ESTP personality type

Updated October 22, 2018

ESTP: Extravert-Sensor-Thinker-Perceiver

  • Jung type ESTP
  • Extraverts are outgoing, energetic and action-oriented. They are enthusiastic and expressive
  • Sensors live in the present. They rely on facts, handle practical matters well and like things to be concrete and measurable.
  • Thinkers make decisions using logic and impersonal analysis. They think with their heads rather than their hearts.
  • Perceivers prefer a lifestyle that is spontaneous, flexible and adaptable. They like an environment that is unstructured, and like to keep their options open.

An ESTP at a glance

ESTPs are life's adventurers. When an ESTP type is around, life is really buzzing! The lights are on and the action begins. They believe that life is not a rehearsal - so everyone should go for it!

People warm to an ESTP quickly which is great because they need people. They are energetic, warm, friendly, enthusiastic and have a great sense of humor. ESTPs are primarily focused on the here and now. Their motto or philosophy of life could easily be make the most of the moment! They have a built-in need to be a doer - to always be physically and mentally active. To be engaged in a great variety of activities involving as many people as possible. However, people who know them well realize that, despite all this dynamic flow of energy, they can also be logical and grounded.

Some experts in personality types think of an ESTP as a super hero character. They love to move faster than a speeding bullet and leap tall buildings in a single bound!

Their probable contributions to an organization

Each personality type has a different set of skills, talents and attributes that they bring to an organization, group or relationship. Here is a list of those most commonly associated with personality types like ESTP.

  • Places his/her whole body and soul into a project.
  • Is pragmatic, outgoing, quick and flexible.
  • Values and operates according to firsthand experience instead of theories.

On a team

Some people work well on teams, others work best on their own. Understanding the personality types of team members provides information about how individuals are likely to carry out their work and interact with each other. Given the personality preferences of an ESTP, the following are the strengths (and possible weaknesses!) they will most likely bring to a team:

  • Is flexible and responds quickly.
  • Joins teams and projects with enthusiastic optimism and a conviction to succeed.
  • Establishes objectives, routes, purpose and benchmarks.

ESTP leadership style

Each personality type has its own leadership style, strengths and blind spots. The following highlights an ESTP approach to leadership, provides clues as to how an ESTP will act in a leader role, and pinpoints some of the leadership qualities.

  • Seizes the day and the opportunities.
  • Motivates and inspires others.
  • Easily clarifies problems, collects opinions, offers alternatives and determines immediate action.

Jung personality types

There are sixteen Jung personality types. Take a free Jung personality test or learn more about the Jung typology.