Energetic Problem-Solver

ESTPs at a Glance

People with ESTP preferences motivate others by bringing energy into various situations. They apply common sense and experience to problems, quickly analyzing what is wrong and then fixing it. Words or phrases that describe people with ESTP preferences at their best are highlighted in the MBTI® Type Head below:

ESTP Type Head
ESTP Stress Head

ESTPs at Work

People with ESTP preferences enjoy taking risks, managing crises, and putting out fires. They work best when surrounded by active, task-oriented people in an environment that is immediate, fast-paced, and focused on the project. They tend to be spontaneous and adventurous, often preferring to work without strict rules or restrictions. People who prefer ESTP are likely to be attracted to jobs or careers in marketing.

People with ESTP preferences are often hyper-aware of their immediate environment and will usually choose to act on the most logical and efficient option in the present moment. Together with their ST desire to be accurate, precise, data driven, and efficient, as well as getting to the point, people who prefer ESTP can quickly scan the environment for what logically needs to get done and jump into action, usually without hesitation. However, in the process, they could be distracted by another task that demands their attention and not finish the first one, until of course when the first job once again catches their attention. Some say ESTPs invented the term multitasking for their ability to move seamlessly from one task to the next, doing what seems most expedient, efficient, and the most fun!

Jobs That Typically Appeal to ESTPs

Common Careers
Forestry worker
Command-and-control center specialist
Supervisor/manager of weapons specialists
Mechanical engineering technician
Tax examiner/revenue agent
Military officer

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ESTPs and Leadership

People with ESTP preferences make up about 6% of leaders globally while also representing about 6% of the general population.* Their preferences may help them as leaders focus on the practicality and reality of new ideas and point out inaccuracies and inconsistencies during decision making.

*Note: Global leadership sample includes 960,000+ supervisors, managers, and executives; global sample representing the general population includes 21,000+ individuals. See Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type and Leadership (2015).

ST Leaders:
Doing it Right the First Time

Key contributions of ST leaders were found to include many activities related to the execution of work; not surprising given their common bottom-line approach. Their top strengths were listed as solving problems and analyzing issues (81% of those surveyed) and taking initiative (68%). As a result, it is likely that in leadership positions, ST leaders will be naturally good at:

  • Taking action and staying focused on objectives
  • Analyzing information and solving problems
  • Developing efficient procedures and policies
  • Applying their depth of knowledge and experience to challenges

ESTPs and Stress

People with ESTP preferences will typically become stressed by the factors highlighted in the MBTI® Stress Head above. In these circumstances they may tend to be withdrawn, distracted, and even anxious. During initial stress, however, they may tend to obsess over details that previously didn’t matter and then resist thinking outside the box. Download and share the ESTP Stress Head to remind you (and your colleagues) about the things that stress you.

ESTPs and Personal Relationships

People with ESTP preferences seem to truly love life and immerse themselves in it. Their partner, peers, family members, and friends will likely see them as adventurous risk takers as well as pragmatic troubleshooters. However, they may be impatient exploring long-term relationships.

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Comparing Personalities
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ESTPs and Conflict

People with ESTP preferences tend to be “autonomous and adventurous activists with an outgoing, fun-loving approach to life” (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 32). This can work well for them when they can use that positive approach to diffuse conflict. However, it could sometimes backfire if overused.

The TP conflict style of people who prefer ESTP works when a little humor is added to help lighten things up a bit. However, this approach could fail when others don’t feel as though they are being taken seriously.


Who are some famous ESTPs?

Unless they have taken the MBTI assessment and shared their personality type preferences, it’s impossible to know. Anything else is just speculation, and we call it “type-casting.”

Where do our data come from?

All figures and data are representative of our own assessment samples collected at the time users take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment.

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