Team Building

As a church consultant I interview ministry staff and program staff of churches. Successful leaders know how to develop effective team ministries. One helpful tool to use in team building is the Personality Profile “DiSC.”

The Personality Profile assists individuals to understand why and how they affect other people the way they do and why other people affect them the way they do.

The “DiSC” profile helps individuals to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. The profile helps individuals develop a positive attitude about self, which causes others to trust and to have confidence in them.

When you know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses you develop the ability to study situations and people and adapt appropriate behavioral strategies.

The “DiSC” stands for the following:

D – Dominance

I – Influence

S – Steadiness

C – Conscientiousness

The high “D” and high “C” person tend to be task oriented, and the high “I” and high “S” person tends to be people oriented.

The high “D” personality is usually outgoing and fast-paced. They like to be on the move. This person has the motto, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way!” Some of the descriptive words for a high “D” person is: dominant, driving, demanding, determined and decisive doer. About 10% of the U.S. population is a high “Ds”.

The Apostle Paul was a “D” time leader. Without the control of the Holy Spirit, he was out to destroy Christians and churches. Under the control of the Holy Spirit he was motivated to help people, start new churches and write mush of the New Testament.

The high “I” personality type is a people person. High “I” individuals are outgoing, people oriented, inspirational, influencing, inducing, impressive, interactive, interesting and interested. About 25-30% of the U.S. population is high “I” type personalities.

“Is” believe life is too short to be miserable, the entire world is a stage, and they are the main attraction.

The Apostle Peter is an example of a high “I”. He was impetuous and impulsive. Peter wrote only two short NT books.

High “Is” want recognition. They tend to talk a lot. They are very friendly. They know no strangers. High “Is” are compassionate, carefree, outgoing, enthusiastic, warm, and personable. They are the life of the party.

The high “S” personality person tends to be reserved and desire a great deal of security. They are submissive, stable, steady, sentimental, shy, status quo, specialist, servant and supportive. High “Ss” make excellent support staff personal in a local church.

The Apostle John is an example of a high “S”. He was quiet, unassuming apostle whom Jesus loved.

The basic need for “S” type personality is appreciation. They love routine because it makes them feel comfortable. In leadership they tend to lead as a coach, rather than a dictator. High “Ss” make up 30-35% of the U.S. population.

One of the high “Ss” weakness is they want to keep peace at any price and therefore are indecisive.

The high “C” personality is reserved and task-oriented. They are cautious, competent, calculating, concerned, careful, compliant, conscientious and contemplative.

High “Cs” love detail. They want quality answers. They are very analytical and sensitive. They tend to be perfectionists and have an eye for detail. High “Cs” make up 20-25% of the U.S. population.

Personality types hear words of appreciation in different ways. If you tell “D” types, “I appreciate you,” they might respond, “You ought to! As much as I do for you. There would be a lot of people who would be grateful to have someone around like me?” High “Is” may respond, “Well, what do I win?” High “Ss” may respond with a smile and “Thank you.” High “Cs” will wonder, “I am being manipulated? Are you trying to get something by me?”

Studies show that at least 80% of the population is dominant in at lest two areas and two areas they are less dominate.

Hippocrates and others give different descriptions to the four personality types:

“D” – Choleric or Lion

“I” – Sanguine or Otter

“S” – Phlegmatic or Golden Retriever

“C” – Melancholy or Beaver

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