ISTJ personality in Healthcare Leadership

ISTJ personality is an acronym for introversion, sensing, thinking, and judgment. People with this personality are known to be organizers, orderly in their workplaces, act procedurally in all their ventures, play attention to duty, and strictly adhere to rules and regulations. They also contribute actively to workplace discussions and do not like to be isolated. They want to be fully involved in the organization, and they are keen to know their positions in the workplace, they maintain societal direction and strive to always meet the needs at the workplace. This paper will discuss how my ISTJ character can improve or hinder effective leadership while working in a healthcare institution.

How an ISTJ Personality Promotes Leadership
Individuals with ISTJ personalities carry their experiences from previous workplaces and use them in their current occupations (Heyward, 2014). They use the skills they have to tackle new problems in their organization and make them effective leaders in the roes that they are given. I believe that being a person with an ISTJ personality helps me be an operative frontrunner since I can apply all my skills in my current workplace to meet the needs of the workplace. I will be able to identify situations that need expertise that I have gained in previous work environments and also help in nurturing and training people under my leadership scope. People with ISTJ can handle, define, organize, plan, and implement any tasks they are handed and see them through to completion (JCA Occupational Psychologists Limited, 2015). They usually do not allow themselves to be held back by any obstacles and push their teams to achieve the best results for the set objectives. As a nurse, I believe that this trait will be of great assistance as a leader because I can focus on projects and work my way around any barriers. I believe that I also can make proper action plans and organize responsibilities before I attempt to tackle a project. I will also ensure that all the missions are planned and defined so that all team members know their responsibilities and what they need to do to achieve their goals.


A person with ISTJ allows the team members to prosper by rewarding excellence and giving promotions after evaluating the performance of team members (Heyward, 2014). As a leader, I will utilize this trait to make sure that the team members get recognized for the good input they give to their jobs. I will also conduct constant performance evaluating exercises to ensure that the project goals are being achieved as planned. I will also give my team members opportunities to grow by according them responsibilities and guiding them towards career growth. I will use my leadership skills to ensure that all team members have fair chances for competing and for gaining rewards and promotions. As a leader, I am required to lead by example. Leaders are also bound by the rules and regulations at the workplace, and the only way to guide other members of the team to be obedient to the rules and regulations is by obeying them first (JCA Occupational Psychologists Limited, 2015). As a leader, my teams will be looking up to me for inspiration and guidance, hence the need for me to be obedient to the healthcare rules and regulations. The laws and regulations are important because they give a point of orientation in resolving conflicts. As an ISTJ, I value loyalty, and I am also aware that the only way to cultivate loyalty among team members is by treating them with respect. I hope to cultivate this team culture among my team members to ensure that we achieve the set goals for our department.  

How My ISTJ Personality can be an Obstacle to Leadership in Healthcare
One of the attributes of a person with an ISTJ personality is that they are very keen on following rules and regulations (Heyward, 2014). While this is a positive attribute, it can also be a disadvantage. Such people are not flexible and do not believe in being flexible to achieve the set goals. For instance, as a person with an ISTJ personality, I could have a difficult time accepting and implementing suggestions from my team members because I believe that the rules and regulations should be followed to the most minute details. People with ISTJ personality are also introverts and have a hard time opening up to people in their lives. We pent up our emotions and do not allow people to be part of our personal and sometimes professional lives. We also have a serious attitude towards life, which sometimes makes us unapproachable. A leader must have open communication with his subjects, and my non-approachable nature may prevent my team members from speaking to me about matters at the workplace.

As an individual with the ISTJ character, I'm not too fond of change unless I see the benefits of the change. However, sometimes, other people might see the need for change, but the rigidity of an ISTJ personality prevents the change from occurring. This is a character that could create discord between me and my subordinates or my superiors. The nursing profession is a very dynamic field, and resistance to change could affect my leadership abilities. Failure to accept change could be demotivation to my team members because I cannot lead them through change processes.

The Four Aspects of An ISTJ Personality
An introvert is a person who does not like to share their personal space and time with anybody. They thrive in their solitude (Heyward, 2014). They get their motivation to their jobs from inner reflections and deep contemplation. As an introvert, I rarely interact with other people because I get distracted by the presence of many people in my space. I like being in my space so that I can structure my plans and stay focused on the end goal.

People with ISTJ personality rely heavily on their senses and intuition before they engage in any activity (Heyward, 2014). We learn most through listening and visual interactions with our subjects, and we rely on experience rather than theory. I like working with experienced and organized structures. I do not work with issues that are not supported by real facts, and I like having clear outlines for the work that I need to do. I also prefer to follow guidelines to the letter as I work, and I Exocet the same from my team members.


I like to make my decisions after evaluating the logic behind a proposal and analyzing it with reason. As a result, my decision-making process takes longer because I am keen to details. This is an advantage as a leader because I employ critical thinking and analysis in my work hence reducing the margin of error at work.

I also rely heavily on my sense of judgment because I am set on meeting deadlines with excellent results. I like to have a well laid out plan on how to deal with business, and I handle one task at a time. I am also rigid to change; hence once I make a decision, it becomes hard for me to reverse it. I also take time adjusting to changes or accepting that things need to change.

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