ESTJ Enneagram types, ESTJ-Assertive (ESTJ-A), and ESTJ-Turbulent (ESTJ-T) are all subtypes of the ESTJ personality as it appears on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). All ESTJ Enneagram subtypes personify the main characteristics of the ESTJ personality (also known as “The Supervisor” for its penchant for leadership and organization), albeit with subtle differences.View in gallery
Below is a list of the main ESTJ Enneagram subtypes.
- ESTJ-T/ESTJ Enneagram Type 3: The Turbulent ESTJ is the same subtype as ESTJ Enneagram 3. ESTJ-Ts pursue success to get attention and assuage their intrinsic fear of failure. Like all ESTJs, they are excellent leaders, gifted coaches, and enjoy competition. Their Enneatype 3 side gives ESTJ-Ts their need for admiration and the consequent motivation to appear wealthy and accomplished in society. In the workplace, most ESTJ-Ts occupy supervisory roles. ESTJ-Ts’ social circles are large (but lack intimacy), and their relationships often suffer from the Enneatype 3s’ obsession with performance.
- ESTJ-A/ESTJ Enneagram Type 8: The Assertive ESTJ and Enneagram 3 ESTJ are the same subtype of the Supervisor personality. ESTJ-As are bound by a strong desire to be in charge and fear losing control to others. Assertive ESTJs are bold leaders who are willing to implement unpopular decisions and bend the rules to achieve their end goal. This thirst for unhindered power stems from these ESTJs’ fiercely independent Enneagram 3 traits. Type 3 ESTJs gravitate towards top managerial and executive roles, or positions where their leadership skills can make a tangible difference. ESTJ-As have healthy, caring relationships with their friends and are passionate romantic partners.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 1: ESTJs with Enneagram Type 1 are slightly less common than those with a Type 3 or 8. Type 1 ESTJs personify a fusion of Supervisors’ predilection for leadership roles with Enneatype 1s’ perfectionism. Type 1 ESTJs are thorough, methodical, organized, and punctual leaders who hold themselves to the same high standard they set for everyone else. ESTJs with a Type 1 are moral, honorable leaders who have a deep-rooted value system on top of a brilliantly rational mind. However, these ESTJ Type 1s often take their perfectionism to the extreme, thus alienating colleagues, friends, and partners. ESTJs with a Type 1 prefer to work in analytical roles where they communicate with people on a day-to-day basis.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 6: ESTJs with Enneagram 6 display a peculiar mix of the Supervisor and Enneatype 6 personalities. Like all ESTJs, those with a Type 6 are brilliant planners, but typically they channel their planning skills into preparing for emergencies, disasters, and their own imagined worst-case scenarios. Type 6 ESTJs genuinely care about the people around them and strive to protect them from harm. However, their obsession with safety and security often gets out of hand and causes Type 6 ESTJs to experience anxiety and mistrust others. As friends and partners, Type 6 ESTJs are caring and compassionate. However, in an unhealthy state, these Supervisors can turn jealous, suspicious, and controlling. You’ll usually find Type 6 ESTJs in supervisory roles, especially those that deal with emergency preparedness or risk mitigation.
To understand which ESTJ subtype you are, you’ll have to complete the MBTI and Enneatype tests separately, then analyze your results. As you compare the outcomes of both tests, watch out for how the traits align between the two typologies. The Enneagram usually produces several results that may be quite close to one another, so see which Enneatype has the closest correlation with your MBTI traits.
What are the main types of ESTJ?
The main types of ESTJ are ESTJ-Turbulent (ESTJ-T) and ESTJ-Assertive (ESTJ-A). The Assertive and Turbulent subtypes of the ESTJ personality type share the ESTJ’s dominant characteristics. Both subtypes are sociable, detail-oriented thinkers who thrive in structured environments. Likewise, ESTJ-As and ESTJ-Ts are both natural leaders who excel at energizing and organizing their coworkers and subordinates. However, the behavior of ESTJ-As and ESTJ-Ts differs to an extent. Assertive ESTJs feel a greater need for independence and are less reliant on rules than their Turbulent peers. In contrast, Turbulent ESTJs are rule-abiding and care deeply about others’ opinion of them. These nuances visibly delineate the behaviors of the two main ESTJ subtypes, even as both embody the Supervisor’s dominant characteristics.
1. Turbulent (ESTJ-T) subtype
The Turbulent (ESTJ-T) subtypes all have the main ESTJ traits, but their fear of failure and need for attention are important factors that shape their overall personality. ESTJ-Ts see professional success as a means of eliciting admiration and attracting partners, so they’re highly driven to advance their careers and accumulate wealth. This tendency is both a strength and a weakness. It’s a strength because this overwhelming desire to be admired pushes ESTJ-Ts to achieve. However, it’s also a weak spot because this obsession with wealth and accomplishment completely takes over the lives of ESTJ-Ts and ultimately leaves them unfulfilled.
2. Assertive (ESTJ-A) subtype
ESTJ-As are archetypal Supervisors who are more dominant, self-assured, and independent than their Turbulent counterparts. While ESTJ-Ts are driven by a need to appear accomplished, ESTJ-As’ primary motivation is being in control. With this hunger for power come the ESTJ-As’ main strengths and weaknesses. Assertive ESTJs are excellent leaders who are not afraid to make difficult decisions while leading their teams through tempestuous times. At the same time, their need to be in control is ESTJ-A’s weak point, too. These ESTJs often prioritize being on top and spare no effort in getting there, destroying friendships and relationships in their wake.
What are the Enneagram types of ESTJ?
Below is a list of the nine Enneagram types of ESTJ.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 1: A body personality type known as The Perfectionist.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 2: A rare heart personality also called The Helper.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 3: A heart personality known as The Achiever.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 4: An uncommon heart personality known as The Individualist.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 5: A head personality referred to as The Investigator.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 6: A head personality known as The Loyalist.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 7: A head personality also called The Enthusiast.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 8: A body personality known as The Challenger.
- ESTJ Enneagram type 9: A body personality referred to as The Peacemaker.
1. ESTJ Enneagram type 1
People with an ESTJ Enneagram Type 1 combine the structured, thorough, and commanding personality of ESTJs with the perfectionism of Enneagram Type 1. Type 1 ESTJs are rule-abiding, predictable leaders, who are driven as much by a desire to succeed and achieve financial security as they are by a passion for fixing the world. These Perfectionist Supervisors display the key ESTJ characteristics of goal-setting, planning, and determination, and show Type 1s’ innate goodness, honor, integrity, and intuition (which all body Enneatypes have to a degree). The ESTJ Type 1 personality has an even split between men and women.
Enneatype 1 ESTJs have the following three primary strengths. The first strength of Type 1 ESTJs is the ability to produce quality work. The mix of ESTJs’ attention to detail and Type 1s’ perfectionism allows these personality types to work efficiently and error-free. The second strength of Type 1 ESTJs is their fairness. Type 1 ESTJs often find themselves overseeing teams, where their typical Type 1 desire for justice leads them to treat their subordinates (and peers) fairly. The third strength of ESTJs with Enneatype 1 is their passion for doing good. This motivation to direct their efforts to a greater purpose stems directly from Enneatype 1’s moral nature.
Type 1 ESTJs are known for three key weaknesses. First, Type 1 Supervisors can be vexingly domineering among colleagues, subordinates, friends, and partners. This tendency to boss people around comes from a convergence of ESTJs’ inherent desire to take the lead and Type 1s’ instinct to correct others’ mistakes. Second, ESTJs with a Type 1 are often self-critical to a fault. Type 1s’ high standards extend to everyone, including themselves. These benchmarks for performance are often out of reach even for the Type 1 ESTJs that set them. Third, Type 1 ESTJs often repress their anger (at others or themselves) and allow it to build up and turn into resentment. Over time, this resentment can grow into self-hatred, or insults directed at close people in the ESTJ’s life. Martha Stewart is a prime example of a Type 1 ESTJ, because she embodies this personality type’s key strong and weak points. Stewart is a known perfectionist and leader, but is also known to have been caustic with loved ones, notably her ex-husband.
