The Myers-Briggs® Test ESTP Types and Project Management

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MBTI® ESTP Types and Project Management

The way in which individuals approach projects in slightly different ways can be attributed to his or her Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Personality Type—including the roles they play, the stage of the project they work in, and the type of project that fits them best. Learning about how your Myers-Briggs® Test Personality Type best fits in projects can help you excel in completing goals. This week, we’ll learn how Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Thinking ESTP Types work in the scope of projects.

Each MBTI® Test Type has its own way of looking at a project. Here, we will broadly define a project as “a temporary endeavor, undertaken to create a unique product or service,” including “a definite beginning and a definite end.” (Tucker, 2008, CPP) When working on or completing these projects. Myers-Briggs® ESTP Types look at the grand scheme of the project as one with a quick turn-around that involves direct physical influence and a group of similarly energetic individuals. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Overall, ESTP Types often look for quick answers to preexisting questions—that is, they work toward making something that doesn’t work, work. They take each part of the project at face value, and then build off of what they’ve learned from fixing these small issues in the larger problem. They are fast and efficient thinkers, and like to see each stage develop as its own evolving being. Because they enjoy providing a quick turn-around in their projects, MBTI ESTP Types enjoy working in a spirited and active atmosphere with others who operate on their same level of energy. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Although this kind of energetic workforce can be a powerhouse in project management, Myers-Briggs ESTP Types may take it a step too far, becoming unproductive because of their constant new paths and failure to stay on track. They can also have an almost apathetic approach to these tasks, choosing efficiency and speed over connection with their work or with those invested in it. Being quick thinkers can have its advantages, however—always having a multiple-track mind means that ESTP Types can bring several different alternatives for success to the table. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

In order to balance their energies and use these qualities to their advantage, ESTP Types should take special notes on what alternative routes their projects are taking, which in turn, could help develop a more structured timeline that could help ESTP Types become more effective in all of their decisions. Communication would greatly augment an ESTP Type’s ability to effectively perform project management, whether that means talking through their decisions and thoughts with their team members or listening to the wishes and thoughts of those who have a stake in the project. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

By learning about these shortcomings and strengths—oftentimes arising from the same basic Personality Type ways (in this case, high levels of energy)—ESTP Types can learn how to accurately balance their go-getter attitude, so that they are making the most of this quick thinking ability that oftentimes is why they are so good at project management.

References

Introduction to Type and Project Management. (Jennifer Tucker, 2008, CPP Inc.)

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