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Definition of an ESTJ
ESTJ is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe an extroverted person who prefers to use their sensing, thinking, and judging cognitive functions to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.
Extroverts are friendly, cheerful, talkative people who are enthusiastic about life. When a party, meeting, or project needs to be organized, an extrovert will take charge and make sure everything runs smoothly.
ESTJs are also known for their logical mind, practical nature, efficiency, reliability, honesty, and loyalty to those closest to them.
By the sheer power of their strong personalities, ESTJs get things done. They don’t back down from challenges but see them as perfect opportunities to showcase their stellar character strengths.
Their confident, positive attitude inspires others, but ESTJs do have a dark side. They can be critical, controlling, and aggressive when they don’t get their way. ESTJs may even bully others to achieve their goals or use their bullying tactics to push people to excel.
Famous People and the ESTJ Personality
Famous ESTJs are usually leaders in their chosen professions, and they enjoy the prestige and power that comes with their celebrity status.
While ESTJs place great emphasis on upholding established traditions, rules, and laws, some famous ESTJs can break rules when they let their weakness take over, or they believe their way is the better way.
Celebrities are in constant demand, and it’s difficult for them to keep their private life separate from their private life. Unlike introverted famous people, famous ESTJs are usually quite happy to talk about themselves, but they put a limit on how much information they are willing to disclose to the media.
Cognitive functions of ESTJs
For ESTJ actors and singers, the sensing preference helps them to remember lines from a script and song lyrics. ESTJ businesspeople use this function to retain important business information. ESTJ reality television personalities use their senses to glean information from show participants so they can respond with the right advice.
Thinking and judging
The thinking and judging preferences help famous ESTJs to analyze a situation and make strategic career decisions. These cognitive functions also help them to maintain stability in their high-profile demanding careers.
Margaret Thatcher was the British Prime Minister between 1979-1990 and was called The Iron Lady. She was Europe’s first woman prime minister and the only British prime minister in the 20th century to win three consecutive terms. At the time of her resignation, she was the longest-serving British prime minister since 1827.
Despite criticism over her Conservative politics, Margaret Thatcher was celebrated for many achievements. She was an advocate for the independence of the individual from the state; organized the sale of public housing to tenants, reduced expenditures on health care, education, and housing, and placed legal restrictions on trade unions.
When she retired, Margaret Thatcher remained a member of Parliament until the 1992 election and was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords.
Although the nickname The Iron Lady was meant to be a derogatory nickname by a Soviet journalist, it describes Margaret Thatcher’s ESTJ personality perfectly.
Margaret Thatcher was a strong, highly intelligent, confident, and disciplined political leader.
She refused to comprise the revolutionary Thatcherism ideologies and maintained her strong moral fortitude under the barrage of intense criticism. Despite political pressure, she kept her unique sense of humor which is displayed during her many speeches. She was always patient with her opponents, provided she got her way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher was described by her daughter as being a “superwoman [who was] always flat out. She never relaxed and household chores were done at a breakneck speed [so she could] get back to the parliamentary correspondence or get on with making up a speech.” (Thatcher in Hubbard, Town & Country, 2020).
A woman of integrity, Margaret Thatcher didn’t just talk about her policies, she put them into action.
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson was the president of the United States from 1963–69.
Johnson came to power during a time of great socio-cultural-political upheaval in America. There was mass hysteria after the JFK assassination, widespread poverty, economic problems, racial unrest, and anti-Vietnam war protests.
His election campaign Great Society speech caught the attention of Americans, and he won the election by winning more than 61% of the popular vote.
During his administration, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, which ended segregation in public places, and banned employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or national origin. He also implemented major social service programs and established the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).
Lyndon B. Johnson is a great example of an ESTJ. He was fiercely competitive, a skilled speech maker, and a charismatic visionary leader who stuck to his convictions.
He liked to focus on the facts and absorb large amounts of information which was essential for making strategic decisions under pressure.
Although he sometimes would “threaten, flatter and bully” people to get the job done, LBJ knew how to “identify and mobilize the right people” (Coleman, Forbes, 2018) for his mission to make America great again.
“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”
“The noblest search is the search for excellence.”
Lord Alan Sugar
Lord Alan Sugar is a British businessman, entrepreneur, politician, political advisor, speaker, author, and media personality.
He grew up in a council flat in Hackney, London and as soon as he was old enough, he worked in a grocery store to help pay the bills.
At 16, he sold electrical goods out of a van and had a market stall in the historic Petticoat Lane Market.
At 21, he started the consumer electronics company Amstrad.
In 2005, Lord Alan Sugar joined the UK reality television show The Apprentice. After this show got canceled, he became the new CEO of the Australian version of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2020.
