16 Personalities and the Annual Staff Retreat

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Ben recently asked our whole team to take the personality profile test from a well-known website. www.16personalities.com This test is nice because it is available in Czech, Russian, Ukrainian and English, all native languages spoken on our team of 21. It doesn’t take very long to answer, yet the pages and pages of personality profiling are very accurate and helpful. (Now we at least understand Edik’s behavior better!!!)


This exercise was for Ben’s preparation of a presentation of our one and five-year vision for our organization in Ukraine, as well as for each individual ministry. This all took place at our team’s annual staff retreat, which we are trying to create a rhythm for every February. We go to this spa in Truskavets, 1.5 hours away, and get a lot of work and play done in a quick 48-hour get-away. Our team is so fun. You can’t help but notice that as we present.

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There were 11 of us there. We each got to read a section of the personality type explanation that described us best. It was what we wanted our co-laborers to understand most about us. God was very kind to me in the week leading up to this retreat because I was having some internal conflict and finding myself quick to anger in certain situations, particularly in the morning and before bed with my kids, and when teammates or more distant co-workers seemingly blow off my emails, questions or requests.

Finally when it came down to it: I feel most disrespected when people do not take my requests seriously or do not do what I asked. I am not asking to create more work for them; I fully respect their time. But I am asking because it is actually important.

Reading about my personality profile in depth was a gift from God that day. I was so grateful for this AHA moment. It helps keep me be a better Christian and leader when I understand myself better. If you are interested in reading more, go to the 16 Personalities website Profiles. I am an Executive (ESTJ). Ben is an Architect (INTJ). Most of our team are Entertainers (thank you, stereotypical youth pastor profile.) Yes, it is a version of Meyers-Briggs, but the way they present it is unique. It was a blessing for our team.

Here was my profile: Executive personalities lead by example, demonstrating dedication and purposeful honesty, and an utter rejection of laziness and cheating, especially in work. If anyone declares hard, manual work to be an excellent way to build character, it is Executives.

Executives are more than willing to dive into the most challenging projects, improving action plans and sorting details along the way, making even the most complicated tasks seem easy and approachable. However, Executives expect their reliability and work ethic to be reciprocated – people with this personality type meet their promises, and if partners or subordinates jeopardize them through incompetence or laziness, or worse still, dishonesty, they do not hesitate to show their wrath. This can earn them a reputation for inflexibility, but it is not because Executives are arbitrarily stubborn, but because they truly believe that these values are what make society work.

Weaknesses: Judging. Difficult to relax because action oriented. Do not feel the emotions of others.

Strengths: Dedicated. Strong willed. Direct. Honest. Like tasks. Enjoy order. Excellent organizers. Loyal and reliable.

16personalities . com ~ enjoy!


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