The ESTJ Personality Type and Decision-Making

Geeta AnejaESTJ, MBTI, Type and Decision-Making

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Have you ever felt frustrated by how your co-workers make decisions? Maybe they seem illogical or their process feels disjointed? If not resolved early, these tensions can snowball and escalate, causing large-scale disruptions in workplace environments. These challenges can be aided with a little insight into your own and others’ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type. An individual’s MBTI® personality type, in this case The ESTJ personality type, can shape what they consider throughout the decision-making process, how they conceptualize agreements, and much more. Taking the time to understand one’s personality type can help you and your team improve and streamline your decision-making, and build deeper mutual understanding in the process.

ESTJ personality types (Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging), for instance, are sensible, practical people, who first define the criteria for their intervention and gather all of the human and capital resources which may be relevant to a particular decision. While this focus is sometimes overly quantitative, they tend to be well-grounded individuals, focused on making an impact in the real world. That said, as they continue to grow as leaders and decision-makers, they should make an effort to carefully consider options which may have a non-quantifiable impact.

ESTJ Personality Type

Learn about The ESTJ Personality Type and their Decision-Making Processes.

As they evaluate their options and eventually commit to a particular course of action, ESTJ personality types tend to be systematic, for instance creating lists or models, and to lean towards options which are practical and realistic to implement in a reasonable period of time. Once they establish an optimal course of action, they tend to jump in with both feet with great enthusiasm. That said, “optimal” from their point of view can often mean “utilitarian” – once they find a logical outcome, they rarely consider additional, more creative courses of action. As a result, ESTJ’s tend to benefit from others’ innovation, especially if they can tie non-traditional courses of action to a material impact on the real world.

ESTJ personality types are tireless in their implementation, overcoming any obstacles which may stand in their way. They also hold their word as their bond, and use the same high standards they have for themselves for all of their peers and colleagues as well. While this is in some ways a strength, at the same time, they may neglect to consider individuals’ needs and personalities, and instead expect everyone to approach implementation in the same manner. They may benefit from others taking the time to provide different methods or approaches, which are equally productive, but which may account for different peoples’ personalities, strengths, or values.

As ESTJ’s look back on decisions, they have a tendency to analyze their behaviors, retrace their steps, and consider how they could have improved their process. However, this reflection tends to be process and data-driven, neglecting the human impact, as well as any issues that may have been beyond their control. In order to continue to develop, ESTJ’s should come to terms with the reality that some challenges are impossible to surmount because of extenuating circumstances. They should also make an effort to understand that decisions ought to be not just rational, but also compassionate.  With these simple steps, they can become even better decision-makers in and beyond the workplace.

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