Portrait of the Supervisors (eStJ)
Copyrighted © 1996 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.
The Guardians called Supervisors are not only concrete in
speech and cooperative in reaching their goals, but they are also directive and
expressive in their social address-very directive and very expressive.
Supervisors do not hesitate even for an instant to express their opinion of
someone's performance, nor do they withhold their demand for improvement.
Supervisors see themselves as responsible for seeing to it
that those in their charge do as they should. They feel proud of their
responsibility and of their efforts in making others responsible. Representing
from ten to twelve percent of the general population, eStJs can be counted on to
do their duty no matter how difficult it may be, or what sacrifices it demands.
And they can be tough-minded about others' derelictions of duty. Supervisors
naturally gravitate to the role of supervisor in their relations with others,
and feel especially responsible for making sure that people behave in keeping
with agreed upon procedures and standards of conduct-or else face the
consequences. Like a seasoned, stalwart umpire, they will set their jaw and
point out mistakes and transgressions to anyone who steps out of line; they feel
obligated to do so, and they're sometimes surprised when the culprit does not
seem grateful for their reprimand.
Supervisors are gregarious and civic-minded, and are usually
pillars of their community. They are generous with their time and energy, and
very often belong to a variety of service clubs, lodges, and associations,
supporting them through steady attendance, but also taking a vocal leadership
role. Indeed, membership groups of all kinds attract ESTJs like magnets, perhaps
because membership satisfies in some degree their need to maintain the stability
of social institutions. Like all the SJs, ESTJs worry a good deal about society
falling apart, morality decaying, standards being undermined, traditions being
lost, and they do all they can to preserve and to extend the institutions that
embody social order. Supervisors are so in tune with the established,
time-honored institutions and ways of behaving within those institutions, that
they have a hard time understanding those who might wish to abandon or radically
A full description of the Supervisor and Guardian is in Please
Understand Me or Please Understand Me II