ESTJs with Enneatype 1 take the lead, get involved, fix issues, and prefer planned, structured group activities. In their healthy state, Type 1 Supervisors know how to relax in social settings and find the right balance between problem-solving and maintaining warm personal relationships. On the other hand, unhealthy Type 1 ESTJs are rigid and judgmental, which prevents them from forming meaningful friendships.
In romance, healthy Type 1 ESTJs are dependable partners who strive to instill stability and harmony in their relationship. In response, healthy ESTJ 1s want their partners to acknowledge the positive qualities they bring to the table. In contrast, unhealthy Type 1 ESTJs are controlling and insensitive, often nitpicking on their partner’s behavior and obsessing over trivial things.
Type 1 ESTJs are most similar to ISTJs in their professional, social, and romantic life. Like ISTJs, Type 1 ESTJs are dedicated, principled, and have a powerful sense of fairness with colleagues, friends, and partners. However, ESTJs with a Type 1 can also resemble unhealthy ISTJs by obsessing over perfection and following rules. Unlike ISTJs, however, Type 1 ESTJs prefer plentiful human interactions to a solitary life.
2. ESTJ Enneagram type 2
ESTJs with an Enneagram 2 are exceedingly rare, but this junction of types is possible when certain anomalies exist in a person’s cognitive stack. Enneagram Type 2 is a heart Enneatype with a preference for Feeling over Thinking, which makes them largely incompatible with the MBTI ESTJ personality type. Type 2 Enneagram people have a Sensing-Feeling (SF) temperament, which is very common among ESFJs, but almost non-existent among ESTJs. In fact, an MBTI-Enneagram correlation study has found that 0% of the respondents have identified as Type 2 ESTJs.
On the off chance an individual’s MBTI and Enneagram tests reveal an ESTJ Type 2 personality, it’s because the person has an unusually prominent Introverted Feeling (Fi) cognitive function. The Fi function enables a value-based decision-making process, which contrasts ESTJs’ dominant logical reasoning and brings out a gentler aspect of Supervisors’ personality. Fi is ESTJs’ inferior function, so it’s generally dormant in ESTJs except for moments of deep introspection. In such moments of contemplation, a Supervisor may disregard their inherent rationality and turn to their softer side.
ESTJs develop their use of the Fi function with time. Some ESTJs may consciously strive to be more compassionate and reconcile a feeling-based approach to decision-making with their innate rationality. Other ESTJs will gradually have a stronger Fi function as they get older. This growth of ESTJs’ Fi function aligns them with Enneatype 2, whether it happens consciously or with age.
3. ESTJ Enneagram type 3
ESTJs with an Enneagram type 3 are charming, hard-working, and competitive achievers who pursue success to compensate for low self-worth and fear of failure. Type 3 ESTJs’ personalities are an amalgamation of Supervisors’ steadfast dedication to their work and innate leadership abilities with Type 3s’ drive for accomplishment. Like all ESTJs, those with a Type 3 focus on sensory experiences. However, their Enneatype 3 pushes ESTJ 3s to enjoy the finer things in life, such as nice clothes, fine dining, fancy cars, and luxurious accommodations. And despite being highly competitive, Type 3 ESTJs take pleasure in encouraging their peers to perform. ESTJs with a Type 3 are split almost evenly between males and females; 44% of ESTJ 3s are women and 56% are men.
Type 3 Enneagram ESTJs display three primary strengths. First, Type 3 ESTJs are hard-working and extremely productive. The ESTJs’ dedication to their profession merges with Enneatype 3s’ desire to feel accomplished to produce an efficient worker who is a definite asset to their company. Second, ESTJs with a Type 3 are excellent role models. Type 3 ESTJs’ colleagues naturally look up to their clean-cut appearance, outstanding work results, and humility. Third, Type 3 ESTJs are beaming with charisma. These Supervisors are natural charmers, who possess the heart type’s innate emotional intelligence and use it to build a large social circle and advance their careers.
ESTJs with Enneatype 3 have three major weak points. First, Type 3 Supervisors have a deep desire for admiration and, on the flipside, a strong fear of appearing as a failure. This quality pushes Type 3 ESTJs to seek success and accomplishment, hoping that admiration will follow. In the process, Type 3 ESTJs lose touch with their true desires, obsess with their outward appearance and status, and allow their lives to revolve around their careers. Second, Type 3 ESTJs can alienate those close to them through self-aggrandizing behavior. Again, this tendency to boast about their accomplishments occurs in response to the Type 3 ESTJ’s need to feel admired. Third, ESTJs with Enneatype 3 are fiercely competitive, and their relentless urge to compete can breed jealousy and malice in the ESTJ’s personality.
Kamala Harris is a classic Type 3 ESTJ, as her personality encompasses the strengths and weaknesses of this MBTI-Enneatype. According to a study performed by Aubrey Immelman, Anne Marie Griebie, and Yitao Zhang of the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University, Harris is “high-dominance charismatic — charismatic by virtue of the elevated Ambitious-Outgoing amalgam.” In the context of this amalgam, the study defines “ambitious” individuals as “bold, competitive, and self-assured.” At the same time, the study defines “outgoing” individuals as “dramatic attention-getters who thrive on being the center of social events, go out of their way to be popular with others […]” To summarize, the study characterizes Kamala Harris as a dominant individual, who is charismatic, competitive, confident, and one who goes to great lengths to be popular with others. These characteristics fit neatly with the traits, strengths, and weaknesses of the Type 3 ESTJ.
ESTJs with Enneatype 3 have large social circles as they have no trouble quickly building rapport with strangers. However, Type 3 ESTJs often let their careers define their personality to the point where their friends and acquaintances know little else about them. This fixation on their profession makes Type 3 ESTJs come off as one-dimensional and stands in the way of building warm, sincere friendships.
Type 3 ESTJs use their charisma and accomplishments to attract partners. This tactic of wooing romantic partners with career success and material wealth often leads to shallow relationships that sour with time. Once in a relationship, Type 3 ESTJs obsess over their performance in bed, as partners, and as parents. Their obsession typically tires their partner quickly and further strains the relationship. To make matters even worse, ESTJs with Enneatype 3 tend to bring the office home, as their careers are always top of mind. This inability to let go off work matters after hours seldom sits well with Type 3 ESTJs’ partners.
ESTJs with a Type 3 Enneagram are most similar to ESTPs. In their personal and professional lives, ESTPs and Type 3 ESTJs don’t like to sit idle because they’re practical, action-minded, and competitive. The key difference between Type 3 ESTJs and ESTPs is that ESTPs are free-spirited and spontaneous, whereas ESTJs structure their lives around accomplishment.
4. ESTJ Enneagram type 4
The ESTJ personality is difficult to reconcile with Enneatype 4, except in rare cases where the ESTJ has unusually strong Extraverted Intuition (Ne) and Introverted Feeling (Fi) functions.
Enneatype 4 is so vastly different from MBTI’s ESTJ personality that a mix of the two types is nearly impossible. Enneatype 4 is intuitive, creative, compassionate, and spontaneous heart type, while ESTJs are detail-oriented, rule-abiding, structured, and rational. People with a Type 4 Enneagram fall under the introvert classification according to the MBTI, ESTJs are extraverts. According to the findings of an MBTI-Enneagram correlation study, only 3% of ESTJs identified as a Type 4.
The few people who identify as both ESTJ and Enneatype 4 likely have strong Ne and Fi cognitive functions. For ESTJs, these two functions are tertiary and inferior, respectively, meaning they’re not the primary functions by which Supervisors process thoughts and interact with the outside world. That said, ESTJs gradually learn to use these functions, either by making a conscious effort or subconsciously as they mature. The Ne cognitive function inspires ESTJs to embrace innovative ideas that are more abstract than the cold, hard facts on which they normally base their thinking. Meanwhile, the inferior Fi function causes ESTJs to soften their blunt rationality and approach interactions with others with compassion. When activated concurrently, the Ne and Fi functions align the ESTJ personality with Enneatype 4.
