They may have limited creativity as they’re more inclined to stick to a routine as long as it doesn’t shake things up
  • Consuls don’t always like to step outside their comfort zone because they don’t want to seem different from others
  • Consuls thrive on appreciation and being well-liked. This may compel them to please people even if they have bad ideas

Now that you have an idea of the strengths, weaknesses of an ESFJ personality type and ESFJ personality traits, you’ll find it easier to pinpoint someone with similar traits at work. You may be able to relate to some of these qualities as well.

If you want to learn how to understand and read others, Harappa’s Decoding Others course will teach you how. Understand their sensibilities, strengths and work styles to enable better collaboration. You’ll equip yourself with a strategic mindset to help catalyze change and become an influencer.

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