4. Conscientious Personality Type
Finally, we come to the Conscientious leader. The Conscientious personality trait is often overlooked by pastors when searching for leaders. People who have high scores in the Conscientious category are reserved and, often quiet. They’re usually not assertive and are happy to be “behind the scenes.”
Conscientious leaders are natural readers and researchers, who value facts, rules, and correctness. Conscientious leaders and Steady leaders, both, value tradition, but Conscientious leaders view their tradition as the correct way of doing things.
Unfortunately, there is a misunderstanding that Conscientious leaders are unfriendly, rude, standoffish, and arrogant. This simply isn’t the truth and, it’s imperative for pastors to continually set the record straight with those who bring criticism or complaint about the Conscientious leader.
Even though pastors may initially consider this personality type to lack strong leadership qualities, they often find their dependability and preparedness refreshing. A pastor merely has to provide their Conscientious leader with an opportunity to teach on a subject and they will find that, though the delivery may come across as dry and monotonous, the Conscientious leader will have the knowledge and research to confidently speak as a subject-matter expert.
The other side of this personality coin, however, reveals that Conscientious leaders will not readily accept the opinions of others, especially if it’s believed that the opinionated person hasn’t invested the same or greater amount of time in researching and learning. Conscientious leaders expect that those they lead will accept what is taught as fact, beyond question.
While the Conscientious leader isn’t lacking in friendships, a pastor will find that they will not develop relationships easily, as this personality trait usually has 3 to 4 close, long-term friendships that bring the leader satisfaction.
Finally, Conscientious leaders are typically risk-averse and will struggle to “step out in faith.”
Pastors should counsel their Conscientious leaders to be excited when people ask them questions or share their opinions, as this points to how well the leader is leading.
Pastors will need to remind their Conscientious leader, often, that the truth should be spoken in love. Guide the leader to make personal connections with others, as these connections are what give life to the Body of Christ.
Finally, remind your Conscientious leader to walk by faith and not by sight.
Scriptures for Conscientious leaders: Proverbs 3:5-6, Ephesians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 12:3
Fruit of the Spirit focus: Faith, Joy
All Types Strengthen the Team as Iron Sharpens Iron
While there are many parallels between pastoring a leadership team and shepherding a flock of sheep, there are similarities to managing a championship-level sports team, too.
As a coach of a sports team, you want each of your players to possess strong fundamental skills, yes—but championship trophies are won because each player brings a unique strength in their position. Pastors should strive to utilize each leader according to their God-given strengths while sharpening and improving the fundamental pastoring and teaching skills.
The perfect leadership team will include all four of the DiSC personalities and a strong pastor will cultivate an environment of mutual learning and respect.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
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