5. ESTJ Enneagram type 5
The ESTJ Enneagram type 5 is an extraordinary merger of two very different personalities that coexist in the rarest of cases. People with a Type 5 Enneagram are deeply introverted thinkers, who are spontaneous and fiercely independent. In contrast, ESTJs are highly extraverted doers who need rules and structure to function comfortably. The sole characteristic ESTJs share with Enneatype 5 is the head types’ deep intellect. However, ESTJ can only embody Enneatype 5 traits if they have anomalies in their cognitive stack.
ESTJs’ dominant cognitive function is Extraverted Thinking, which causes them to be pragmatic, rational decision-makers. When the Te function is subdued, ESTJs can learn to slow down their decision-making and spend more time on refining their solutions. When the Supervisor’s Extraverted Intuition (Ne) function is heightened, they will feel more comfortable with strategizing and putting off final decisions until they’ve had sufficient time to consider them from every possible angle. A muted Te function, along with a strong Ne function can align someone with an ESTJ personality type with Enneagram Type 5. ESTJs can produce these anomalies in their cognitive stack either through self-development or with age.
Despite the possibility of ESTJ and Type 5 personalities coexisting in one individual, such cases are almost nonexistent. According to an MBTI-Enneagram correlation study, only 3% of respondents identified themselves as Enneatype 5 ESTJs.
6. ESTJ Enneagram type 6
ESTJs with an Enneagram 6 are keen leaders who have a special gift for planning, foreseeing risks, and motivating their teams. Type 6 ESTJs present a mix of The Supervisor’s managerial talent and Enneatype 6’s classic head type penchant for bullet-proof planning against worst-case scenarios. Enneatype 6 ESTJs are driven by a need for security, and their greatest fear is the lack thereof. This tandem of fear and motivation, coupled with an innate desire to take charge, is what defines Type 6 ESTJs in their personal, professional, and romantic lives. Women make up a larger portion of Type 6 ESTJs, at 57%, than men, at 43%.
Type 6 ESTJs have 3 defining strong suits. First, ESTJs with a Type 6 are excellent planners, and they inherit this quality from both their MBTI and Enneatypes. Second, Type 6 Supervisors have a knack for accurately foretelling worst-case scenarios and their consequences. This ability to foresee risk helps Type 6 ESTJs devise effective risk-mitigation procedures and preparedness planning. Third, Type 6 ESTJs genuinely care about their friends, colleagues, and partners, and serve as powerful motivational figures in their social circle. This compassion for others is not inherent in ESTJs, but is an important character trait of Enneatype 6.
ESTJs with a Type 6 have 3 major weaknesses. First, Type 6 Supervisors are often tormented by the idea of their fears coming true. In unhealthy ESTJ 6s, such fears can develop into paranoia and alarmism. Second, Enneatype 6 ESTJs don’t deal well with failure. When their efforts fall short of the intended target, Type 6 ESTJs look for a scapegoat rather than accepting the failing and learning from it. Third, Type 6 ESTJs (when unhealthy) take a long time to start trusting people. This inherent inability to trust others stems from Enneatype 6’s deep-rooted belief that the world is out to get them.
Senator Lindsey Graham is a classic example of a Type 6 ESTJ. During his tenure as a US Senator, Graham has been focused on various issues that (in his view) would negatively impact the country, including national security, immigration, and government spending. Graham is well-known for his alarmist views, such as framing infrastructure and healthcare spending as “socialist,” “inflation-boosting” measures. Likewise, Graham vociferously called for violent escalation on January 6th, 2021 when he suggested Capitol Police shoot rioters dead on the spot. Such behaviors are typical for unhealthy Type 6 ESTJs.
Type 6 ESTJs have a large circle of friends and acquaintances with whom they identify strongly and to whom they are deeply loyal. ESTJs with Enneatype 6 are caring and generous friends, and enjoy pushing their loved ones to do their best. At the same time, Type 6 ESTJs’ preoccupation with dangers causes them to seek out a protective figure from among their close friends, relatives, or colleagues.
In relationships, healthy ESTJs with a Type 6 are thoughtful, protective partners. In times of conflict, Type 6 ESTJs handle stress well and resort to logic to navigate the disagreement. When unhealthy, Type 6 ESTJs become mistrustful, jealous, and controlling, and these qualities slowly poison their relationships.
Type 6 ESTJs are most similar to ISTJs for two reasons. First, ISTJs fear a lack of security as much as Enneatype 6 Supervisors, and go to great lengths to prepare for worst-case eventualities ahead of time. Second, ISTJs (also known as “Inspectors”) are meticulous workers who leave no rock unturned when dealing with a task; this thoroughness is evident in Type 6 ESTJs’ professional efforts, too. Unlike Type 6 ESTJs, however, ISTJs don’t work well with teams and prefer solitary roles.
7. ESTJ Enneagram type 7
ESTJ and Enneagram type 7 are vastly different personality types, and their manifestation in a single individual is a rare (albeit possible) occurrence. Type 7 Enneagram people are spontaneous, independent, thrill-seekers who loathe structure and commitments and tend to lack discipline. On the other hand, ESTJs thrive on structure, plan their lives far ahead of time, and work hard towards their goals instead of focusing on the present. The sole trait ESTJs share with Enneatype 7s is their intellect, which is a notable characteristic of all Enneagram head times.
The unlikely union of ESTJ and Enneatype 7 personalities is possible when an ESTJ learns to tame their auxiliary Introverted Sensing (Si) function. The Si function drives ESTJs to organize their knowledge and experiences and pushes them to seek rules and structure. When a Supervisor learns to use the Si function as they see fit without allowing it to dominate their behavior, they can embrace spontaneity and live in the moment without planning too far ahead. So, although Si dominates the Supervisor personality, it has less influence over ESTJ Type 7. For example, an ESTJ with a well-controlled Si function could follow a structured routine at work, but know how to decompress and enjoy the present moment in their free time. With practice, Type 7 Supervisors wield Si as a tool as needed without being bound to its demands for order at all times.
Enneatype 7 ESTJs are exceedingly rare, despite the fact that such a confluence of types is possible. Per an MBTI-Enneatype correlation study, 0% of ESTJ respondents identified as Enneatype 7.
8. ESTJ Enneagram type 8
Type 8 ESTJs are the most dominant and independent Supervisor subtype. An overarching desire to be in control and a deep loathing of being someone’s subordinate motivate ESTJs with a Type 8 and shape their personality type. In their healthy state, ESTJ 8s are admirable leaders who are thorough, efficient, excellent at communicating, and known for making tough, split-second decisions without looking back. Enneatype 8s’ typical body-type instinct often guides them along with logic when deciding under pressure. However, when unhealthy, Type 8 ESTJs can be authoritarian, inconsiderate, and insulting as they brush off their loved ones on their path to the top. Type 8 ESTJs are more prevalent among men. Males make up 65% of Enneatype Supervisors, while women account for only 35%.
Three quintessential strengths characterize ESTJs with Enneagram type 8. First, Type 8 Supervisors are not afraid to make difficult decisions. Their fortitude allows Type 8 ESTJs to navigate their teams successfully through obstacles that would hinder other leaders. This ability to act with resolve, even when the course of action is unpopular with many, stems from Enneatype 8s’ stubborn independence and deep dedication to their cause. Second, Type 8 ESTJs don’t follow rules or orders they believe to be wrong. This willingness to jeopardize their careers in exchange for doing the right thing comes from the ESTJ type’s innate integrity and Enneatype 8’s need for independence. Third, Type 8 ESTJs strive to protect the weak, the oppressed, and the disadvantaged, which is a trait they get directly from Enneatype 8s.
Type 8 ESTJs harbor three significant flaws. First, Type 8 ESTJs like to assume leadership roles when they’re not supposed to. This weakness stems from Enneatype 8s’ subconscious predilection for taking control of any situation in which they find themselves. Second, ESTJs with a Type 8 Enneagram often behave in a tyrannical manner with their subordinates. Being excessively bossy and insensitive is an unhealthy manifestation of Type 8 ESTJs’ desire to be in charge. Third, Type 8 ESTJs attempt to fill their inner void with sensory indulgences. This pleasure-seeking behavior often alienates Type 8 ESTJs from close friends and partners and prevents meaningful introspection.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a classic Type 8 ESTJ. According to a study titled “The Personality and Leadership Style of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: Implications for Turkish Foreign Policy,” the Turkish president has the following characteristics:
- A high belief in his ability to control events: Leaders with this trait make tough decisions and react with force. This boldness is one of the defining traits of Type 8 ESTJs.
