How they gain energy: Introverted
How they take in information: Sensor
How they make decisions: Thinker
How they deal with the outer world: Judger
On the surface ISTJ’s can seem pretty boring. They follow the rules (heck, they even make the rules) they think logically, they behave practically, they assess new information based on facts and tangible experiences. They mull everything over and weigh out their words before even speaking. They organize for fun (yes, for fun!) and they are the epitome of reliable. Sounds pretty dry to me.
But dig a bit below the surface and you’ll find a dynamic Thinker (T), an excellent friend and a leader who runs calm under fire. These Introverts (I) carefully plan out what to say and how to say it so when they do speak you know it’s been refined and is likely important. The most loyal of the personality types these are the folks you can call at 3am without fear of reprisal. And they are one of the more common leadership types for a reason, they are trustworthy and practical – both ideal traits in your boss.
But more important than just a friend you can disturb in the wee hours, these Sensors (S) make the world go round. With nicknames like The Auditor, The Logistician, and The Examiner these are the types that run the infrastructure of economics, accounting, and technology. These are the systems administrators, the office managers and the probation officers of the world. These are the guys and gals that make sure the world is spinning as it should – essentially they are taking care of all stuff that you don’t want to.
ISTJ’s dedication to getting it right and following through can lead to some grave consequences for their own sanity. Their sense of duty and obligation is so strong that they’ll continue to take things on even when they perhaps shouldn’t. Shifty co-workers and passive partners will gladly flip their responsibilities over to these Judgers (J) and the ISTJ will continue to bear the larger load because for them the work has to get done one way or another. But be careful, eventually they’ll flip, dig in their heels and show those freeloaders just how stubborn they can be. (As an ISTJ myself – let me tell you, I can be stubborn.)
So, yeah, ISTJ’s can be pretty dry, but you still need us and love us – and for very good practical reasons.