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Personality Types

ESTJ Personality Type — The Overseer

ESTJ Overseers are responsible and hard working. Tradition and loyalty are deeply valued by them. As quintessential leaders, they provide structure and high standards to followers. When making decisions, they rely on logic and facts. ESTJs are efficient and thrive on routine and stability. They are committed and predictable.

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The ESTJ personality type is of the SJ Protector temperament.

ESTJ Preferences

Preferences: Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), Judging (J)

Directing their energy outwardly, ESTJs are gregarious, talkative and assertive. They like groups and social gatherings and are energized by interaction. ESTJs process information through their senses. They are concrete, realistic, practical and factual.

As Thinkers, ESTJs are logical and objective. They are firm with people and can be critical. They are frank although not always tactful. ESTJs are decisive and organized. Their lives are structured and scheduled. They are quick at tasks and enjoy finishing projects. They seek closure.

Describing an ESTJ

ESTJs can often be described using these words.
  • Responsible
  • Hard working
  • Practical
  • Punctual
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Logical
  • Traditional
  • Leader
  • Loyal
  • Grounded
  • Confident
  • Gregarious
  • Critical
  • Objective
  • Decisive
  • Concrete
  • Efficient
  • Disciplined
  • Dependable
  • Sacrificial
  • Committed
  • Talkative
  • Direct
  • Assertive

ESTJs and Relationships

ESTJs are loyal and committed to family. They appreciate lasting relationships with friends and neighbors. They seek to preserve traditions and create security for their loved ones. ESTJs enjoy the simple pleasures of life and do not like to feel controlled or taken advantage of.

ESTJs and Work / Career

ESTJs possess a strong work ethic. They are organized and willing to make sacrifices to accomplish a task. They are committed to excellence and have high expectations of others. ESTJs like being appreciated and recognized. As leaders, they provide continuity and direction. They are energized by tangible results.

ESTJ Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ESTJ personality.
  • Accountant
  • Senior Manager
  • Auditor
  • Military Officer
  • Banker
  • Financial Officer
  • Government Worker
  • Engineer
  • Police Officer
  • Business Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Specialist
  • Detective
  • Scientist
  • Judge
  • Insurance Agent
  • Economist
  • Teacher
  • Editor
  • Technical Specialist
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Underwriter
  • Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Manager
  • Librarian
  • Researcher
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ESTJs and Learning / School

ESTJs are concrete learners and often do well in school. Teachers appreciate their dependable and studious nature. ESTJs are able to study hard and excel in a variety of fields. They often choose careers that call upon their leadership abilities.

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ESTJ Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that ESTJs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ESTJ Strengths

  • Dutiful and responsible
  • Loyal and committed
  • Good at following through with tasks
  • Social and enthusiastic
  • Born leader

Possible ESTJ Weaknesses

  • Not natural at expressing feelings
  • Can be blunt and insensitive
  • Likes to always be right
  • Needs to be in charge
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Famous ESTJs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ESTJs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ESTJ People

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    American President
  • James Monroe
    American President
  • Andrew Jackson
    American President
  • William Henry Harrison
    American President
  • Grover Cleveland
    American President
  • George W. Bush
    American President
  • Bill Frist
    Senate Majority Leader
  • Simon Cowell
    Television Personality
  • Carrie Nation
  • Elliot Ness
    Prohibition Agent
  • John D. Rockefeller
    Industrialist, Philanthropist
  • Bette Davis
  • Bill O'Reilly
    Political Commentator
  • Robert A. Taft
    Governor of Ohio
  • Judith Sheindlin
    Judge, TV Personality
  • Sam Walton
    Founder of Walmart
  • Rev. Billy Graham
    Evangelist, Writer
  • Pat Summit
    Basketball Coach
  • Bill O'Reilly
    Political Commentator
  • Joan Rivers
    Comedian, TV Personality
  • Daniel Craig

Fictional ESTJ Characters

  • Lucy van Pelt
    Peanuts (Charlie Brown)
  • Rachel Lynde
    Anne of Green Gables
  • The Mayor
    The Music Man
  • Tony Soprano
    The Sopranos
  • Daniel LaRusso
    The Karate Kid
  • Princess Leia Organa
    Star Wars
  • Yosemite Sam
    Looney Tunes
  • Angelica
  • Mrs. Harbottle
    All Creatures Great and Small


ESTJ Overseers bring order to chaotic situations. They use common-sense and are down-to-earth. They are industrious and service-oriented. ESTJs enjoy people and like staying connected. Their greatest contribution is their ability to preserve traditions and provide security for their family and community.

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