- A high distrust of others: Leaders with this quality are always on the lookout for a challenge to their authority and tend to micromanage subordinates. ESTJs with a Type 8 are well known to cling on to power and oversee every part of their subordinates’ functions.
- Average need for power: Despite the study’s argument that Erdoğan has an average need for power, his violent suppression of opponents and methodical consolidation of power suggests that Erdoğan goes to great lengths to stay in control. This desire to solidify one’s authority aligns perfectly with Type 8 ESTJs’ hunger to stay in charge.
ENTJs are the most similar personality type to Type 8 ESTJs for two reasons. First, ENTJs often find themselves in top, strategic leadership positions (much like Type 8 ESTJs). Second, ENTJs and ESTJs with a Type 8 are equally driven by success. The primary difference between ENTJs and Type 8 Supervisors is that ENTJs are better at seeing the bigger picture, while Type 8 ESTJs do a better job of concentrating on the details.
9. ESTJ Enneagram type 9
Enneagram Type 9 is fundamentally different from the ESTJ personality, but the two types can merge under certain circumstances. Enneatype 9 people are introverted feelers on the MBTI scale, with a healthy dose of intuition thanks to being a body type. Enneatype 9s’ primary motivation is harmony and peace, and people with this personality type act in an agreeable way to avoid conflict with others. Their amiability, sensitivity, and reserve sets Enneatype 9s far away from MBTI’s ESTJs. However, an ESTJ can align closely with Enneatype 9 if they endeavor to control their competitive streak and instead view diplomacy as a means of accomplishment. Seeking accord instead of competition is not normal for ESTJs, but it’s a characteristic they can learn with age and wisdom.
What is the ESTJ type 8 with a 7 wing?
ESTJ type 8 with a 7 wing (ESTJ 8w7) is a personality subtype whose main characteristics combine ESTJs’ and Enneatype 8s’ dominant traits, with a few supporting traits from Enneatype 7. From ESTJs, 8w7 Supervisors get the rational, sensory persona that’s thorough and methodical at work. From Enneagram 8s, 8w7 ESTJs take the resistless drive to be on top. Meanwhile, Enneatype 7s influence 8w7 in a more subtle manner, lending them their enthusiasm and passion for adventure. Fused in the 8w7 ESTJ, these traits produce an energetic, combative, and non-conformist leader with an insatiable thirst for control and a thrill-seeking persona.
What is the ESTJ type 8 with a 9 wing?
ESTJ type 8 with a 9 wing (ESTJ 8w9) is a subtype of the ESTJ personality that gets its dominant traits from Enneatype 8, MBTI’s ESTJ, and, to a lesser extent, Enneagram 9. ESTJ 8w9 shows the classic ESTJ desire to succeed, Enneagram 8s’ fondness of leadership roles, and Enneatype 9’s caring and compassionate nature. ESTJ 8w9s are softer, calmer, and more sensitive than ESTJs with 8w7. The knack for diplomacy and desire to achieve harmony that are associated with Enneatype 9 are somewhat evident in ESTJ 8w9s, who prefer resolving matters instead of proving their point.
What is the ESTJ type 3 with a 2 wing?
ESTJ type 3 with a 2 wing (ESTJ 3w2) is an ESTJ subtype that draws its primary characteristics from ESTJs and Enneatypes 3, and its secondary traits from Enneagram 2. ESTJs with 3w2 embody the Supervisor’s quintessential penchant for leading and organizing teams. From Enneatype 3, 3w2 ESTJs inherit the relentless ambition and desire to showcase their accomplishments. Enneatype 2s also influence ESTJs with a 3w2, mainly with their genuine cordiality. Thanks to this miscellany of traits, 3w2 ESTJs are warm and outgoing, enjoy working with others, love to entertain, and boast a sizable group of friends and acquaintances.
What is the ESTJ type 3 with a 4 wing?
ESTJ type 3 with a 4 wing (ESTJ 3w4) is an ESTJ subtype with a mix of ESTJ, Enneatype 3, and to some extent, Enneatype 4 traits. People with an ESTJ 3w4 personality are atypical ESTJs. Like all ESTJs, they’re tireless workers, powerful leaders, and gifted communicators; however, 3w4 ESTJs are hardly your archetypal energizers who use charisma to win over their teams. Instead, type 3w4 ESTJs demonstrate typical traits of Enneatype 4, being serious, calm, and far more focused on their work than socializing. That said, ESTJs with a type 3w4 still have the classic Enneatype 3 desire to succeed professionally. This mosaic of traits yields a complex persona: a dutiful manager, a respected colleague, and a person with few close friends or romantic interests.
What are the main Enneagram Types of ESTJ?
The main Enneagram types of ESTJ are Enneatypes 8 and 3. Enneagrams 8 and 3 have very similar personality traits to MBTI’s ESTJ, albeit with nuances that set them apart from each other and other ESTJ subtypes.
TypologyCentral’s MBTI-Enneagram correlation study found that participants with a Type 8 Enneagram comprised 40% of all people who identified as ESTJs. Enneagram 8 types are bold, independent leaders whose primary motivation is to be in control. When fused with an ESTJ’s inherent ability to lead teams and organize tasks, Enneatype 8s become effective executives who don’t shy away from difficult decisions. Type 8 ESTJs are warm and caring with their friends and family when in a healthy state. When unhealthy, however, Type 8 ESTJs are insensitive, cold, and focused only on one thing: being in power. With romantic partners, Type 8 ESTJs are passionate and caring, while resorting to cold logic in times of conflict.
The same study from TypologyCentral found that Enneatype 3 had a strong representation (32%) among ESTJs. The Enneagram 3 types are success-driven achievers. Enneatype 3 people fear failure and go out of their way to solicit admiration from others. When paired with an ESTJ personality, Enneatype 3s are great coaches and effective managers. Socially, Type 3 ESTJs are quite active and well-liked, although their obsession with their career overtakes all other interests and stands as an obstacle to nurturing close friendships. In relationships, Type 3 ESTJs can be dedicated and caring, but their obsession with performance (sexually, as partners, and as parents) can poison the romance.
Enneatypes 1 and 6 often prevail in people with an ESTJ personality. However, these two Enneagram types are not as common in ESTJs as Types 3 and 8.
Unfortunately, there is no ESTJ Enneagram type test available. However, all you have to do is take the MBTI test and Enneagram type test if you’d like to find out how your MBTI type correlates with the Enneagram figure, .
How are ESTJ Enneagram Types classified?
ESTJ Enneagram Types are classified separately via the MBTI and Enneagram tests.
The ESTJ personality type is one of the 16 types on the MBTI, characterized by Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging attitudes. These attitudes exist as dichotomies: Extraversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. iNtuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. To classify a person as an ESTJ, the MBTI test would ask them a series of questions to determine which attitude the person leans towards in each of the dichotomies.
To classify an ESTJ personality person as a specific Enneagram type, the person would have to take the Enneagram type (also known as Enneatype) test. The Enneagram test asks participants questions that assess their motivations, desires, fears, virtues, vices, and other characteristics, then transposes the participants’ personalities onto the Enneagram of Personality. The Enneagram comprises 9 connected points, each of which corresponds to a specific enneatype. The nine enneatypes are as follows.
- Type 1 — Perfectionist
- Type 2 — Giver
- Type 3 — Achiever
- Type 4 — Individualist
- Type 5 — Investigator
- Type 6 — Skeptic
- Type 7 — Enthusiast
- Type 8 — Challenger
- Type 9 — Peacemaker
So, someone would be an ESTJ Enneagram Type 8, or an ESTJ Challenger if they have tested as an ESTJ on the MBTI and as a Type 8 on the Enneagram.
How are ESTJ Enneagram types found?
ESTJ Enneagram types have not been studied extensively yet, but there are studies that analyze the correlation between MBTI and Enneagram types. These studies on the relationship of the two typologies give both MBTI and Enneagram a new dimension. For instance, MBTI focuses on sociability, world perception, decision-making, and approach to life, while the Enneagram identifies one’s fears, desires, temptations, and motivation. When overlaid, MBTI and Enneatypes give a person a deeper look into their personality than MBTI or Enneagram could afford on their own.
What is ESTJ-A (Assertive)?
The ESTJ-A (Assertive) is the resolute, domineering, and independent subtype of the ESTJ personality type. ESTJ-As are driven by a sense of duty and desire to succeed, and don’t hesitate to take charge of a situation. Assertive ESTJs care little about how others perceive them, and instead focus on achieving their goals by any means necessary. ESTJ-As’ tendency to take matters into their own hands and see regulations as more of a handy suggestion aligns this subtype closely with Enneagram Type 8. Much like Type 8s, ESTJ-As are bold, direct speakers, with a communication style that extends with their colleagues, friends, and romantic partners.
In love, ESTJ-As are dominant and intense, while resorting to cool logic in times of conflict. ESTJ-A’s romantic passion, coupled with calm rationality during disagreements, aligns perfectly with Enneatype 8’s characteristics. ESTJ-As are equally cool-headed and rational in their career and finances, although their passion for achievement will often lead them to take calculated risks. Like Enneatype 8s, Assertive ESTJs have a strong sense of fairness but also compassion, despite their logical nature.
ESTJ-As maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance, and a tough, albeit charismatic demeanor.
Henry Ford is a perfect example of an Assertive ESTJ. Ford was a highly driven entrepreneur and a forceful leader who took part in all major decisions of his company. This desire to retain control is highly indicative of Henry Ford’s Assertive ESTJ subtype. As a typical ESTJ-A with a Type 8 Enneagram, Ford was also a very equitable employer who paid his workers far more than similar positions would’ve offered at the time.
What are the key characteristics of ESTJ-A?
The key characteristics of ESTJ-A are as follows.
- Sense of fairness
Assertive ESTJs’ audacity and autonomy define them as a distinct ESTJ subtype, align them with Enneagram Type 8s, and make them outstanding business leaders. ESTJ-As act with determination because their only motivations are control and success. This characteristic helps Assertive ESTJs maintain a laser-like focus as they navigate their professional pursuits. At the same time, ESTJ-As cherish their independence and have little regard for the opinions of others. By safeguarding their autonomy, Assertive Supervisors stay true to their cause and ultimately succeed in their endeavors.
That said, ESTJ-As’ dominance can turn into an obsession and lead them to micromanage their subordinates, ultimately affecting the efficiency of the operations they oversee. Likewise, ESTJ-As’ disregard for the opinions of others can be highly detrimental to their professional success and can hinder their personal relationships.
What is ESTJ-T (Turbulent)?
ESTJ-T (Turbulent) is the sociable, charismatic, and approval-seeking subtype of the ESTJ personality type. Turbulent ESTJs’ primary motivation is to be admired, and they view professional success as their path to receiving praise and recognition. Like Assertive ESTJs, ESTJ-Ts excel in leadership roles. However, Turbulent Supervisors are far more rule-abiding and predictable than their Assertive counterparts. ESTJ-Ts’ goal-oriented nature, charisma, drive, and well-masked low self-esteem align this MBTI type well with Enneagram Type 3.
ESTJ-Ts use their financial and professional success as a means of attracting both friends and romantic partners. ESTJ-Ts showcase their achievements by boasting about them directly, in their choice of ostentatious attire and their deliberately obvious passion for the finer things in life. But while this emphasis on success may help a Turbulent ESTJ attract a mate, it can quickly turn into an obsession with performance in other aspects of the relationship, including sex and parenting. Socially, ESTJ-Ts often fall in the same trap of letting work achievements define them completely, which can become an obstacle on their path to developing meaningful friendships. This inherent drive to gain praise and win hearts with their accomplishments closely connects Turbulent ESTJs with people with a Type 3 Enneagram.
Hillary Clinton is the perfect example of an ESTJ-T with a Type 3 Enneagram. Clinton is domineering and ambitious, and she’s become known for these qualities throughout her political career. And, a study presented by Allesandro Nai, Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism at the University of Amsterdam, found that Clinton scored high on her desire for admiration and attention from others. Together, ambition and the need for acceptance make Clinton the archetypal ESTJ-T and Enneatype 3.
What are the key characteristics of ESTJ-T?
The key characteristics of ESTJ-T are as follows.
- Need for admiration
ESTJ-T’s ambition is a trait that this subtype shares with all Supervisors. However, the true driving force behind a Turbulent ESTJ’s ambition is the pursuit of praise. ESTJ-Ts strive for success because they think people will admire them for their accomplishments. This attention-seeking behavior presents a stark contrast against the bold self-assurance and independence of Assertive ESTJs.
Apart from the aforementioned nuances, ESTJ-Ts still exhibit the primary characteristics that are common to all Supervisors. ESTJ-Ts are outgoing, detail-oriented thinkers who prefer structure and planning.
Are ESTJ-Ts emotionally reactive?
No, ESTJ-Ts are not emotionally reactive. Turbulent ESTJs have trouble processing their emotions and often repress their feelings as they arise. You’ll seldom see ESTJ-Ts display their emotions (even in private) because they bottle their feelings up. In fact, Turbulent ESTJs’ colleagues, friends, and partners often misperceive this inability to express emotions as insensitivity. Over time, suppressed emotions can cause ESTJ-Ts to lose touch with their true desires and obsess with achieving for the sake of gaining acceptance.
Comparison of ESTJ-T and ESTJ-A
The table below offers a comparison of ESTJ-T and ESTJ-A subtypes.
|Stress Management||Under stress, ESTJ-As become more aggressive and controlling. As the stress levels continue to rise, Assertive ESTJs may detach and become reclusive.||Stressed ESTJ-Ts will first try to keep busy with work. But as stress escalates, they may lose interest in the current project and instead daydream about new ventures.|
|Business Life||In business, Assertive ESTJs are bold, independent, and fair. ESTJ-As ultimate desire to be in full control of things can lead them to micromanage their teams.||ESTJ-Ts excel in business, thanks to their industry, charisma, and motivation. However, Turbulent ESTJs’ accomplishments are really a means to an end, as they use success to obtain praise from peers.|
|Social Life||Socially, ESTJ-As are outgoing and dominating. To strangers, ESTJ-As may come off as intimidating, even if they don’t mean to seem that way.||ESTJ-Ts are charming and sociable. However, Turbulent ESTJs tend to let their work define them, and this tendency can stifle meaningful friendships.|
|Relationships||ESTJ-As are dominating, passionate, and intense in relationships. However, they defer to logic during conflict, and have no issues with being proven wrong.||ESTJ-Ts attempt to attract their partners with their success and charisma. However, when in relationships, Turbulent ESTJs often obsess over their performance, which leads to tension with the partner.|
|Behaviors||ESTJ-As’ behaviors are bold, goal-driven, and dominating. However, Assertive ESTJs genuinely care about the people around them, and will go out of their way to protect those who suffer hardship or unfair treatment.||ESTJ-Ts’ behavior is largely shaped by their efforts to succeed professionally. Turbulent ESTJs allow their careers to shape their behavior at and outside of the workplace.|
|Strengths||ESTJ-As’ strengths include excellent leadership skills and ability to make tough decisions. Assertive ESTJs are fair, rational, and keen to help others.||Turbulent ESTJs are highly driven, and do a great job of motivating people around them. ESTJ-Ts are charismatic and find it easy to establish rapport with people around them.|
|Weaknesses||Assertive ESTJs can be dominant to the point of intimidating others. Despite being excellent leaders, ESTJ-As often have trouble following rules.||ESTJ-Ts are often too competitive and focused solely on winning. Turbulent ESTJs deeply care about being admired by others, and this trait often shapes their behavior in a negative way.|
How are ESTJ Enneagram types analyzed with the Enneagram?
ESTJ Enneagram types are analyzed with the Enneagram by comparing Enneatypes with the ESTJ personality type as it is defined by the MBTI. For example, once a person has learned that they’re an ESTJ by taking the MBTI test, they can then take the Enneagram test. With both the MBTI and Enneagram tests results handy, the person can then see how their ESTJ personality aligns with their Enneatype.
How does MBTI interpret ESTJ Enneagram Type with the help of Enneagram?
MBTI does not interpret ESTJ Enneagram types with the help of Enneagram. MBTI does not rely on (or even mention) the Enneagram typology in its personality assessments or literature. That said, it is possible to find correlations between the MBTI and Enneagram typologies such as in a study by TypologyCentral has done. The study analyzed its participants’ Enneagram and MBTI test results and established a relationship between the 9 Enneatypes and the 16 MBTI personality types. Despite such third-party attempts to find links between the two typologies, neither the Myers & Briggs Foundation nor the Enneagram Institute have acknowledged one another. In fact, the two business entities that represent MBTI and Enneagram are in direct competition with each other as they try to sell their personality assessments to private individuals and corporate HR departments alike.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better in relationships?
The ESTJ Enneagram type 8 is better in relationships. ESTJs with Enneatype 8 are passionate with their partners, but know how to cool off and act rationally when conflict arises. Type 8 ESTJs are normally self-assured and domineering, but given a logical explanation of their faults, they are more than willing to admit mistakes and initiate reconciliation with their partner. On the other hand, ESTJs with Enneatype 3 often obsess over their performance (both in bed and as partners) and this obsession acts as a turn-off for their loved ones. Meanwhile, Enneatype 1 ESTJs are caring and attentive, but their perfectionism causes them to always find faults with their partner. This critical behavior often leads to tension and conflict with romantic partners.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better for family life?
There’s no single ESTJ Enneagram type that’s better for family life because ESTJs with all Enneagram types have their strengths and weaknesses as parents and partners. Below is a list of the most prominent qualities each of the common ESTJ Enneatypes brings to family life.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 1: Enneatype 1 ESTJs care and love their children deeply. However, their perfectionist tendencies lead Type 1 ESTJs to set impossibly high standards for their kids and frequently point out faults.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 3: On the upside, Type 3 Supervisors are excellent coaches who pack their children’s schedules with activities. Type 3 ESTJs’ children grow up organized and motivated. On the downside, Type 3 ESTJs’ kids are often overwhelmed by their parents’ relentless drive for their success.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 6: Type 6 ESTJs are compassionate and supportive in their family life (both with kids and partners). However, their inherent caution and need for safety leads Type 6 ESTJs to be overprotective.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 8: ESTJ Type 8s are great coaches because they’re firm, fair, and they teach kids responsibility from a very early age. Type 8 Supervisors are also deeply caring, and support their children and spouses no matter what. And while Enneatype 8 ESTJs encourage kids to never give up on their dreams, they’re harsh disciplinarians who see sensitivity as a weakness. As a result, ESTJ Type 8s’ children often grow up afraid of showing their sensitive side.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better for sensitive people?
ESTJ Enneagram Type 6 is better for sensitive people. Type 6 ESTJs are fiercely loyal, trustworthy, and affectionate, so a sensitive person doesn’t risk getting hurt by establishing a connection with an Enneatype 6 ESTJ. On the other hand, ESTJs with the three other prominent Enneatypes (1, 3, and 8) may wilfully or inadvertently hurt a sensitive person. Below is a brief summary of how each of these Enneatype ESTJs can negatively affect a sensitive individual.
- Enneatype 1 ESTJ: ESTJs with a Type 1 are strict perfectionists. Type 1 Supervisors have noble intentions, but the high standards to which they hold everyone are usually impossible to meet. And when someone doesn’t live up to an Enneatype 1 ESTJs’ expectations, they can expect a barrage of critical and possibly demeaning comments (which the offending ESTJ may view as constructive criticism). Such fault-finding behavior can easily offend thin-skinned individuals.
- Enneatype 3 ESTJ: Type 3 ESTJs are fiercely competitive and success-driven. These ESTJs’ inherent need to be better than everyone around them can make them seem harsh and hurtful to sensitive people.
- Enneatype 8 ESTJ: Enneatype 8 ESTJs have no time for sensitive people and view sensitivity as a major character flaw. Type 8 ESTJs don’t tailor their communications for the sake of people with a more delicate nature due to their direct nature. This brutal frankness can often sting sensitive people who come across Enneatype 8 ESTJs.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is more confident?
The ESTJ Enneagram 8 type is more confident. Enneatype 8s are inherently self-assured and bold. Combined with ESTJs’ drive and discipline, Type 8s truly believe in themselves and behave with high levels of confidence in any situation. In contrast, Type 3 ESTJs often have low confidence, and are acutely aware of this shortcoming. To compensate for their natural lack of assuredness, Type 3 ESTJs constantly try to prove their own self-worth by competing with others. Despite a seemingly combative nature, ESTJs with an Enneatype 3 cannot help but doubt themselves and live in constant fear of failure.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better for a career?
No single ESTJ Enneagram type is better for a career, because each ESTJ Enneatype has the potential to succeed in some careers and fail or stagnate in others. Below is a description of how the four most common ESTJ Enneatypes perform in careers.
- Enneatype 1 ESTJ: Type 1 ESTJs are perfectionists whose excellent leadership skills are paired with a meticulous, methodical, and principled nature. This combination of personality traits allows Type 1 ESTJs to succeed in structured jobs where the ESTJs can see tangible results of their efforts. Examples of suitable careers for Type 1 ESTJs include leadership positions in legal, educational, financial, and administrative fields. On the other hand, Type 1 ESTJs abhor support roles and jobs where the day-to-day environment is unpredictable.
- Enneatype 3 ESTJ: ESTJs with a Type 3 Enneagram are highly charismatic individuals who possess an infectious drive. Type 3 ESTJs are excellent communicators who excel in leadership roles and enjoy competition. This combination of traits makes Type 3 ESTJs the perfect candidates for lead positions in fast-paced careers. Ideal ESTJ Type 3 roles include attorney, investment banker, marketing specialist, and financial analyst. Type 3 ESTJs should avoid work where they’d need to show compassion, like teaching or social work.
- Enneatype 6 ESTJ: Type 6 ESTJs have an innate desire to keep themselves and others secure from various forms of harm. Combined with the Supervisors’ inherent leadership abilities, this need for peace and security helps Type 6 ESTJs to succeed in careers where they can help and protect others. Examples of optimal jobs for ESTJs with an Enneatype 6 include peace officer, military officer, emergency response planner, home inspector, nurse, and other similar roles. ESTJs with a Type 6 should avoid careers that involve solitary, tedious, analytical work that lacks a human element.
- Enneatype 8 ESTJ: Type 8 ESTJs are confident, bold leaders who thrive in executive and managerial positions, and as entrepreneurs. Since Enneatype 8 ESTJs are courageous and driven to make a difference, they also enjoy high-paced, meaningful, albeit dangerous work that benefits others. Ideal careers for ESTJ 8s include directorial roles in business, finance, the military, and emergency services. Conversely, ESTJs with a Type 8 should avoid professions where they’d have to carry out tedious tasks that don’t yield clear, fast results. Likewise, careers where ESTJs with a Type 8 would be micromanaged are not ideal, as these Supervisors are prone to rebelling against rules with which they don’t agree.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better for teamwork?
ESTJ Enneagram type 6 is better for teamwork because Supervisors with this type are deeply loyal to their teams and are the least competitive of all ESTJ Enneatypes. Supervisors with a Type 6 Enneagram take great pride in working together with their colleagues and subordinates to tackle various problems. In contrast, ESTJs with Types 3 and 8 are far too competitive to work effectively in teams. Meanwhile, Type 1 Supervisors hold their teammates to impossibly high standards, thus often poisoning the team dynamic.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is better for artists?
ESTJ Enneagram type 3w4 is better for artists because the 3w4 type is the most artistic of all Enneatypes with which the ESTJ personality commonly coexists. ESTJs are generally creative in a business sense (but not in an artistic way) and the same is true for the common ESTJ Enneatypes 3, 6, and 8. That said, Type 3s with a 4 wing usually absorb some of Type 4s’ imagination and originality and balance ESTJs’ innate traditionalism, making this mix of personality types artistically inclined. Thanks to the combination of Type 4s’ artistry, Type 3s’ drive, and Supervisors’ assertive pragmatism, ESTJs with an Enneagram Type 3w4 can achieve success in any creative field.
Which ESTJ Enneagram type is attractive?
Any person, regardless of their ESTJ Enneagram type, may be attractive or unattractive, depending on whom you ask. Attractiveness is a completely subjective metric that’s based on thousands of criteria, which vary from person to person. Even if we were to accept that beauty is somewhat objective, physical characteristics are not the only, nor the main, characteristic that can trigger attraction. Likewise, not everyone finds the same personality traits attractive, nor places them in the same hierarchy when deciding whether they’re drawn to the person possessing these traits. For example, some people may find ESTJs’ motivation, can-do attitude, and upbeat persona (which are true for all common ESTJ enneatypes) appealing. Conversely, others might perceive these same qualities as too brash, intense, or overwhelming, and thus feel repelled by the person.
Do ESTJ Enneagram Types change according to gender?
It’s impossible to know whether ESTJ Enneagram types change according to gender because there are no credible, academic study results that analyze the gender-Enneatype correlation. However, studies published by several online Enneagram personality test facilitators show that the gender split between ESTJ Enneatypes is as follows.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 1: 52% women and 48% men
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 3: 44% women and 56% men
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 6: 57% women and 43% men
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 8: 35% women and 65% men
Can someone change their character from one ESTJ Enneagram type to another?
Yes, someone can change their character from one ESTJ Enneagram type to another, according to research. While there are no scientific studies that analyze personality change in the context of the Enneagram, some academic research shows an individual’s ability to alter the Big 5 personality traits, which are closely linked to the Enneagram.
For example, in a study performed by the University of Illinois, professors R. Chris Fraley and Nathan Hudson found that individuals can change their personality traits if they set their minds to it. The two professors got these results from an experiment they designed to gauge volitional changes in the subjects’ Big 5 personality traits. In the experiment, the researchers asked the subjects to take the Big 5 personality test and got them to select the characteristics they wanted to alter. After 16 weeks of consciously trying to change their chosen traits, the participants largely reported successful personality changes (albeit of varying degrees). At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that people are indeed capable of changing their personality types if they’re motivated to do so. However, the two professors noted that the study’s timeframe (16 weeks) was likely insufficient for producing tangible, personal changes, and meaningful adjustments to one’s personality traits would likely take more time and effort.
Another study from the University of California, co-authored by professors Wiebke Bleidorn, Christopher Hopwood, 13 others, suggests that personality traits are changeable through intervention. However, the researchers found that the success rate depends on the subjects’ age and effort they place into changing their personality.
The two studies above did not assess individuals’ ability to shift from one Enneatype or MBTI type to another. However, they did identify successful personality changes that would affect a person’s placement on the Enneagram and MBTI.
Can someone be from multiple ESTJ Enneagram Types?
Yes, someone can be from multiple ESTJ Enneagram types thanks to the Enneagram wings; however, only one of these types would be dominant. Each of the nine Enneagram types has “wings.” These Enneagram wings are the adjacent types to the person’s primary Enneatype. A person’s Enneagram wing shows their second Enneatype, from which they draw many characteristics. For example, someone with an ESTJ Enneatype 3 could have a 2-wing or a 4-wing; a Type 3w2 ESTJ would be a success-driven individual with nurturing and empathetic tendencies. Meanwhile, a Type 3w4 ESTJ would still be a charismatic achiever, but one that’s more reserved and with a creative, artistic side. Despite the influence from the wing, the person would still strongly exhibit the traits that are associated with their primary Enneagram type.
Who are the famous people for each ESTJ Enneagram Type?
Here is a list of famous people for each ESTJ Enneagram type that is common (ESTJ Types 1, 3, 6, and 8).
- ESTJ Enneagram 1: Emma Watson (1w2) and Martha Stewart (1w9) are ESTJs with an Enneatype 1. Both Watson and Stewart are rational thinkers who lead structured lives and strive for perfection in their respective crafts.
- ESTJ Enneagram 3: Kamala Harris (3w2) and Hillary Clinton (3w4) are Enneatype 3 ESTJs. Both are driven, accomplished individuals who take pleasure in motivating others to succeed.
- ESTJ Enneagram 6: Lindsey Graham (6w5) and Ann Coulter (6w7) are classic Type 6 ESTJs, albeit with unhealthy manifestations of their Enneatypes. Both Graham and Coulter are compulsive alarmists, which is a quality that characterizes unhealthy Type 6s.
- ESTJ Enneagram 8: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (8w7) and Sonia Sotomayor (8w9) are quintessential Type 8 supervisors. Getting to the top is the primary drive and passion for both Sotomayor and Erdoğan, even though the two have employed different means to get there.
How to understand which ESTJ Enneagram type you are?
To understand which ESTJ Enneagram type you are, follow the following three steps.
- Take the MBTI test. By taking the MBTI test, you can confirm your ESTJ personality type and gain a deeper insight into your traits. Then, you’ll be able to use this new knowledge to compare against your Enneatype test results.
- Take the Enneagram Test. Now that you know for sure you’re an ESTJ, taking the Enneagram test will help you establish your ESTJ Enneatype, along with the wing.
- Compare the MBTI and Enneagram test results. With the MBTI and Enneatype test results, you can compare and contrast the traits you got using both typologies. This comparison exercise will help you understand which ESTJ Enneagram type you are.
ESTJ Enneagram type Quiz Example
Below is an example of a quiz you can take to find out your ESTJ Enneagram type, with an explanation for each question.
- I always try to achieve perfection: ESTJs with a Type 1 Enneagram are known perfectionists, so a positive reply to this question would indicate an individual’s alignment with the ESTJ Enneatype 1 personality.
- I feel the need for other people to like me: Type 3 ESTJs have a deep need for admiration and fear being perceived as failures and disliked. An affirmative response to this question would show one’s tendency to shape their behavior to please others, a key ESTJ Enneatype 3 trait.
- I’m always prepared for emergencies: 6 Type ESTJs constantly plan for the worst-case scenario, as their deepest fear is being unable to deal with a disastrous situation. Answering positively to this question would disclose the testee’s ESTJ Type 6 tendencies.
- I have no problems telling someone they’re wrong: Type 8 ESTJs have little regard for the feelings of others. This callousness is especially true if they think the people they reproach are wrong. An affirmative answer to this question would betray a Type 8 ESTJs’ classic perception of sensitivity as a weakness.
- I always strive to avoid pain and suffering: Since Type 6 ESTJs focus their efforts on preparing against a situation that entails suffering, a positive answer to this question would reaffirm the testee’s Enneatype 6.
- I like to feel important among my peers: Type 3 ESTJs have an inherent low self-esteem, and compensate for this by establishing an air of importance among colleagues and friends. An affirmative answer would showcase an ESTJ Type 3’s classic need for approval.
- It’s important for me to be accomplished: Type 8 ESTJs care about success, and not just to impress others because it’s an innate desire. Agreeing with this question would show an individual’s leaning toward the ESTJ Type 8 personality type.
- My company would not perform well without me: As perfectionists, Type 1 ESTJs often find fault with colleagues and subordinates whose work fails to meet their impossibly high standards. Answering positively to this question would show one’s tendency to nitpick, which is a clear Type 1 ESTJ trait.
- I plan ahead for worst-case scenarios: ESTJs with a Type 6 seek to ensure safety and security by planning how to handle adverse situations in advance. Enneatype 6 ESTJs are likely to agree with this statement.
- I hold myself to very high standards: Most Type 1 ESTJs would agree with this statement because they’re perfectionists who set a high bar for themselves and others.
How can ESTJ Enneagram Type develop themselves?
Below are the ways an ESTJ Enneagram Type can develop themselves, broken down by the ESTJ Enneatype.
ESTJ Enneagram 1 development methodologies
An ESTJ with a Type 1 Enneagram makes use of the following 6 methodologies for self-development.