Lord Alan Sugar is now estimated to be worth around 1.3 billion dollars.
Lord Alan Sugar is an excellent example of an ESTJ. Even from a young age, he knew he had a talent for business. He was determined that his poor upbringing wouldn’t stop him from achieving his goals: of being self-employed and providing cutting-edge computer technology at an affordable price.
He is a smart planner, an incredibly hard worker; self-disciplined, and confident, and he easily commands attention when he enters a room.
Even though he has an exceptional memory, he makes elaborate notes and uses a diary to keep himself super organized.
He was described by Jodi Gordon, one of the celebrity apprentices on the reality show, as being an “absolutely frightening [boss who] was as tough as he needed to be but gave everyone a fair go”. (Taylor, Daily Mail Australia, 2022)
Lord Alan Sugar’s rough, gruff, and brutally honest manner can make him appear insensitive and unfeeling, but when he pushes people to their limits, it’s because he wants them to succeed.
“I don’t make enemies, it’s just I’m not afraid to speak my mind, which can sometimes mean people don’t like what I am saying.”
“The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can’t learn it, you can’t buy it, you can’t put it in a bottle. It’s just there and it comes out.”
Dr. Phil aka Phillip McGraw is an American television personality and author.
Although he stopped renewing his license to practice psychology in 2006, Dr. Phil holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Before he started his talk show in 2002, Dr. Phil first gained celebrity status on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.
In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $70 million and ranked him the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world.
In addition to his television work, Dr. Phil has written best-selling books such as Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters, Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family, and Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World.
Dr. Phil is a classic ESTJ. He is a critical thinker and has a logical, methodical approach to solving problems. He is confident, honest, and direct, and can remain quite calm under pressure.
Dr. Phil set can be a highly volatile environment that is full of drama and bad behavior from some of its guests, but through it all, Dr. Phil displays extraordinary patience and humor. But when he is pushed to his limits by particularly unruly guests, he can be blunt and even insulting.
Although the television show has suffered from much controversy due to toxic workplace allegations, it is still a hugely popular reality sensation. Dr. Phil continues to help thousands of people by providing practical advice for a wide range of mental, emotional, physical, and familial issues.
“Awareness without action is worthless.”
“Don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.”
Gordon Ramsey is a Scottish chef, restaurateur, television celebrity chef and presenter, and author. He is best known for his reality tv television show Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
Before he became a celebrity chef, Ramsay pursued a sporting career, and he was scouted by the Scottish Premier League Glasgow Rangers, but a knee injury put an end to his career in football.
In 1998, he opened his restaurant under his name, and within three years it had three Michelin stars.
As well as his award-winning British series Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, his other shows include Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, The-F-Word, MasterChef Junior, Gordon on Cocaine, and Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.
He has also published numerous cooking, as well as two autobiographical books, Humble Pie, and Gordon Ramsay’s Playing with Fire.
Gordon Ramsay also makes cooking Masterclass Videos that teach home cooks how to create restaurant-quality dishes.
Gordon Ramsey is the perfect example of the ESTJ personality. He is goal-orientated, extremely ambitious, hardworking, charismatic, and perfectionistic.
He is quite happy to be interviewed by the media, but he has been called an “arrogant narcissist [and a] bully” when he made inappropriate comments about a journalist.
He also has an explosive short temper and often verbally abuses chefs and hotel owners who don’t take their jobs seriously.
Despite his volatile nature, Gordon Ramsay’s prime motivation is to help people succeed in their business ventures and fulfill their culinary dreams.
“I’ve had a lot of success; I’ve had failures, so I learn from the failure.”
“If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did.”
Lucy Liu is an American actress, producer, and social justice advocate.
Lucy Liu’s most famous roles are as Alex Munday in Charlie Angel’s films and Joan Watson in the crime-drama series Elementary. She has appeared in Shanghai Noon, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Lucky Number Slevin, Watching the Detectives, The Man with the Iron Fists, and Set It Up.
She lent her voice to cartoon characters in animated films such as Kung Fu Panda, Tinker Bell, Mulan II, Magic Wonderland, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
Her awards include a Critics’ Choice Television Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Seoul International Drama Award.
In 2019, Lucy Liu received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She supports many charities, including The Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which raises money for breast cancer research and education, UNICEF, and The Human Rights Campaign. She is the spokesperson for the Heinz micronutrient campaign.
Lucy Liu is an artist under her Chinese name Yu Ling, and she has held several art shows that display her collage, paintings, and photography.
Lucy Liu is an ESTJ as she is hardworking, organized, responsible, confident, and independent, and she likes to try new things.
