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    Nov 27, 2015    |   Aidan Millar

An In-Depth Look: ESFJ


ESFJs compose the second largest type population in the U.S General Public with 12.3% representation. With that said, it may be valuable to understand a little about our ESFJ colleagues, friends, partners and leaders. Additionally, this may also be a case of shameless self-promotion as I myself am a proud owner of ESFJ preferences; for good, bad, or otherwise!

Characteristics of ESFJ
ESFJ’s are commonly referred to in the literature as the harmonizers of their environment. They are helpful people who place a high value on cohesion and connection at work, at home and otherwise. Paying close attention to people’s needs and wants, they work well with others to complete tasks in a timely and accurate way, ensuring that they follow through on commitments and obligations. ESFJs work best in environments that are structured and organized, and where compassion is used alongside efficiency to complete goals and initiatives. It is important for ESFJs to feel appreciated for who they are and what they give to others.

Important ESFJ Contributions

ESFJ contributions pitfalls

ESFJs are naturally gifted in organizing people and situations, working with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. They are conscientious and loyal, following through on even small matters and they often expect others to abide by the same standards. ESFJs contribute to any team by anticipating the day-to-day concerns of others and handling them with dedication and expediency. For these individuals, diplomacy is often the name of the game, and they have a gift with tactfully helping others work together to complete goals.


Some Blind Spots
Because of their emphasis on harmony and their focus on preserving the comfort of others, ESFJs may find it difficult to acknowledge and deal with negative realities; especially when they concern individuals they care about. Additionally, their traditionalist approach to procedures may result in a lack of critical thinking or questioning, abiding by the status quo even when there is a better alternative. Their present-focus may also limit their ability to see wider possibilities or strategic considerations as they go about executing their tasks.