Proud to be an ISTJ

Proud to be an ISTJ

George Washington was an ISTJ
George Washington was an ISTJ

I’m just another introvert … sensing, thinking and judging my way through life. Get it? I’m an ISTJ! And at least according to this site, so are George Washington and Dana Scully.

From Wikipedia, George Washington was “an able administrator, excellent delegator and judge of talent and character, systematic, orderly, energetic, solicitous of the opinion of others … but decisive, intent upon general goals and the consistency of particular actions with them.”

Dana Scully was one of the main characters in The X-Files, a science fiction TV series that ran from 1993 to 2002. As a medical doctor and natural skeptic, it was her role to debunk the paranormal cases that she and her partner, Fox Mulder, were investigating.

I’ve taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator several times now, most recently at a team-building day for my leadership team. For better or worse, I come out an ISTJ every time. The one change I’ve noticed is that early in my career I was a clear S; today my N score is nearly equal to my S score. I’ve become more intuitive and willing to rely on my imagination. I’m less stuck on what has happened and more open to what might happen.

I don’t think my core personality has changed as much as my career has evolved in a way that intuition plays a bigger role. As I’ve progressed from staff to manager to executive, I’ve been pushed to create and innovate, to find new ways to solve old problems.

Here are the strengths of a typical ISTJ. Since it’s my blog, you’ll have to go read about the weaknesses somewhere else!

  • Jacks of all trades. ISTJ personalities tend to be very observant and good with facts. They often know something about everything and that internal encyclopedia often proves to be very useful in challenging situations.
  • Strong-willed and dutiful. ISTJs are willing to work very hard to make sure that they fulfill all their obligations. People with this personality type are patient and determined individuals who always keep the end goal in sight.
  • Very responsible. A promise means everything to an ISTJ. They would rather work overtime and lose sleep than fail to deliver the result that someone else is expecting. ISTJ personalities also tend to be extremely loyal, putting their duties above everything else.
  • Good at creating and enforcing order. ISTJs loathe chaos and always seek to come up with some kind of structure or a set or rules, regardless of what they do. They also do not shy away from enforcing the existing regulations and have zero tolerance for rule breakers.
  • Calm and practical. ISTJ personalities very rarely lose their temper, always approaching things from a calm and rational perspective. They believe that emotions should not be part of the decision-making process and always have their feet firmly on the ground. Not surprisingly, this also makes ISTJs quite resistant to criticism (in most situations).
  • Honest and direct. ISTJs strongly dislike mind games, reading between the lines and emotional manipulation. They do not mince their words and prefer an inconvenient truth over a reassuring lie.

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