There are five basic types of influencers. As we look at these roles, let’s remember that dynamics and environments continually change but the core gifts, abilities, and tendencies of people generally don’t. We can all agree that strength-based positions and appropriate responsibilities ultimately produce higher levels of effectiveness; so as individuals, it is imperative that we evaluate if a “natural fit” is being offered before accepting a role of leadership or participating within a team of collaborators. Below are basic descriptions of basic personality types we find weaved throughout history and may help in identifying the strengths of those willing to accept the challenge of influencing others within a group or team. The first letter of each personality type makes the acrostic P.R.I.N.T. Which one are you? (See quiz at the end)
The adventurer and initial team builder has been called by many names. The words entrepreneur, visionary, broker, missionary, innovator or CEO often catches the attention of others, but many times this leadership type finds it difficult to contributing in more established ways for extended periods of time. The person who is willing to “go” and recruit a skilled team to accomplish a goal must have an extraordinary amount of energy and resources. Because a pioneer generally doesn’t accomplish lasting results without a team, training and duplication of effort is the key to their success. A mature pioneer will find a healthy way to delegate appropriately and consistently.
Every business and organization needs evangelists sharing the “Good News” about products, services or may simply have important messages for others to consider. These conversation-focused people find a way to connect with an audience needing a nudge while introducing them to something they may want or need. This influencer magnetically draws others toward a decision by asking great questions that guide those who are truly engaged with the conversation or narrative. This personality-type may come across as pushy and should be careful to listen carefully while not getting frustrated with those who don’t make decisions quickly. The best chance for effectiveness as a teller is simply being consistent and skillful with the message to as many “open ears” as possible.
When identifying patterns and tendencies within people from various time periods and cultures, we find that similar concepts naturally emerge. Below is a survey of very basic questions to help understand your strengths according to the five major leadership roles (five-fold ministry) found in the ancient Biblical text written by one of the greatest “Pioneers” in history to a group of Christians located in western Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Learn more about these major official roles found in religious leadership by reading Ephesians chapter 4.