ESTJ Personality Type

The Commander in Myers Briggs

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What is the ESTJ personality type (The Commander)?
People with an ESTJ personality type tend to be organized, loyal, and hard-working in their behavior. They are good, law-abiding citizens with a desire to lead. They are very principled and thrive when they are helping and encouraging others to follow a set of beliefs and values.

ESTJ Personality Traits

ESTJ types are very high energy. They’d rather spend their time with other people than alone.

They tend to pay more attention to the details of a situation. They make decisions based on what they see right now.

Commanders base their decisions on what makes sense, rather than what feels right. They listen to their head, not their heart.

They are responsible and like to plan ahead. They hold themselves accountable by making lists and following set processes and rules.


In summary, ESTJ personality types tend to...

  • Follow rules and listen to authority figures
  • Absorb the specifics of a situation
  • Enjoy time spent around other people
  • Create and abide by schedules
  • Listen to their logic when making decisions

ESTJ Meaning

  • (E) EXTROVERSION: Extroverts tend to draw energy from spending time around other people.
  • (S) SENSING: Sensing types usually prefer to experience new things and focus on the reality of the situation.
  • (T) THINKING: Thinking types tend to follow their head and consider facts when making decisions.
  • (J) JUDGING: Judging types tend to be very structured and organized.

ESTJ Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the ESTJ personality type include...

  • Making well-thought-out, practical decisions
  • Ability to effectively lead large groups of people
  • Listening to and respecting authority figures
  • Strong beliefs and values that act as motivators
  • Natural confidence in their abilities

ESTJ Weaknesses

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the ESTJ personality type include...

  • Difficulty adapting to unexpected circumstances
  • Lack of tolerance when disagreeing with another’s actions
  • Tendency to take control, even when it's not their place
  • Struggling to express feelings or emotions

How ESTJ personality types like to work

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Communicating

Communicating with an ESTJ personality type

Be respectful and forward; communicate clearly and directly.
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Meeting

Meeting with an ESTJ personality type

Send an agenda beforehand so ESTJs feel organized and know what to expect; allow room for engagement.
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Emailing

Emailing an ESTJ personality type

Don’t worry about including casual conversation; instead, get straight to the issue at hand.
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Feedback

Giving feedback to an ESTJ personality type

Include practical advice and direction when giving feedback.
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Conflict

Resolving conflict with an ESTJ personality type

Avoid overly emotional expressions and logically explain your point of view.

ESTJ Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Motivations

ESTJ personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Ethical, inspiring action from others
  • Organization and structure in their personal life
  • Time spent with the people they love
  • Strong and admirable leadership
  • Establishing a routine or tradition

ESTJ Stress

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Stress

ESTJ personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Disorganization and chaos around them
  • Inconsistent relationships with others
  • Emotional or vulnerable situations
  • Disappointments from other people
  • Unfamiliar experiences and unexpected change

ESTJ Careers

ESTJs tend to thrive in organized environments that value hard work and effectiveness. They enjoy leading others to success and establishing a smoothly-running workflow.

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Energized at Work

ESTJ personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are recognized for their contributions.
  • Their boss gives them opportunities to lead.
  • Their peers are motivated by a strong sense of right and wrong.
  • Their direct reports easily follow instruction.
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Drained at work

ESTJ personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They work in a supporting role.
  • Their boss is corrupt or irresponsible.
  • Their peers don’t take their jobs seriously.
  • Their direct reports ask too many personal questions.

ESTJs are hard-working and motivated. They appreciate order and want to help the world make sense. They thrive in environments that allow them to lead and encourage them to set an example. 

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with ESTJ personality types

  • Police Officer
  • School Administrator
  • Military Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Financial Officer
  • Judge

ESTJ Relationships (Professional)

ESTJs offer practical ideas that can help a less-focused team work more productively and efficiently.

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Working With

ESTJ personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Make reasonable, well thought-out choices
  • Accept smaller supporting roles
  • Directly address any problems
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Professional Obstacles

ESTJ personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Need to empathetically consider multiple perspectives
  • Assume a leadership role when it’s not their place
  • Neglect to share feedback with others in a sensitive way

ESTJ Relationships (Romantic)

ESTJs can be loyal, thoughtful partners who focus on addressing conflict openly and building a strong, lasting relationship.

Myers-Briggs ESTJ Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Commander personality types bring strengths like...

  • Quickly addressing issues as they arise
  • Standing up for and protecting their partner
  • Addressing emotionally difficult situations with logic
Myers-Briggs ESTJ Romantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Commander personality types may have trouble...

  • Openly sharing their feelings
  • Assuming the supporting role in a situation
  • Tolerating actions that they disagree with

ESTJ Females

Women with the ESTJ personality type

ESTJ females tend to be hard-working, responsible thinkers. They are likely to enjoy following set rules and routines, which may help them feel consistently organized. They tend to be skilled at making logically sound decisions and leading large groups. Though they may have a more difficult time opening up emotionally, their ability to think clearly, even in stressful situations, helps prevent them from acting on impulse. Others may unfairly criticize ESTJ females for being so bold, but they are likely to continue being unapologetically themselves.

ESTJ Females

Famous ESTJ Females

  • Diane Sawyer
  • Barbara Walters
  • Ella Baker
  • Daisy Ridley
  • Lucy Liu
  • Megyn Kelly

ESTJ Males

Men with the ESTJ personality type

ESTJ males tend to be confident, practical people, who are often very direct in sharing their thoughts and opinions. They are likely to respect and listen to authority figures, often seeing rules as fundamentally necessary. They may abide by a strict ethical code that can help them make well-thought-out, moral decisions.

ESTJ Males

Famous ESTJ Males

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Drew Carey
  • Steve Ballmer
  • James Monroe

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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to Myers-Briggs Type ESTJ. 

DISC Type CD, Dc, D, or Di

Enneagram Type 6 or 8

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