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Known as The Inspector or Logistician, ISTJs are:

  • Reliable - they are characterized by decisiveness in practical affairs.

  • Straight-forward - they naturally communicate a message of trustworthiness and stability.

  • Institutional - they are likely to be involved in community service organizations that transmit traditional values.

  • Inspecting - they are careful examiners, always attentive in their scrutinizing.

  • Standardizing - they quietly see to it that uniform quality of product is maintained, and that those around them uphold certain standards of attitude and conduct.

  • Conservative -  they are firm and consistent; they make the rules of the game clear and expect them to be followed. 


Some ISTJs can also be:

  • Stubborn

  • Insensitive

  • Inflexible

  • Judgmental

  • Prone to Self Blame

Under stress, ISTJs may withdraw or push too hard to get things done.


How ISTJs typically operate in the workplace:

  • As Subordinates - they crave responsibility, which makes them the go-to subordinates for odds and ends and unpopular projects.

  • As Colleagues - they can be trusted to ensure that projects are finished on time and by the book.

  • As Managers - they love responsibility and the power resulting from it.


Other well-known ISTJs include:

  • Denzel Washington

  • Angela Merkel

  • Condolezza Rice

  • Anthony Hopkins

  • Warren Buffet

  • Andrea Mitchell

  • Harry S. Truman

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