Friday, June 8, 2018

Hey Fletch … I filled out the XP indicator. When do I get the results?

DRF—I love eager beavers! You are avid and want to learn about your strengths. You are saying, “I’m ready, let’s go!”

The Indicator began as a work only for XPs. It grew into People Patterns that any person could use to better understand their gifts. This current version of the People Patterns has explanations of each area that are tailored to church leaders–SPs, XPs, pastors, business leaders and volunteer leaders. Over 4,500 people have taken the Indicator.

The Indicator measures five areas of your leadership: Mentor, Administrator, Catalyst, Relational and Overseer. For example, those with the Mentor Pattern are such people as U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who said: 

“I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.” 

That is the style of a mentoring leader. Compare that to Princess Diana who was a relational leader:

I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don’t go by the rulebook … I lead from the heart, not the head … Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back … I remember when I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people’s hands, people used to be shocked because they’d never seen this before … To me it was quite normal. Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.

Contrast Eisenhower and Princess Diana with the Overseer style of leadership of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Britain:

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best … There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top. A well ordered society would be one where the State only had a negative action, comparable to that of a rudder: a light pressure at the right moment to counteract the first suggestion of any loss of equilibrium.

The Indicator helps you see your leadership style. Whether we watch kids, work in an office or lead a church, we all lead with characteristic styles.

As to the specifics of your question, it says on the Indicator page: “Your results will be sent to you within two business days.” I haven’t seen your results yet, but you might be an Overseer!