.Last time we looked at possible career paths for the ISTJ. Now we will examine the workplace habits that will come along with them.
When it comes to the workplace, Logisticians are almost a stereotype for the classic hard-working, dutiful employee. In all positions, the Logistician personality type seeks specific characteristics. Structure, clearly defined rules, and respect for authority and hierarchy are important. Responsibilities aren’t burdening to Logisticians. They are the trust that has been placed in them. It is an opportunity to prove once again that they are the right person for the job.
On the other hand, Logisticians struggle with change. Assuming those new responsibilities, or losing old ones, is often challenging. This presents itself differently in different positions of authority. It is one of the Logisticians’ most significant challenges to overcome. The usual insensitivity common to all Thinking (T) types is also a running theme here. That is something many people with the Logistician personality type choose to focus on in their personal and professional development.
Logisticians crave responsibility. This makes them the go-to subordinates for odds and ends and unpopular projects. They are often seen as jacks of all trades. Logistician personalities can competently tackle any project that comes with a manual. On the other hand, this makes them reluctant to give up responsibilities. They may be overburdened, or there are better people for the job, but they want to hang on. The seriousness in Logisticians’ approach to their work makes them surprisingly sensitive to criticism. This can lead to a sometimes vexing level of inflexibility.
Their stubbornness aside, or perhaps because of it, Logisticians are quite possibly one of the most productive subordinates. They respect authority and hierarchy and have no problem following orders and instructions. Punctuality is unlikely to ever be an issue. Whether it’s showing up to work on time or meeting project deadlines, they are dependable. Logisticians may need clearly set steps and well-defined responsibilities. Even so, they are exceptionally loyal, dedicated, meticulous and patient in completing their work.
Among colleagues, no one can be trusted more to ensure that projects are finished on time and by the book than Logisticians. Quiet and methodical, people with the Logistician personality type keep cool when the going gets tough, but expect their colleagues to share their approach. Significantly different types, especially more emotional ones, baffle Logisticians with their need for emotional support and openness, or capacity for dropping something, half-finished. To Logisticians, either something’s been done right or it’s been done wrong, and sugarcoating it or walking away isn’t going to fix it.
Logisticians value peace and security in the workplace, and the easiest way for this to happen is for them to simply work alone. Innovations, brainstorming, theories, and new ideas all disrupt this comfortable state, and it takes a great deal of respect on Logisticians’ part to acknowledge their validity. Once the details have been laid out and a plan of implementation established though, Logisticians are an indispensable part of the team in putting these ideas into practice.
Logisticians love responsibility and the power resulting from it. They will press themselves hard to meet their obligations. Logisticians regularly go above and beyond their duties. Consequently, they expect their subordinates to act with the same level of dedication. At the same time, Logisticians strongly prefer doing things by the book, adherence to hierarchy, and a general aversion to innovation. This makes their subordinates ride a very thin line. You must use facts and results when stepping “out of bounds.”
Some say it is better to do first and ask permission later. Does this apply to Logisticians? It’s difficult to say. Logisticians are very intolerant of their subordinates’ failures to meet their obligations. One of those obligations is to stick to the plan. As far as they see it, that is more important than sensitivity. Logistician personalities are capable of laying down hard criticism, and their willingness to make tough decisions can make perceived insubordination the final trespass.
We have one more post to go on this journey. We’ll offer a conclusion in the next post.