The Myers-Briggs® ESTJ Personality Type and Project Management

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Working on projects is a task that we all complete at some point in our lives, but the way that we approach, plan, and complete these projects varies depending on our Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator (MBTI®) Personality Type. This week, we’ll learn how Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing (ESTJ) types best complete projects and work in project teams.

For us, projects are considered any “temporary endeavor, undertaken to create a unique product or service,” involving “a definite beginning and a definite end.” (Tucker, 2008, CPP) For ESTJ Types, projects often involve a group of people working together to create and develop a physical invention or service. MBTI ESTJ Personality Types are active motivators that strategically bring individuals together to create something that will impress those who invest their time and money in the overall outcome of the project. Better yet, they do so in a timely and frugal fashion. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

ESTJ Personality Types are very scheduled and organized with their projects, actively making sure that the project is completed within the financial, temporal, and development plan that they first set out with—even keeping their stakeholders up-to-date on progress through collaboration and informative meetings. Because of their desire to keep everyone immediately involved in the project on the same page, however, ESTJ Types can run the risk of allowing important collaborative organizations or specific recurring details to pass them by. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

When it comes to the structure of the project, MBTI ESTJ Types like to keep everything organized and orderly, even when it implies to the group members of the project. They prefer that everyone’s duties and leadership status be clearly outlined, and that everyone knows what is expected of them. ESTJ Types also prefer that their team (and the work environment where they complete their project) be full of energy, excitement, and intelligent, project-related conversation. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

ESTJ Personality Types are not only extremely focused on the project at hand but they are also incredible efficient at offering a solution that has specific relevance and purpose, meaning that they don’t just skirt around the issue—they set out to tackle a problem and they deliver on that in a timely fashion. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

Occasionally, there are a few road bumps that ESTJ Types may find themselves running into, such as being so caught up in the details and the immediate satisfaction of completing a project that they fail to relate it to the big picture. Similarly, their desire for a strict plan and regiment can make them seem as though they are closed off to alternatives that may work just as well, or even better. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

In order to remedy these, it behooves the MBTI ESTJ Type to view the project on a larger scale, rather than just focusing on the details and each step that they’ve clearly outlined. It also would help the ESTJ Type to become more personally involved with the project team and with the stakeholders, allowing for more collaboration and in-depth understanding of everyone’s thoughts and needs. (Tucker, 2008, CPP)

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

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