- Learn to accept reality as it is: Some things cannot (and need not) be changed. Learning to be OK with the current state of things will remove a lot of stress from a Type 1 ESTJ and help them pick their battles wisely.
- Be kind to yourself and others: A Type 1 ESTJ shouldn’t let their perfectionist tendencies poison their personal relationships and undermine their own self-worth. By remaining kind to themselves and others, ESTJs with a Type 1 can learn to maintain high standards in everything they do without alienating others or feeling unworthy.
- Open your mind: ESTJs with a Type 1 should accept that they don’t have the answers to everything. Making an effort to live with an open mind can relieve Type 1 ESTJs from built-up stress and frustration and help them foster meaningful relationships with others.
- Let go of things that annoy you: Type 1 ESTJs’ meticulousness can be a great source of vexation to themselves, as there are always little things that fall short of their high standards. Letting go of the small annoyances can help a Type 1 ESTJ focus their efforts on resolving more meaningful issues.
- Loosen up: Others see ESTJs with a Type 1 as overly serious, and this perception forms an obstacle to forming meaningful connections. By adopting a more positive, easy-going attitude, Type 1 ESTJs can improve their ability to establish and maintain a rapport with peers.
- Learn to balance your personal and professional life: Type 1 Supervisors should strive to compartmentalize their activities such that their work and leisure time do not intersect. In the absence of a firm work-life balance, work-related worries will haunt the Perfectionist ESTJ and eventually take a toll on their mental well-being and relationships.
ESTJ Enneagram 3 development methodologies
Below are the 6 strategies an ESTJ Enneagram 3 uses for self-development.
- Accept vulnerability: Being vulnerable is a Type 3 ESTJ’s most basic fear, and one that leads this personality to focus on their image and accomplishments. By accepting their vulnerability, ESTJs with Enneatype 3 can pursue their true passions instead of putting on a show for others.
- Practice introspection: Type 3 ESTJs often lose touch with themselves in their pursuit of success. Spending time on understanding their core fears and desires can help these goal-driven Supervisors to align their motivation with goals that are truly meaningful for them.
- Embrace change: Type 3 ESTJs could open themselves up to more opportunities for career and personal growth if they were less resistant to change. Being less set in their ways could help Type 3 ESTJs to break free from the chains they’ve donned while cultivating an image of accomplishment, and pursue their genuine aspirations.
- Relax: ESTJs with a Type 3 are often competitive to a fault, so learning to relax and step off the gas pedal is an important skill to develop. Taking a breather, letting go, and being content with what they have can help Type 3 ESTJs maintain a work-life balance and foster positive relationships.
- Listen: Type 3 ESTJs command obedience everywhere they go, but seldom take the time to listen to people around them. Making an effort to listen can improve the effectiveness of ESTJ 3s’ communications with their peers and help them build more meaningful connections.
- Enjoy the present: ESTJ with a Type 3 are so focused on their future they forget to appreciate the present, and are thus never truly satisfied with their lives. Learning to enjoy the present can help Type 3 Supervisors enrich their lives and enjoy themselves more.
ESTJ Enneagram 6 development methodologies
ESTJ Enneagram 6s develop themselves by following the following strategies.
- Let go of worries: ESTJs with a Type 6 imagine the worst possible outcomes in various situations, a tendency that can produce undue stress and anxiety. Making an effort to let go of worries can help a Type 6 ESTJ release stress, improve their mental health, and focus on productive tasks.
- Channel anxieties into positive tasks: ESTJs with a Type 6 may not find it possible to stop fretting about their safety and security, but they can channel their worries into productive tasks. For example, pursuing a career in risk management or emergency preparedness can help a Type 6 ESTJ tap into their inherent drive for achieving security in a positive way.
- Build trust: Building trust in relationships can help a Type 6 ESTJ feel secure, thus overcoming their basic fears. Without trust, ESTJs with a Type 6 can feel alone and alienated in a world full of perceived threats.
- Take ownership of your life: Type 6 ESTJs often base their fears on circumstances that are beyond their control. By taking ownership of their life, ESTJs with an Enneatype 6 can feel more in control of their actions and outcomes.
- Embrace positive thinking: By striving to cultivate positive thoughts, Type 6 ESTJs can create a healthy balance with their innate anxious nature.
- Learn to enjoy the present: Some circumstances will always be outside of our control, so Type 6 ESTJs should learn to stop worrying about aspects of the future they can’t change and instead enjoy the present.
ESTJ Enneagram 8 development methodologies
ESTJ Enneagram 8s pursue personal development by applying the six growth steps below.
- Don’t allow instincts to overcome logic: Type 8 ESTJs have a healthy mix of rationality and intuition, but their intuitive side often causes them to act on impulse, often with undesired and easily preventable consequences. ESTJs with Enneatype 8 should learn to reign in their instincts and balance their gut feeling with their innate preference for logic.
- Open up emotionally: ESTJs with a Type 8 see sensitivity as a weakness, and often repress their feelings, thus negatively affecting their mental health and alienating others. By opening up emotionally, Type 8 Supervisors can manage stress better and build warm relationships with people around them.
- Reign in ambition: Type 8 ESTJs are ambitious to a fault, and their relentless drive to succeed (and stay on top) often ends in frustrations when the end-goals become out-of-reach. By setting reasonable limits on their aspirations, Type 8 ESTJs can instead focus on realistic, attainable objectives and avoid disappointment.
- Learn to delegate: Type 8 Supervisors strive to consolidate power when in leadership roles and micromanage their subordinates, often to the detriment of the enterprise. By learning to trust others and delegate some of their power, Type 8 ESTJs can grow their leadership potential and manage operations with greater efficiency.
- Embrace weaknesses: ESTJs with a Type 8 have a hard time accepting their own weaknesses, and this denial leads to frustrations, wasted efforts, and difficulties in forming warm relationships with people. By embracing their weaknesses, Type 8 Supervisors can develop deeper personal relationships, learn their limits, and focus their professional drive on realistic goals.
Who are the famous experts for ESTJ Enneagram Type?
There are no famous experts for the ESTJ Enneagram type. There are notable experts on the ESTJ and other personality types classified by the MBTI typology, and other psychologists who have researched the nine Enneagram types. However, there are no known academics who have done research on ESTJ Enneagram types or studied the correlation between the MBTI and Enneagram typologies.
What other personalities are close to ESTJs with different Enneagram types?
The other personalities close to ESTJs with different Enneagram types are ISTJs, ESTPs, and ENTJs. The proximity of these three MBTI types to the ESTJ depends on the ESTJ’s Enneagram Type and is described below.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 1: ISTJs are the closest to Type 1 ESTJ for two reasons. First, both personality types strive for perfection and are driven to fix others’ errors. Second, Type 1 ESTJs and ISTJs share a thorough, methodical approach to work and a high level of personal discipline. Their main difference is that Type 1 ESTJs are sociable and thrive on interactions, whereas ISTJs prefer their own company.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 3: ESTPs are the closest to Type 3 ESTJs for two reasons. First, ESTPs and Type 3 ESTJs are both energetic, pragmatic doers who typically find themselves in the midst of the action. Second, both Type 3 ESTJs and ESTPs are competitive. Their main difference is that ESTPs are spontaneous and impulsive, while Type 3 Supervisors prefer structure and planning.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 6: ISTJs are the closest to ESTJs with Enneatype 6 for two reasons. First, both ISTJs and Type 6 ESTJs fear a lack of security and plan ahead for various emergencies. Second, Type 6 ESTJs are the most likely of all Supervisors to share some of ISTJs’ introversion. Their main difference is that Type 6 ESTJs do like working with large groups of people despite their reserved nature, whereas ISTJs prefer solitude.
- ESTJ Enneagram Type 8: ENTJs are the closest to ESTJ with a Type 8 Enneagram for two reasons. First, both ENTJs and Type 8 ESTJs have dominant personalities who wish to be in control. Second, ENTJs and Type 8 ESTJs alike strive for accomplishment and success. Their main difference is that ENTJs have vision and like to strategize, whereas Type 8 ESTJs are pragmatic doers who focus on the task at hand.