What makes a good leader great is the ability to recognize greatness in others. Leaders who lead by example, relying on fact rather than fiction are what healthy work environments are built on.

The ESTJ personality type—one of 16 personalities on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—is one of a true leader. Famous and inspiring ESTJ characters are Ella Baker, activist and educator who inspired people like Rosa Parks, and Sonia Sotomayor, the associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US. She said, “I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.”

Well-respected by the people who surround them, the Executive personality type sticks to their principles, having faith in the law and doing right by their people.

Read on to learn more about ESTJ personality traits and discover whether you have someone with ESTJ traits in your workplace!


  1. What Is The MBTI?

  2. An Overview Of The ESTJ Personality Type

  3. An ESTJ In The Workplace 

What Is The MBTI?


The MBTI or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a self-report personality assessment test developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs-Myers. Based on Carl Jung’s theories of extraversion and introversion, the MBTI is a widely recognized personality test that helps people understand your traits, strengths, weaknesses, workplace habits and relationships.

There are 16 personalities, each a four-letter acronym with the following elements:

  • Extroversion (E)
  • Sensing or Observant (S)
  • Thinking (T)
  • Intuitive (N)
  • Judgment (J)
  • Feeling (F)
  • Perception or Prospecting (P)
  • Introversion (I)

For instance, the ESTJ personality is extroverted (E), sensing (S), thinking (T) and judging (J). The Executive personality type falls under the ‘sentinel’ category of the 16 personalities—the other three are analysts, Diplomats and Explorers. Sentinels are observant, seeking stability, order and security. Let’s discuss ESTJ personality traits and ESTJ characters to get a closer look. 

An Overview Of The ESTJ Personality Type


A persona with ESTJ personality traits believes in what’s right. They uphold traditions, law and order. What makes them leaders is how they bring people together with their ability to differentiate between right and wrong.

The role that best suits an ESTJ personality type is that of a community organizer. This is one of the reasons why many people with an Executive personality type have served as presidents, political leaders and legal advisors.

Here’s an overview of ESTJ personality traits: 

  1. If you’ve watched Parks And Recreation, you’re familiar with Leslie Knope’s drive and dedication toward her job. She’s a quintessential community organizer, happy to bring communities together for local events and celebrations.
  2. Even someone as eccentric as Dwight Schrute from The Office is an ESTJ because he was extremely loyal to his organization, his frenemies and his boss.
  3. ESTJs make supportive mentors because they’re able to see a person’s strengths and weaknesses, guiding them in the right direction based on their skills and abilities.
  4. If there ever was the perfect citizen, it would be someone with an ESTJ personality type because they have faith in the law, mobilizing people for the betterment of the community.
  5. The Executive personality type always keeps their promises, and if someone stands in the way of that, they don’t hold back their anger.

Executive traits like these are what makes ESTJs excellent managers who look out for their juniors. They’re consistent, hard-working and rule-abiding employees. But they can also be stubborn in an attempt to do everything by the book. Organizations that follow a flexible work culture may not always suit the tendencies of an ESTJ. 

An ESTJ In The Workplace


At work, we encounter several different types of people—some who work well independently, others who prefer more collaboration. You may be able to recognize some ESTJs around you based on ESTJ personality traits. If you’re an ESTJ, it’s important to find a workplace that fits your outlook, abilities and personality.

With Harappa’s Navigating Workplaces course, you’ll learn about an essential workplace tool: The Culture Fit. Many of us believe it’s the work that determines our employee experience when in fact it’s the organizational culture. Is it a flexible, fast-paced start-up? Is it a hierarchical structure with clear lines of authority? Whether it’s the former or latter, you need to find the one that works for you. Building meaningful relationships, identifying stakeholders and understanding power structures becomes much simpler when you’re in a place you feel comfortable in. Enroll today and learn how to navigate your organizational culture, cut through office politics and resolve conflicts.

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