Personality Types


Personality Types

Here is a description of the four personality types based on Gary Sma1ley writings: 

• Lion- This personality likes to lead. The lion is good at making decisions and is very goal-oriented. They enjoy challenges, difficult assignments, and opportunity for advancement. Because lions are thinking of the goal, they can step on people to reach it. Lions can be very aggressive and competitive. Lions must learn not to be too bossy 
or to take charge in other’s affairs. 
Biblical Example: Paul 
Case Study: Acts 9:3-19 
Strength: Goal-oriented, strong, direct 
Weakness: Argumentative, too dictatorial 
Limitation: Doesn’t understand that directness can hurt others, hard time expressing grace 

• Otter- Otters are very social creatures. Otter personalities love people. They enjoy being popular and influencing and motivating others. Otters can sometimes be hurt when people do not like them. Otter personalities usually have lots of friends, but not deep relationships. They love to goof-off. (They are notorious for messy rooms.) 
Otters like to hurry and finish jobs. (Jobs are not often done well.) The otter personality is like Tigger in Winnie The Pooh
Biblical Example: Peter 
Case Study: John 21:1-22 
Strength: People person, open, positive 
Weakness: Talks too much, too permissive 
Limitation: Remembering past commitments, follow through with discipline 

• Golden Retriever- Good at making friends. Very loyal. Retriever personalities do not like big 
changes. They look for security. Can be very sensitive. Very caring. Has deep relationships, but usually 
only a couple of close friends. Wants to be loved by everyone. Looks for appreciation. Works best in 
a limited situation with a steady work pattern. 
Biblical Example: Abraham, Moses
Case Study: Genesis 12-22; Exodus 3-4 
Strength: Accommodating, calm, affirming 
Weakness: Indecisive, indifferent, unable to express emotional, too soft on other people 
Limitation: Seeing the need to be more assertive, holding others accountable 

• Beaver- Organized. Beavers think that there is a right way to do everything and they want to do it exactly that way. Beaver personalities are very creative. They desire to solve everything. Desire to take their time and do it right. Beavers do not like sudden changes. They need reassurance.
Biblical Example: Josiah, Timothy 
Case Study: 2 Kings 22-23
Strength: High standards, order, respect 
Weakness: Unrealistic expectations of self & others, too perfect. 
Limitation: Seeing the optimistic side of things, expressing flexibility

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