The Stag – ESTJ

Forceful, yet disciplined; aggressive, yet deferential to established authority. Stags are so influential and vital to the establishment of our society that they are often looked upon as the quintessential Gatherer. More than any of their Gatherer siblings, Stags embody the idea of community, teamwork, and order. More supervising than the auditing Beavers, Stags are natural leaders who believe they have a responsibility to ensure that every individual is on the same page when it comes to reaching a common objective; one that will benefit society in a practical way.

The Authority Figure

Captain Miller

I don’t gripe to you, Reiben. I’m a Captain. We have a chain of command. Gripes go up, not down. Always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to my superior officer, and so on and so on and so on. I don’t gripe to you. I don’t gripe in front of you. You should know that, as a Ranger.

– Capt. James Miller, Saving Private Ryan

Much like Beavers, Stags prioritize dutiful obligations over family ties. It’s not that they don’t care about family… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The Compartmentalizer

Sandra Day O Connor

By enforcing the Clauses, we have kept religion a matter for the individual conscience, not for the prosecutor or bureaucrat. At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish… Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: ‘Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?’

– Sandra Day O’Connor

Order is paramount for Stag… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The Inflexible Bureaucrat


You’re going to keep your mouth shut until I come to you and ask you a question, then you’re going to speak; otherwise Byrd will take you outside until you understand the rules, ’cause here, I’m in charge.

– Judith Sheindlin

A Stag’s purpose in life is to determine the most practical method of reaching a certain echelon of success, and then to hold themselves, their family, and the other members of their organization accountable to this standard of achievement… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The Natural Born Leader

George Washington

There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.

– George Washington

As opposed to Elephants, the other herding, team-building type among the Gatherers, Stags are less about turning their organization into one big, happy family, and more about directing it towards attainable goals—think SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based), which Stags love to preach as gospel… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!