ISTJs are the serious, responsible, and sensible stalwarts of society. They are trustworthy and honour their commitments. Their word is their solemn vow.
Practical and realistic, ISTJs are matter-of-fact and thorough. They are painstakingly accurate and methodical, with great powers of concentration. Whatever they are doing they accomplish with orderliness and reliability. They have unshakable, well-thought-out ideas and are difficult to distract or discourage once they have embarked on what they believe to be the best course of action.
Characteristically quiet and hardworking, ISTJs have great practical judgement and memory for details. They can cite accurate evidence to support their views and apply their past experiences to their present decisions. They value and use logic and impersonal analysis, are organizes and systematic in their approach to following things through and getting them done on time. They follow necessary systems and procedures and are impatient with those who do not.
ISTJs are cautious and traditional. They listen well and like things to be factual and clearly states. They are said to “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Private by nature, ISTJs appear calm even during times of crisis. They are duty bound and steadfast but beneath their calm façade, they may have strong yet rarely expressed reactions.
Possible Blind Spots
A common problem for ISTJs is their tendency to lose themselves in the details and daily operations of a project. Once immersed, they can be rigid and unwilling to adapt of accept another point of view. They tend to be sceptical of new ideas if they don’t see their immediate and practical application. They need to take time to look at their overall objectives and consider alternatives they may not have considered. Gathering a wider range of information and consciously trying to anticipate the future implications of their behaviour will increase the ISTJ’s effectiveness in all areas.
ISTJs sometimes have trouble understanding the needs of others, especially those that are different from their own. Because they keep their reactions private, they can be perceives as cold and unfeeling. They need to express their appreciation for others directly, rather than keeping it to themselves.
Because they are logical, ISTJs tend to expect others to be so as well. They run the risk of imposing their judgements on others and overriding the opinions of less assertive people. They can demand conformity to their way of doing things and discourage more creative or innovative approaches. By staying open to untested or unconventional methods, they will develop more tolerance for differences in people, and also end up with more effective alternatives and options.
My Temperament: SJ
SJs are the most traditional of the four temperaments. They value law and order, security, propriety, rules and conformity. They are driven by a strong motivation to serve society’s needs. SJs respect authority, hierarchy, and the chain of command, and generally have conservative values. They are bound by their sense of duty and always try to do the right thing, which makes them reliable, dependable and above all else, responsible.
SJs at Work
SJs need to belong, to serve, and to do the right thing. They value stability, orderliness, cooperation, consistency, and reliability, and they tend to be serious and hardworking. SJs demand a great deal of themselves on the job and expect the same of others.
Strengths. SJs are practical, organizes, thorough and systematic. They pay attention to regulations, policies, contracts, rituals, and time lines. They are excellent at guarding, monitoring, and regulating. SJs prefer to deal with proven facts and use them to further the goals of the organization to which they belong. They take great pride in doing something right the first time and every time. They are good at seeing what needs attention and at getting the job done with the available resources as efficiently as possible. Once they’ve committed themselves, SJs always follow through. At their best, SJs are solid, trustworthy, and dependable.
A good job for an SJ might be one that involves a relatively high level of responsibility within a stable company that has a clearcut chain of command. Since SJs like structure, they are generally comfortable in organizations that have a fair number of rules and standard ways of doing things. SJs prefer working in an environment where both regulations and rewards are certain. (They don’t like positions or organizations where everything is in a state of flux or confusion!) SJs prefer colleagues who share their dedication and respect for authority and who pull their own weight.
SJs make good managers. They appreciate the need for structure and are often the mainstays of organizations, either in leadership or support positions. The role they most often play is that of the stabilizer – the maintainer of traditions and the status quo.
As an ISTJ, career satisfaction means doing work that:
- Is technical in nature and lets me depend on my ability to use and remember important facts and details
- Involves a real product or service done in a thoughtful, logical, and efficient way, preferably using standard operations procedures
- Lets me be independent, with plenty of time to work alone and use my excellent powers of concentration to complete projects and/or tasks
- Is done in a stable and traditional environment, where I will not be required to take unnecessary risks or use untested or experimental approaches
- Has results that are tangible and measurable, where precision and exacting standards are used and respected
- Has explicit objectives and a clearly defined organizational structure
- Gives me adequate time to prepare before presenting or turning in my work, preferably in a one-on-one or small group setting
- Gives me increasing levels of responsibility, with a minimum of social politics, where I am evaluated on how well I have achieved the requirements of the job description and am appreciated for my contributions
- Is done in an environment where my practical judgement and experience are valued and rewarded
- Allows me to set and reach stated goals by providing me with the necessary resources
Popular Occupations for ISTJs
- Office Manager
- Word Processing Specialist
- Efficiency expert/analyst
- Police Officer/Detective
- Government Employee
- Real Estate Agent
- Bank Examiner
- Estate Planner
- School Principle
- Law Researcher
- Legal Secretary
- Computer Programmer
- Technical Writer
- Primary Care Physician
Monday, July 30, 2007
The following contains exerpts from "Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type", by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger.