A person who takes an opposing view, especially one who rejects the majority opinion, as in economic matters www.dictionary.com
A contrarian is defined as a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion. Despite most people conforming to social norms simply out of laziness to go against the grain if anything else, some people remain resistant, developing their own rules and philosophies. www.sovcal.com (Sovereign Health of California)
colourthinking contribution on the definition above: “out of laziness” we disagree.
Some few may hold back, but we suggest it to be more likely through disconnection; through not being listened to before’ or even being put down for their input! Group think and pre-emptive think helping to quash any input outside that which is seen as safe.
We believe contrarians are more likely to have firm self-esteem and therefore are confident to speak up and /or be in a very safe cultural organisational environment where contrary opinion is sought and rewarded through listening and debate.
Much the same barrier to the slightly more meek engaging in Intelligent disobedience in lieu of group think.
ESTJs have a tendency to think they are always right and that their moral compass is objective, absolute and universal.
Organization and efficiency. ESTJs are planners and list makers—orderly and scheduled. Their brain naturally imposes structure on their lives and on their time. ESTJs enjoy creating order out of chaos and are always punctual. This contributes to the perception others have of them as reliable, dependable and steady.
Dedication and commitment. No one could accuse the ESTJ of shirking, and it’s natural for this type to give 110 percent in all areas of life and exhibit boundless energy as they do. They’d sooner sacrifice their personal time or preferences than renege on a commitment or fail to submit their best work.
Employers can count on ESTJs to uphold the vision of the organization at all times, to work at full speed and to encourage others to do the same.
Integrity. ESTJ’s demonstrate consistent integrity in roles of leadership, believing the rules apply as much to them as their subordinates. And though they skilfully exercise authority, they also show great respect for their own superiors and don’t struggle to follow orders. They see that organizations and societies function best when there is a healthy sense of respect and duty.
Stewardship. ESTJs are the gatekeepers of society. They are people who feel personally responsible for upholding the standard and formulating a very clear picture of what passes and what doesn’t. As such, ESTJs can always be counted on to uphold the laws, rules, regulations and ordinances that keep society structured and functioning smoothly. On the home front, ESTJs are committed to their families and desire to provide well for anyone they consider to be under their care.
You will read more about Intelligent Disobedience under this same chapter heading, ARTICLES. Intelligent Disobedience and contrarian thinking / behaviour are somewhat similar in appearance and intent.
For businesses to realise their full potential, they need their people at their full potential. For this to occur, they need to establish robust organisational environments where Intelligent disobedience and contrarian can flourish.
It is very often difficult for the current leadership team to achieve this cultural shift without help – too often false starts at this have led to serious doubts about etc genuineness or ability to make the change.