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ESTJ Workplace Habits and Communication Style

ESTJ Workplace Habits and Communication Style

Updated on Sep 20, 2022 | Published on Sep 20, 2022

Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD , Certified Psychiatrist

ESTJ Workplace Habits and Communication Style

ESTJ workplace habits include their love for well-organized workplaces and proactive, unrestrained communication style. The ESTJ personality style is methodical and prefers to prioritize their calendar every day.

They are able communicators and excellent team workers. They have the ability to network within and outside their immediate work team. This makes the organization enmeshed and working towards achieving bigger goals.

They are friendly, distinct, and can resolve issues peacefully within their office settings. They seek out management roles because of their aggressive leadership qualities.

In this short article, we will talk about their workplace habits and how they manage to carry on their daily work schedules so effortlessly.


ESTJ Workplace

In workplaces, ESTJs are active and you will find them organizing and managing resources, finances, and operations equally well.

They are dedicated, honest, and prefer the same personality traits from their team members and subordinates.

ESTJs can manage human resources and projects single handedly with high end results. They prefer roles that enable them to make quick decisions and enforce new rules and policies.

People with ESTJ personalities prefer structured working environments that are not unruly or messy; otherwise they feel irritated to perform well. ESTJs prefer well defined guidelines of work.

They hate ambiguity and as such feel stressed out in situations that lack exact planning and organization.

In workplaces, ESTJs are master performers. They will never give you a chance to complain about the quality of work that they have done. 

ESTJs are highly responsible people who know the art of getting things done. Their job satisfaction depends upon how well they can connect with the workplace ethics. These individuals are guided by values and traditions. 

Thus, they work best in hierarchical setups where their preferred  task is well defined and they have a chance to perform well and get promoted to the next higher level.

ESTJs like to delegate tasks on time. Thus, they cannot tolerate those who procrastinate and keep turning off their vital decisions. You will always find an ESTJ taking a front desk role when it comes to delegating their work objectives.

ESTJs love to hear appreciation for their work. They like when their opinions are valued by other teammates. They hate being turned down, or not paid attention in the workplace.

Thus, ESTJs work habits include systematic work that is aligned with their beliefs and values. They love to accomplish tasks at the right time, and would not prefer chaos and commotion in workplaces.

They expect serious work from others as well. In this way, they act stubborn and may push others hard to delegate their tasks efficiently.

Now let us discuss about how ESTJs perform in various job roles in an organization:

ESTJ as a colleague

As colleagues, ESTJs are excellent team players. Being an extrovert, ESTJs love to network with all others and get things done. They will accomplish their task in an order.

You will never find them moving around in workplaces aimlessly. They are hardworking, focused, and time-friendly workers. ESTJs are serious people when it comes to accomplishing vital tasks in an organization.

They will never keep things unfinished and would prefer to move on to the next assignment after finishing the previous one. ESTJ colleagues are supportive and helpful. If they find that their teammate is stuck somewhere, they will try their best to assist them.

AS colleagues, ESTJs are also keen to take charge of a situation. Sometimes, they will speak on behalf of a timid co-worker who might be having some issue voicing his/her opinions.

ESTJs are straightforward and direct when it comes to communicating some important information to a teammate. They cannot twist and turn their words, rather prefer to stay direct and logical.

Moreover, ESTJs are not people pleasers. They never try to please their coworkers in order to get things done. These people are fiercely honest, direct, and assertive. They hardly know the technique of conveying things in a roundabout manner.

An ESTJ colleague is also active. You will find them organizing office parties, getaways with their teammates. As colleagues, they know how to keep others happy and focused in workplaces.

An ESTJ colleague sets a work example of dedication and excellence that all others need to follow in an organization. They are logical, upright, and prefer to give honest feedback to their team members, whenever needed.

ESTJ colleagues cannot mince words or tell sugar coated lies in workplaces. Regarding an evaluation process, they will prefer giving honest feedback about team members even if others find it annoying and distasteful.

ESTJ as managers

This is the best job role that ESTJs will fit in fully. They have excellent leadership ability because of their assertive and direct communication style. An ESTJ manager is a doer and a performer. They lead the team by setting an example of hard work and dedication.

People with this personality type make sure that every small detail is taken care of. They will organize their team work in such a way that every team member is clear about their assigned job role.

ESTJ managers communicate clearly. They will give instructions that are precise, clear, and totally unambiguous.

They will create detailed plans that are perfect and will assign tasks to all teammates. ESTJ managers would love to motivate and inspire others with their valuable suggestions.

People with an ESTJ personality type prefer to do things as it has been done for ages. They possess a traditional outlook and prefer time-tested ways of doing things.

You will not find them too bothered about innovative ideologies and stick to age old methods only. As managers, they exhibit excellence in their work and expect the same from all the teammates. They hate sloppy work and when people are not serious in whatever they’re doing.

These individuals lack the ability to connect with their teammates at an emotional level. At times, ESTJ managers appear rude and arrogant. Teammates may not like their straight talk that sounds harsh and rude.

ESTJ managers also act as model workers and want the same level of excellence from others. In doing so, they will put pressure on their peers that are seen as too interfering and annoying by them.

The teammates may find their ESTJ boss too much to handle and may feel upset at times. ESTJ managers also try to take control of all the matters happening in the team that others may not like.

They hate to be turned down and always seek a spotlight place in team meetings. They want to be heard and appreciated for all the opinions and suggestions that they will share in the team meetings. 