Lucy has a strong moral code; boldly speaks up for what she believes in, and she is not afraid to take on seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Growing up in Queens, New York to Chinese immigrants was difficult, and breaking into the acting industry as an Asian American woman was another challenge she had to overcome.
When she started auditioning for roles “she was told repeatedly [that] she wouldn’t make in Hollywood, where opportunities for Asian American talent were scant”, but she “wouldn’t take no for an answer” (Yamato, Brown, Los Angeles Times, 2021).
Lucy Liu’s determination to succeed despite the odds has made her one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood.
“I don’t know what “never” means — so let’s just try.”
“You can’t look back; you have to keep looking forward.”
Alec Baldwin is an American actor, writer, producer, TV host, and social justice activist.
One of America’s most prolific actors, he has starred in over 90 films. He is known for his acting versatility in genres such as drama, crime-thriller, and comedy.
His three younger brothers, Daniel, William, and Stephen also became actors in Hollywood.
Alec Baldwin’s most well-known films are Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Married to the Mob, The Hunt for Red October, Prelude to a Kiss, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, Mercury Rising, The Aviator, The Departed, To Rome with Love, and Still Alice.
He has won numerous awards such as an Obie award for his performance in Prelude to a Kiss and an Emmy Award for his “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump impersonation.
He wrote about his tumultuous divorce from Kim Basinger and the bitter custody battle over their daughter in the book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce.
He has a podcast called Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin has many social justice projects, including The Radiation and Public Health Project, The Brennan Center for Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center, PETA, and People for the American Way. His foundation, the Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation, is dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental problems and learning disorders.
A tragic accident occurred while Alec Baldwin was working on the film Rust. The cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed, and the director Joel Souza was injured after a live round was discharged from a revolver that Baldwin was using. The revolver had not been properly checked for safety before he used it.
Alec Baldwin is a complex ESTJ. He is confident, charismatic, likable, and deeply committed to his career, family, and charitable causes, but he can also be ruthless, insensitive, disagreeable, impulsive, and bad-tempered.
His angry outbursts have been described as “narcissistic abuse-style tendencies”, (Collins, Looper, 2021) which have been displayed many times. Baldwin has assaulted the paparazzi, abused a person who he believed had stolen his car space and verbally abused his daughter.
Despite his personality weaknesses, Alec Baldwin “good-naturedly [mocks] himself”, and “handles fame with humility” (Siegel New York Times, 2012).
“I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we’re done, then the rest of the time is mine.”
“To be in this business and have tremendous integrity and only make distinguished choices is very tough.”
Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor. He is regarded as a musical legend, a cultural icon of music and film, and the most influential American jazz/swing singer of the 20th century.
He has won 11 Grammy awards, recorded 65 top 40 hits, recorded over 1,200 songs, and sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
After starting his career with the Hoboken Four, singing with the Harry James Orchestra, and then the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Sinatra’s career took off when he signed with Columbia Records in 1943.
From 1947 to 1951, Sinatra’s popularity began to wane because of a few reasons. Sinatra received negative press about his friendship with organized crime figures. He was known for his violent temper toward journalists who wrote unflattering articles about him. His relationship issues also caused more damage to his career.
In 1950, Sinatra lost his voice for several months due to vocal-cord hemorrhaging.
In 1960, he left his second recording label, Capitol Records to form his label, Reprise Records.
His most loved songs are Strangers In The Night, My Way, New York, Cabaret, I Get a Kick Out of You, In The Wee Small Hours, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Come Fly With Me, Lady Is A Tramp, Luck Be a Lady, I Get a Kick Out of You, and a host of Christmas Carols.
Like many famous ESTJs, Sinatra came from humble beginnings, but once he realized his destiny as a singer, nothing could stop him from making his mark on the world.
Frank Sinatra is not only celebrated for his impressive vocal skill, beautifully smooth voice, and solid work ethic, but he also “championed new [song writing] talents” (Gardner, USA Today, 2015) so their stars could shine brightly too.
When you watch Frank Sinatra perform his life anthem song My Way, you’ll see that he was a naturally gifted leader who knew how to take charge of a performance.
Sinatra lived his life with passion, bravado and a “devil may care” attitude, which is especially evident in his “Rat Pack” antics. He earned the nickname “Chairman of the Board” because he took creative control over his career, a decision that has inspired many modern-day musical talents to do the same.
Fellow singer Dean Martin said it best when describing Sinatra, “It’s Frank’s world, we’re all just livin’ in it.”
“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”
“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
Ambitious, courageous, and passionate about life, famous ESTJs are compelling career motivators. They challenge us to take risks and stay 100% focused on our goals until we achieve them.
Life is full of successes and failures, so we must celebrate our successes and learn from our failures. Whether we achieve celebrity status or not, we all have a special calling to fulfill.
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