“The ISTJ is the behind-the-scenes worker making things happen. Their sense of duty and loyalty means that they will rarely be happy in the front line, preferring to be the engine room. The ISTJ is the sensible, ‘prefect-type’ of character, which wants to get it right and ‘do good.’ Their value to the team is protection – from mistakes, from omissions, from self-delusion and from going off-track. The ISTJ loves seeing things come to fruition. Ideas, complexity and imagination are of value only if they lead to a practical end result.
An ISTJ needs to be clear on what is expected, and then will plan and work with consistent and steady energy towards completion. Opinions are slowly arrived-at and, consequently will be well- thought-out, tried and tested. The ISTJ is not prone to bursts
of emotion, flying by the seat of the pants nor will they thrive in a chaotic environment – unless they have the opportunity to formalize it!
Logical, detached and detailed, ISTJs pride themselves on their store of data and knowledge, all arrived at with clinical procedure and experience. They take great care not to get it wrong and
like everyone to take responsibility for their actions – and their mistakes. Serious-minded, individualistic and thorough, the ISTJ may focus so much on the task that they forget the needs of others – including themselves. ISTJs like to plan, schedule and drive through to completion, in a logical linear sequence. Any deviation from the plan would be questioned and may take some convincing of its merits.”
• Serious and quiet
• Action oriented
• Responsible and trustworthy
• A “no-nonsense” person
Areas of Growth
• Consider other possible solutions
• Be open to the “big picture”
• Make time for fun
• Listen more to those around you
“The basic attitude of ISTJs is things are what they are and little can be done to change them. ISTJs tend to be quiet, very serious and concerned about procedures and rules, especially when others are not doing their duty.”
• Organizing facts and details to accomplish a goal
• A quiet workspace with few interactions
• Clear and stable structures
• Being in control of work schedule
• Being asked to change something with no rational reason • Requirement to do things in an inefficient way
• Being asked to ‘wing it’
To function at their best
“They need organization and structure in which to work. Projects to complete and tasks to accomplish. Opportunities to organize and preserve data or materials. An understanding of their role.”
“ISTJs are so consistent and can be easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when these others don’t adhere to their commitments or agreements. They do, however, usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked – but when asked, they are unlikely to mince words – facts, truth and telling it like it is will always win over tactfulness. Serious-minded, individualistic and thorough, the ISTJ may focus so much on the task that they forget the needs of others – including themselves
as their focus can be laser like and intense. Others may see them as slightly cold and impersonal, possibly even as uncaring. This is merely focus but can alienate those trying to get close.
As their decisions are based on what makes the most logical sense, this can mean the feelings of others may not necessarily be factored into this process. ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. It is possible for the ISTJ to express emotional warmth but not without depleting their energy resources and so they will then have to move out of the spotlight and spend time alone drawing energy from within. They are factual and need time alone and the more effusive extravert types may find that a little difficult and, at times, disconcerting.
Detached and factual ISTJs often find it difficult to deal with emotions as they see these as irrational and illogical, and when others display emotions they have to translate the emotion into factual language that they can understand. Deep and private ISTJs will tend to keep their own feelings to themselves and until they have the measure of people will be unlikely to proactively share their feelings. Too much interaction sucks their energies. ISTJs like people to stick to agreements and commitments and may not understand that this is human nature, not human deficiency as they themselves take such commitments incredibly seriously.”
ISTJ at work
“The ISTJ value at work is protection – from mistakes, from omissions, from self-delusion and from going off-track. In a team situation, the ISTJ will bring order, clarity, organization and planning. Although introverted and so not the most vocal member of the team, the ISTJ will seek to make sure the team is best placed to move towards a ‘known’ conclusion in a thorough, planned and detailed way with out deviation from the plan.
Consummate planners, ISTJs love seeing things come to fruition. Ideas, complexity and imagination are of value only if they lead
to a practical end result. The ISTJ will be great at spotting flaws
in arguments, missed details and preventing the team haring off
in the wrong direction. They seem to have a built-in immunity from getting excited and so will bring a strong sense of reality and factualness to the team which may not be inspiring, but will add so much value in the longer term in ensuring agreements are adhered to and things progress according to the plan.
Sure they may not be the one coming up with the ideas or keeping the momentum going but their role is primarily protector and in that they will be invaluable to the team. They excel at analysing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions so the team is better placed to make balanced decisions. In a team environment the ISTJ will be unemotional and factual. They may not be motivational or strongly vocal, but they are superb at analysing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions and weighing up the pro’s and con’s of options. Teams will be better placed to make balanced decisions with an ISTJ there.
ISTJs bring a strong sense of planning, agreeing objectives and working steadily towards closure. They will excel at ensuring everyone is clear on what is expected, everyone knows what the plan is and their part in it and ensuring that the plan is enacted, so more task- than people-focused.”