ESTJs, like America's first president George Washington, are individuals who devote themselves to working for the common good of the social groups they belong to. Because of their undeniable organizational skills and strong minded attitude, they often end up taking the lead of their groups.

Born organiser

If ESTJs have one remarkable ability, it is their second to none capacity to organise the world and lead people around them. This comes so easily and naturally to them that David Keirsey calls them Supervisors. They are very good at using their solid common sense to straighten out processes and procedures. If you need order and discipline on a team, you need a Supervisor!

The commitment to results

Supervisors are what you would call “results oriented”: give them a goal to achieve and they will push themselves and others to reach their target, regardless of almost any kind of difficulty or hardship endured. Not only that, but they will make a point to make an excellent job.

A great sense of responsibility

Supervisors are driven by a very strong work ethic and generally try to comply with regulations and what society at large expects from them. They usually are good citizens with a great sense of responsibilities.

The flip side of the coin

What is a strength in a certain situation becomes a weakness in another one. Therefore, our strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin and very much depend on circumstances.Supervisors need to be aware that some of their strong points can sometimes dis-serve them:
- Being results driven can sometimes result in a lack of patience or understanding with people who do not meet the extremely high standards set by Supervisors. They should try to be more respectful of other people's point of view as this will help them better connect with others.
- Having so much respect for traditions and procedures can sometimes blind Supervisors to other ways of doing things. Keeping an open mind will help them discover more efficient processes.
- In the same way, they also tend to resist change. They should therefore accept that change, however difficult to manage, is sometimes for the better.


It is almost impossible to predict which personalities will get on best. However, type psychologists have tried. Therefore, you can have a look to what they have to say. There are after all, a few good ideas, but you should still be very cautious here, especially for romantic relationships. Be careful about who you entrust your heart to.

David Keirsey says for example in Please Understand Me II that Supervisors would be “most compatible” with ISFP Composers. The idea is that the Composer provides the focus on people and nature to the relationship whilst the Supervisor ensures that everything goes according to plan for the couple.

However, bear in mind that the success of a relationship cannot be predicted on type alone.

Studies and career

Choosing a career is a very important decision. For young people interested in making an informed career choice or anyone willing to change theirs, I strongly recommend that you acquire this fantastic book by Paul Tieger and Barbara Baron: Do What You Are This book explores, for each of the 16 types, the kind of profession that should allow you to make the best use of your strengths and suit your personality better. You will find here a very short list of professions that the authors would advise for ESTJs:
- Teacher: trade, industrial, technical
- Construction and building inspector
- Auditor
- Pharmacist
- Database administrator
- Health services administrator
- Bill and account collector
- Physician (general medicine)
- Industrial engineer
- School principal

Again, be careful because type alone cannot predict if you will be successful in a career. You also need to take into account your own abilities, dedication to your goal, personal interests, state of the economy, professional environment... There is no guarantee in life. However, this book is a great place to start your search.

Self esteem

Type also helps you to understand how to like yourself. In Portraits of Self Esteem , Bonnie J. Golden explains that self esteem is a combination of self-worth and competence in the life areas of relationships, intelligence, emotional self, physical self and work. Basically, the more competent you are in all these areas, the more likely you are to feel good about yourself. Also, it is like not having all your eggs in the same basket: if something bad happens in one of these areas of your life, you will still be able to rely on the others to support yourself. About ESTJs, she mentions the fact that they feel particularly good about themselves when:
- They are offered a position that is normally offered to someone with more experience than they have
- They meet a high-pressure deadline at work
- They are recognised by the people of their team
- They hear that their family is proud of their accomplishments
- They make their mark on the outcome of something

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