The Director




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Strong-willed, principled leaders. Embrace order, directness, and honesty. Organized and reliable.

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ESTJs love order and organizing almost as much as they love taking charge. Self-confident types that place a high value on rules and security, ESTJs — or Directors — are skilled at providing guidance and bringing groups together. Directors care deeply about authority and law, and often dedicate themselves to enforcing others to follow accepted ideas of what is right and wrong. Because of this, they're often outspoken; you can count on a Director to speak the truth in interest of maintaining order.

As extraverts who thrive on a sense of belonging, this type loves to gather people for events and celebrations, and cares immensely about community and family. Because of this, they often seek out clubs and civic organizations, and put their time toward upholding groups and traditions. Purposeful leaders, ESTJs exhibit strong vision and strong work ethic.

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ESTJs are all about stability — once they've committed to something, it's for the long-term. Personable and consistent, they are energetic and boisterous partners but typically less spontaneous. ESTJs are active in all parts of their life, and are best suited to like-minded partners who share their love of community and social events.

Their love of rules and tradition can lead to some rigidity, as Directors may expect relationships to follow a certain path or route. That said, you'll never be left guessing with an ESTJ: as one of the most straightforward types, they'll always tell you clearly and honestly what they're feeling. Though they avoid overly-sentimental displays of their love, Directors are clear in their intentions, and will find rational, to-the-point ways of expressing their romantic feelings.

ESTJs are consistent and orderly, and expect the same from those around them. They take pride in "doing things by the book" and prefer clear guidelines to experimentation. As extraverts, they are strong networkers and connectors, and enjoy feeling like an essential part of the team. Effective and hardworking, ESTJs are unlikely to slack or cut corners, and can be trusted to bring vigor to all that do. Ever-honest, you can trust a Director to voice their concerns if they feel a task, method, or process should be changed or improved in the workplace.

Directors are led by their strong convictions — and usually this is a great thing. But sometimes they get so caught up in their ideas of "right" and "wrong" that they fail to make room for a gray area. Because of this, ESTJs can come across as judgemental or inflexible, and may experience difficulty relaxing in disorderly environments. As factual and straightforward communicators, ESTJs have trouble expressing themselves emotionally, and benefit from taking a step back from the facts to make room for more abstract or poetic mindsets.

Unhealthy Adaptations

  • Being so focused on order and rules that they overlook new ways of doing things
  • Coming across as inflexible in unconventional settings or circumstances
  • Fixating on public opinions and meeting expectations
  • Feeling discomfort in emotional or abstract contexts
  • Coming across as insensitive to sentimental loved ones

Confident, determined, and rules-oriented, Directors are strong leaders who feel genuine enjoyment when heading a taskforce, project, or team. As clear communicators, they're highly effective at outlining expectations and deadlines. As types who are dedicated to meeting expectations, ESTJs are great at keeping clients and employers happy, and tend to naturally advance to leadership roles in the workplace.

Due to their dislike of chaos or disorganization, ESTJs can come across as impatient with employees or colleagues who work differently from them.

An asset to any administrative role, ESTJs thrive in business settings, and can be trusted to be consistent, organized managers with clear, documented plans for their company or team.

Directors love to lead, and thrive in environments where they can apply their principles and morals to a larger cause or group. Because of their love of order, they do best in environments with established rules and structures. Truthful and with a strong concern for what's "right", ESTJs are happiest around individuals who share their regard for tradition, security, and consistency.

Healthy Adaptations

  • Putting their leadership skills toward a greater good or social cause
  • Dedicating their time toward creating a sense of community
  • Working in roles where they can calmly delegate and oversee projects
  • Striving for order while keeping an open mind to change and new ideas
  • Speaking their minds while making room for others' perspectives