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Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs) at Work

Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs) at Work

By Donna Dunning

Act and Adapt

Responders are at their best when they can use their natural work preferences. By focusing on your preferences, you can find work that is personally satisfying. The following list describes typical characteristics and preferences of Responders. Identify the items that are true for you so you can seek work that suits who you are.

As a Responder, I am at my best when I can:

  • Be active
  • Have varied and changing work duties
  • Do hands-on work
  • Avoid structure, routine, and repetition
  • Demonstrate practical creativity or artistry
  • Respond immediately
  • Meet and interact with a variety of people
  • Work in a rapidly changing, dynamic environment
  • Solve immediate problems
  • Observe with my senses
  • Have fun and be playful
  • Tune in to facts and details
  • Be spontaneous
  • Have freedom and the independence to act
  • Interact with others
  • Negotiate, collaborate, compromise, persuade, or otherwise develop rapport
  • Stop to enjoy the moment
  • Troubleshoot, adapt, and improvise
  • Use a practical, realistic approach
  • Be personally and directly involved and active

To find out more about the Responder, go to the Responder main page.

To find a sample of type-preferred occupations go to the Responder occupations page.

Read Responder career success stories and strategies, or add your career success story.

Not sure of your type? Learn more on the What’s Your Type pages.

Information on this page has been excerpted from What’s Your Type of Career? 2nd edition

Logical Responders (ESTPs) tend to balance their acting and adapting with a focus on solving problems and using logical analysis. If this is your preference, see the ESTPs at Work post for more information.

Compassionate Responders (ESFPs) tend to balance their acting and adapting with a focus on helping people and considering personal values. If this is your preference, see the ESFPs at Work post for more information.

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One Response to “Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs) at Work”

  1. Shard Bearer says:

    Being active is a huge thing for me when I’m at work. If not I get pretty lethargic. It’s nice to have all kinds of activity in the background as well. If there’s an argument that I can’t tune out it’s a bit distracting but I can still live with it. It better to have noise than none. No noise is enough to drive me to needing a nap when ordinarily all I need is activity or stimuli of any kind to keep going. Enjoying the job is nice too, but I can get around that if the people there are easygoing and talkative and are accepting of my need for variety in my tasks and movement even if it’s just getting up and walking around once in a while because I get restless just sitting there for too long doing the same thing.

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