In case, if others dismiss their ideas, they may act too arrogant and haughty, as if bursting with pride and honor.

ESTJ as subordinates

ESTJ subordinates are always dutiful and prefer to do as told. They prefer to work in a structured working environment where rules of work are laid down in advance. They prefer concrete things and as such can work under a manager who also possesses a similar mindset as they.

As subordinates, ESTJs are hardworking people and follow company policies diligently. They prefer to follow what the rule says, even if it’s pointless and can be challenged.

At times, they may act stubborn and inflexible. These individuals may not embrace new ideas and try to do things as it has always been done. This can result in conflicts with other team members or with the manager.

They always try to understand the cause-effect relationships in workplaces. Moreover, ESTJs are sensing personalities. So they try to focus on the immediate situation only. 

They cannot understand future possibilities. This attitude may result in a difference of opinion with the hierarchy manager who may want them to look beyond the present time.

ESTJ will never try to experiment on new ideas on their own, unless told by others. Even in doing so, they feel quite uncomfortable, because they seek stability and security at all costs.

Any situation that puts unnecessary pressure on them and tries to enforce new policy changes are perceived as stressful by the ESTJs. They hate being challenged for traditional beliefs that are close to their hearts.

An ESTJ subordinate is also loyal and dedicated. They are humble, decent, and dutiful in their ways and actions. They will never give a chance to their managers to complain about them.

At times, they are brutally honest, which makes them unpopular in workplaces. If they find their manager talking about insensible things, they can pinpoint the manager’s fault brutally.

ESTJs cannot speak sugar coated words. They are honest and trustworthy. Thus, they can criticize their teammates and managers openly.

They prefer to voice their opinions, even the harsh realities as explicitly as possible.


ESTJ personality type and workplace communication

In workplaces, ESTJs prefer straight talk. They love to talk to the point and avoid roundabout discussions. As this personality type is an able communicator, they get to the point directly without wasting any time.

If you are trying to converse with an ESTJ, you should keep your conversation short, precise, and to the point. They dislike conversations that seem like beating along a bush. This makes them get confused.

Just after a quick introduction session, you should get down to the actual business as fast as possible. ESTJs do not like pointless discussions. They feel that time 1s precious and you should speak about things that are of utmost importance.

ESTJs always prefer a task-oriented mindset. Thus, you need to be what they actually like; so that your work gets accomplished on time.

ESTJs are good public speakers because they are vocal and logically expressive. They can present their ideas in front of others in a systematic and well-defined manner.

Another key thing about their communication style is their ability to understand whether the other person is skillful or not. If they find the other person less experienced than them, then they can consider them unequal or even disrespect them openly.

This arrogance can backfire and put the ESTJ amongst haughty, unpopular folks in the office setting.


Having a meeting with ESTJ personality type – What it looks like

Having a meeting with ESTJ means you need to be direct, precise, and clear-cut about the meeting agenda. You cannot show them that you’re not here for a definite purpose.

For an ESTJ, meetings are a serious way to stay connected in workplaces. Thus, they try to keep their meetings meaningful and purposeful. 

Make sure that you send the agenda of the meeting beforehand so that they know what needs to be discussed in the meeting. 

In most office meetings, you will find them taking notes of the meeting. They will appear at the meeting venue on time and expect the same from others.

The ESTJ personality type is interested in engaging discussions. So you need to give them plenty of opportunity to share ideas, and engage in interesting discussions.

ESTJs are not keen to share or listen to personal stories. So, in meetings, you need to avoid them completely. These individuals prefer concrete discussions. The discussion should be precise, to the point, and has a definite purpose.

They dislike casual conversation, small talk, so just keep them off the shelves when you’re planning to meet an ESTj next time.


ESTJ personality type and conflict resolution in the workplace

As far as workplace conflicts are concerned, ESTJs always try to follow a ‘my way’ approach to conflict resolution. This means that they will listen to everyone’s opinion but will take the final call as per their beliefs and value system.

As disagreements and varied opinions take time to resolve, ESTJs try to push their opinions on others. They are good problem solvers as they always show the logical side to the story. 

Many other 16 personality types may have an emotional bent of mind. Thus, they do not understand the logical explanations that these individuals give them.

In such a situation, the conflict gets stuck in between logic and emotion. In this no-win situation, ESTJs may take advantage and try to enforce their thoughts and feelings onto others.

ESTJs avoid getting into conflicts because they know that they are not the types to resolve conflicts peacefully. Moreover, ESTJs feel that conflicts can be quite time consuming. Thus, the efficiency and productivity of work gets hampered.

The ESTJ personality type thinks that managers need to take the final call in conflict resolution. They are bothered with efficiency of work.

You will never find an ESTj getting into illogical arguments that can turn into a never ending squabbling at any time.

These people never entertain emotional drama in workspaces. They want their arguments to be direct, meaningful, and straightforward as much as possible. ESTJs only like logical, meaningful discussions.


To Sum Up

From this short think piece, it is clear that ESTJ workplaces should be organized and the work that they will be doing should be meaningful and concrete. ESTJs love to do tasks that have practical application in real life.

They love to communicate as clearly as possible and expect the same from others. These individuals are free of biased ideas. They value direct, strong, and assertive communication. 

Dragging conversations endlessly without discussing the major points may not be preferred by an ESTJ. Thus, ESTJs are the most serious, proactive, and assertive Myers Briggs type that is found in workplaces.