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ESTJ Personality Type – The “Overseer”

Extraverted (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T) and Judging (J)

The ESTJ personality type is nicknamed the "Overseer" and belongs to the SJ Protector temperament. ESTJs are responsible and hardworking. Tradition and loyalty are deeply valued by them. As quintessential leaders, ESTJs provide structure and high standards to followers. When making decisions, they rely on logic and facts. Overseers are efficient and thrive on routine and stability. They are committed and predictable people.

Directing their energy outwardly, ESTJs are gregarious, talkative and assertive. They like groups and social gatherings and are energized by interaction. Overseers process information through their senses. They are concrete, realistic, practical and factual. As Thinkers, ESTJs are logical and objective. They are firm with people and can be critical. They are frank although not always tactful. Overseers are decisive and organized. Their lives are structured and scheduled. They are quick at tasks and enjoy finishing projects. They seek closure.

ESTJs are loyal and committed to family. They appreciate lasting relationships with friends and neighbors. They seek to preserve traditions and create security for their loved ones. ESTJs enjoy the simple pleasures of life and do not like to feel controlled or taken advantage of.

"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened." — Billy Graham

ESTJs are concrete learners and often do well in school. Teachers appreciate their dependable and studious nature. ESTJs are able to study hard and excel in a variety of fields. They often choose careers that call upon their leadership abilities.

Describing an ESTJ

ESTJs can often be described with these words. They commonly posess the following strengths and weaknesses.

Characteristic of an ESTJ

  • Responsible
  • Hardworking
  • Practical
  • Punctual
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Logical
  • Traditional
  • Leader
  • Loyal
  • Grounded
  • Confident
  • Gregarious
  • Critical
  • Objective
  • Decisive
  • Concrete
  • Efficient
  • Disciplined
  • Dependable
  • Sacrificial
  • Committed
  • Talkative
  • Direct

Typical Strengths

  • Dutiful and responsible
  • Loyal and committed
  • Good at following through with tasks
  • Social and enthusiastic
  • Born leader

Possible Weaknesses

  • Not natural at expressing feelings
  • Can be blunt and insensitive
  • Likes to always be right
  • Needs to be in charge
ESTJs by Gender Pie Chart
  • ESTJs make up about 13% of all 16 personality types. There are more ESTJs than any other personality type. On average, people are more Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging than the other preferences.
  • 1 in every 6 males is an ESTJ (16% of all males). 1 in every 10 females is an ESTJ (10% of all females). There are more male ESTJs than any other type-gender combination, with the exception of female ESFJs.
  • There are significantly more male ESTJs than there are female ESTJs. Just over one-third of ESTJs are female. One reason there are more male ESTJs is that males tend to be Thinkers (T) while females are more often Feelers (F).

ESTJ Preferences

The ESTJ's Preferences are Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. These determine the ESTJ's Personality Type.

Extraverted (E)

Extraversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the world outside the self. ESTJs are energized by social gatherings, parties and group activities. Extraverts are usually enthusiastic, gregarious and animated. Their communication style is verbal and assertive. As Extraverts, ESTJs often need to talk. They enjoy the limelight.

Thinking (T)

Thinking prioritizes objectivity. As Thinkers, ESTJs make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart (but are not without emotion). ESTJs judge situations and others based on logic. They value truth over tact and can easily identify flaws. They are critical thinkers and oriented toward problem solving.

Sensing (S)

Sensing focuses on the present. As sensors, ESTJs are "here and now" people. They are factual and process information through the five senses. They see things as they are because they are concrete and literal thinkers. They trust what is certain. ESTJ value realism and common sense. They like ideas with practical applications.

Judging (J)

As Judging people, ESTJs think sequentially. They value order and organization. Their lives are scheduled and structured. ESTJs seek closure and enjoy completing tasks. They take deadlines seriously. They work then they play. The Judging preference does not mean judgmental. Judging refers to how a day-to-day activities at dealt with.

ESTJ Cognitive Functions

Every person engages the world through four Cognitive Functions. The ESTJ's primary function is Extraverted Thinking and secondary is Introverted Sensing.

Extraverted Thinking (Primary)

ESTJs use this function most often. While Thinking (T), ESTJs make decisions based on logic. The Extraverted Thinking function enables them to organize and categorize items such as thoughts and arguments. It is the ability to see the logical consequences of actions. It follows sequence and organization.

Introverted Sensing (Secondary)

ESTJs use of this function is somewhat high. Through Sensing (S), ESTJs process data with their five senses. The Introverted Sensing function allows them to remember data in detail and to compare it with current information. It is the ability to link present experiences to past experiences in search for a connection.

Extraverted Intuition (Tertiary)

ESTJs use this function but to a lesser degree. With Intuition (N), ESTJs process new information through impressions, possibilities and meanings. Extraverted Intuition allows them to see different paths or ways. When an ESTJ receives information, they are able to see that there is more than one way to look at things.

Introverted Feeling (Least)

ESTJs use this function least of the four. When Feeling (F), Overseers make decisions based on feelings, so the Introverted Feeling function allows them to know what they value. It is the ability to see through others and know what they are like as if the ESTJ had internal radar. There is a desire to connect when they identify a person with similar values.

ESTJs and Work

Overseers possess a strong work ethic. They are organized and willing to make sacrifices to accomplish a task. They are committed to excellence and have high expectations of others. ESTJs like being appreciated and recognized. As leaders, they provide continuity and direction. They are energized by tangible results.

ESTJ Career Matches

People with the ESTJ personality type may find satisfaction with the following careers which tend to match well with their Overseer personality.

  • Accountant
  • Senior Manager
  • Auditor
  • Military Officer
  • Banker
  • Financial Officer
  • Government Worker
  • Engineer
  • Police Officer
  • Business Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Specialist
  • Detective
  • Scientist
  • Judge
  • Insurance Agent
  • Economist
  • Teacher
  • Editor
  • Technical Specialist
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Underwriter
  • Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Manager
  • Librarian
  • Researcher

Famous ESTJs

Here is a sampling of Famous People and Fictional Characters that may share the ESTJ personality type.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    American President
  • James Monroe
    American President
  • Andrew Jackson
    American President
  • William Henry Harrison
    American President
  • Grover Cleveland
    American President
  • George W. Bush
    American President
  • Bill Frist
    Senate Majority Leader
  • Simon Cowell
    Television Personality
  • Carrie Nation
  • Elliot Ness
    Prohibition Agent
  • John D. Rockefeller
    Industrialist, Philanthropist
  • Bette Davis
  • Robert A. Taft
    Governor of Ohio
  • Judith Sheindlin
    Judge, Television Personality
  • Sam Walton
    Founder of Walmart
  • Rev. Billy Graham
    Evangelist, Writer
  • Pat Summit
    Basketball Coach
  • Joan Rivers
    Comedian, TV Personality
  • Daniel Craig
  • Lucy van Pelt
    Peanuts (Charlie Brown)
  • Rachel Lynde
    Anne of Green Gables
  • The Mayor
    The Music Man
  • Tony Soprano
    The Sopranos
  • Daniel LaRusso
    The Karate Kid
  • Princess Leia Organa
    Star Wars
  • Yosemite Sam
    Looney Tunes
  • Angelica
  • Mrs. Harbottle
    All Creatures Great and Small


ESTJs bring order to chaotic situations. They use common sense and are down-to-earth. They are industrious and service-oriented. ESTJs enjoy people and like staying connected. Their greatest contribution is their ability to preserve traditions and provide security for their family and community.