Do you know your personality type? I do. I am an ESTJ. I have taken the test in business settings several times in the past decade and always come out the same. More about the Myers-Briggs. Take the Test. What makes an ESTJ tick? The Dominant function is the judging one of Thinking. Characteristics associated with this function include: Likes making decisions on the basis of logic, using objective considerations Is concerned with truth, principles and justice Is analytical and critical, tending to see the flaws in situations Takes an objective approach The judging Thinking function is extraverted. That is, Thinking is used primarily to govern the outer world of actions and spoken words. The ESTJ will therefore: organise life in on a logical basis, classifying, ordering, and directing facts and situations be decisive, with the aim of being just and fair spontaneously criticise be comfortable with conflict as a way of resolving problems take an impersonal approach, focusing more on systems and organisational needs than each individuals' feelings The Thinking function is primarily supported by introverted Sensing perception. That is, Sensing perception is used primarily to manage the inner world of thoughts and emotions. This will modify the way that the Thinking is directed, by: focusing the (outer world) Thinking on practical decisions that lead to tried and trusted ways of organising or solving problems focusing decisions on immediate considerations - e.g.: short term costs and benefits, and the next step The classic temperament of an ESTJ is Epimethean, or Melancholic, for whom a basic driving force is duty, service and belonging. Contributions to the team of an ESTJ In a team environment, the ESTJ can contribute by: working hard and efficiently to complete tasks by the deadlines set contributing practical organisational skills applying relevant and realistic logical arguments calling a spade a spade ensuring the team follows through to completion The potential ways in which an ESTJ can irritate others include: focusing too much on the current task at the expense of broader interpersonal issues being too blunt in giving criticism not seeing the wood for the trees not encouraging others to experiment or innovate not paying enough attention to others' feelings and values Personal Growth As with all types, the ESTJ can achieve personal growth by developing all functions that are not fully developed, through actions such as: pausing and thinking, and recognising that others will accept the ESTJ's direction if their own contributions are accepted and valued working within other people's limitations taking time to consider the impact of the ESTJ's approach and ideas on people's feelings expressing appreciation towards others consulting others more, to engender ownership of the solution learning to acknowledge and develop the ESTJ's own emotions and personal values spending time alone to develop personal long-term strategies spending time to develop personal relationships for their own sake Recognising Stress As stress increases, 'learned behaviour' tends to give way to the natural style, so the ESTJ will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the ESTJ might: take command, decide what needs to be done, and tell everyone what to do use tried and trusted solutions to short-term problems make decisions too quickly, and without considering the impact on people criticise others efforts and ignore their feelings Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ESTJ's shadow may appear - a negative form of INFP. Example characteristics are: withdrawing and wanting to be alone having intense emotions, that may or may not be expressed being very sensitive to criticism attributing unrealistic negative meaning to others actions or statements The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. The ESTJ may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.