Portrait of the
Guardian Provider ESFJ


Providers seek to conduct themselves with integrity in all of their interactions with others. For these individuals integrity is about being moral, dependable, beneficent and respectable. They have a strong set of values with clear "should" and "shouldn'ts" which they expect others to abide by. Being integrous means that they are consistently applying the same rules of consideration across all of their relationships. They are naturally conscientious and orderly—and make for extremely loyal team players.


Providers make it their aim in life to be a supplier of life necessities to those under their care.Their providing skills extend across the board from physical needs to social, emotional, and financial needs. These great nurturers appreciate being needed, and may spend much energy making sure that they deserve to be. They make outstanding hosts, able to remember people's names, even after a single introduction. Providers are always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to insure that all are involved and cared for.


Providers are the most outgoing and most sociable of all; always expressing themselves to others in a friendly winsome manner. They are natural social contributors happily giving their time and energy to make sure that social functions are a success. These expressive individuals are personable and talkative, and may become restless when isolated from human interaction. With their pleasant outgoing personalities, Providers strike up conversations about any concrete topic with just about anyone.


Providers are happiest when they express themselves in a personal manner as they give nurture. Their caring is most evident in the way they are continually checking up on others, to make sure that all is well. In serving others, they do so out of a genuine concern more than out of duty and responsibility. The recipients of this kind of care can sense a high degree of warmth and sincerity from them. Providers are fiercely devoted to their loved ones, and they are usually fond hearted and sentimental.


Providers prefer to take a step-by-step approach where tasks are completed precisely as a part of a process. They rely heavily on the past, going with the tried and true rather than inventing new ways of doing things. They also believe that the future is uncertain and can often have a pessimistic outlook. This perspective makes them carry out their duties with a great deal of caution. Providers seek for a structured environment where there is little fuss, and schedules are set and plans are correctly executed.


Providers yearn for belonging and therefore enjoy making others feel as though they are an important part of the group. They have an inclusive attitude and like to work together to get the job done. When they belong to a team they look for players who will add value. They seek out potential members who are diligent, responsible, and cooperative. They believe that collaborating is about everyone marching together flawlessly to achieve success.

A Collection of
Guardian Providers

  • Barbara Walters
  • Sam Walton
  • Mary Kay Ash
  • Ray Kroc
  • Betty Ford
  • Zhou Enlai
  • Pauline Esther Friedman
  • Col. Sanders
  • Esther Pauline Friedman
  • Gerald Ford