The ISTJ personality type is the Organizer. About 12 percent of people (in the U.S.) are ISTJs. Being an ISTJ means that you have the personality profile
You (I)ntrovert your attention and focus on your inner world and you actually love your time alone. You are energized through reflection on information and facts you have observed.
By your (S)ensing you take in concrete facts, details, and focus on experiences that occur in the present.
(T)hinking means you are conscientious and your decisions are based on logical analysis and objectivity. Some may think your observations are quite knowledgeable.
You exhibit your (J)udging through your orderliness and your desire to promptly settle or complete things. You like to bring things to a conclusion and are always looking for a way to make that happen.
Is This Your Personality Type?
Are you a reliable ISTJ? You have already had employee screening and taken a “personality type” test or other instruments to help employees. If not and you would like to know what your Myers-Briggs® personality type is, here’s a free place to start.
7 Recommended Job Parameters for the ISTJ Employee
ISTJs find work more satisfying where you have these parameters included in your job.
1. A stable work environment, with clear reporting structure and explicit expectations.
2. Work on one project at a time where you can set your own pace to plan and execute it, preferably without interruptions.
3. Opportunities to learn well and use technical skills that have practical value use.
4. Work on real products where you can see the immediate results of your efforts which are evaluated on their merits.
5. Work that you find challenging and in which you are (or can become) a competent expert.
6. Recognition for specific skills you use on the job, and promotions (not necessarily into managerial roles) with increasing levels of responsibility and compensation.
7. A small team environment that provides a connection with people that you do not have to create the connections yourself.
These parameters are based on the ISTJ personality’s natural abilities and interests. Go here for some job hunting tips.
Some Natural Abilities of ISTJs
Natural abilities that ISTJs tend to use to achieve job satisfaction are those that define your natural strengths, like the following. You will find you do your job more effectively when you incorporate these abilities (listed in alphabetical order).
NATURAL ABILITY Definition
Advise Counsel; give a tip or suggestion.
Analyze Give attention to or take in an issue at hand; attentively listen and think through.
Arrange Set in order; thoroughly implement.
Edit Clarify; make it neat; clean it up; purge.
Investigate Gather information; check it out; figure out practical elements.
Learn Read for information; research; prepare.
Observe Sense; notice; estimate; weigh.
Organize Plan; outline; think ahead; set goals.
Serve Meet needs in practical ways; provide information that helps.
ISTJs Love to Organize
ISTJs love to figure things out and bring organization to a situation or things. You love getting the job done and finishing it on schedule. You enjoy “hands-on” tasks and projects, and are not one to avoid work that is hard or difficult. You ISTJs have great memories for facts and figures, and you highly value thoroughness and accuracy and so like to see concrete, tangible results.
ISTJs go over your own work and that of others with a fine-toothed comb, inspecting to make sure nothing is overlooked. You often express your independence by tending to work alone and by your dislike for distractions and disruptions, sometimes too much and then feel lonely, but you thrive on responsibility and rarely do you hesitate to take on more.
3 Interest Areas of ISTJs
In another article I explain six areas of interest and those compatible to the ISTJ personality usually involve the interest areas of Conventional, Investigative and Realistic (or CIR). The combination of these three interests can be expressed as “figure out how to make it work efficiently.” Conventional interest can be seen in a desire for the goal to be something practical as well as carefully and methodically done. Your Investigative interest is expressed in your independence, curiosity and desire to learn. Your Realistic interests are expressed in your thrift, persistence, practicality, traditional values and common sense.
You ISTJs thrive on order and continuity and find most satisfying a role that involves organization of things and information.
The ISTJ would rather…. than…
focus on practical tasks hypothetical theories.
work on a budget act as liaison between people.
have time to prepare and do tasks well do tasks pressured by time.
be in an organized and calm work environment disorganization and emotional situations.
follow a team leader be the one to lead others to the goal.
offer insights and suggestions persuade others to change their minds.
You ISTJs concentrate on data and information and reflects your inward focus, making you the most private of the sixteen personality types. However, you ISTJs acquire such a social grace, ease of words and all the appropriate interpersonal skills that you are sometimes mistaken for an Extravert. Your responsible nature, when it comes to objective, concrete information in the here and now, is so strong that your immediate response is to organize and schedule all of it! And, you expect the same of others. You are extremely demanding at home, work and even when at play.
What’s worse is you will exhibit a pattern of anxiety symptoms particular to the ISTJ personality. Your balanced approach of being careful, orderly and realistic can get knocked out of balance when you focus too much on the details, or are hit with anything unknown or issues of reality. You become dogged on the details, even at times losing your task orientation and sense of order.
This isn’t too bad if you can manage to get relief from these stressors and get back into balance, however, if relief is not found, it gets worse! You ISTJs then go extreme. You lose control of the details, and may become impulsive and fall into catastrophizing. By that point (if not before) you ISTJs must take drastic measures to get back into balance. You must first ‘hit bottom’ and then experience others around you taking you seriously, allowing you also to unload the details that seem so out of control.
Return to Balance
BUT, you ISTJs do want to return to your many responsibilities, so you will regain your normal ordered way of life once again. Making improvements in the efficiency of the organization of things is your motivation. You ISTJs driven by duty and responsibility are drawn into inspection of data once again. The trick is to keep yourselves in balance and manage your sense of duty with a more reasonable load of responsibilities.
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