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Hillcrest Church Office
February 12, 2004
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Understand Why Others Misunderstand You
by Tom Goodman
SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re in Sunday School leadership, don’t miss the invitation at the end of this newsletter. We need you at a special “all hands on deck” meeting next week!
Good leaders adjust their leadership style to the people they lead. Consider the people you lead: They aren’t all motivated the way you
There are four basic personality types. Most of us have combinations of the following, but each of us has one type that dominates. As you read the descriptions of these personality types, try to identify yourself and those you lead:
The Powerful Personality. Some books also call this type the “choleric,” “the lion,” or the “D” (for “Dominance”). This person enjoys challenges, doesn’t like tight structure, and expects visible results. The Apostle Paul was a “Powerful.” This type judges your leadership with the question, “Are we getting anything done?”
The Popular Personality. Some books also call this type the “sanguine,” “the otter,” or the “I” (for “Influence”). This person enjoys others, is very expressive, and doesn’t like jobs that require him or her to be alone for lengths of time. Simon Peter was a “Popular.” This type judges your leadership with the question, “Are we enjoying each other?”
The Peaceful Personality. Some books also call this type the “phlegmatic,” “the golden retriever,” or the “S” (for “Steadiness”). This person enjoys peace, often provides a calming influence to a group, and doesn’t like sudden change. The Apostle John was probably a “Peaceful.” This type judges your leadership with the question, “Are we rocking the boat and, if so, do we really need to?”
The Perfect Personality. Some books also call this type the “melancholy,” “the beaver,” or the “C” (for “Competence”). This person enjoys quality, is often an idealist, and can be a perfectionist. Jeremiah of the Old Testament was probably a “perfect.” This type judges your leadership with the question, “Are we doing it right?”
The Powerful, the Popular, the Peaceful, the Perfect—these labels don’t tell us what the people are but rather identify what is of utmost importance to these personality types. If you’ll adjust your leadership style to the personality types of those you lead, you’ll become a more effective leader!
P.S. If you have a Sunday School leadership position, please make plans to come for a special meeting at 6:00 next Wednesday, February 18. As you read in yesterday’s “Winning Ways,” Charles Draper has announced his upcoming move to Houston. While we rejoice with him in his return to lead the education ministry of his “home church” of 20 years, we’ll sorely, sorely miss his capable shepherding of the Sunday School ministry here. I hope you’ll come this Sunday evening, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Charles share a little more about his decision. And Charles and I want to meet with you on Wednesday to plan for the future of Hillcrest’s great Bible study ministry.