Seven Leadership Perspectives

Success Requires Viewing Problems from Seven Different Leadership Perspectives


A visionary is committed to growth, looks beyond immediate problems to root causes, and develops precise steps of action to achieve success.

 Character Qualities

Wisdom vs. Natural Inclinations
Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.

Discernment vs. Judgment
The ability to understand the deeper reason as to why things happen.

Faith vs. Presumption
Confidence that doing the right thing will bring the best outcome, even when I cannot see how.

Discretion vs. Simplemindedness
The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences.

Benevolence vs. Simplemindedness
Giving to othersí basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.

Creativity vs. Underachievement
Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective

Enthusiasm vs. Apathy
Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best 


A mediator is deeply loyal, compassionate, and analyzes the benefits and problems of giving direction.

 Character Qualities

Attentiveness vs. Unconcern
Showing the worth of a person or task by giving them undivided concentration

Sensitivity vs. Callousness
Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true attitudes and emotions of those around me.

Justice vs. Fairness
Personal responsibility to uphold that which is pure, right , and true

Compassion vs. Indifference
Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others

Gentleness vs. Harshness
Showing personal care and concern in meeting the needs of others

Deference vs. Rudeness
Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me.

Meekness vs. Anger
Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve. 


An organizer visualizes final results and directs resources for the successful completion of goals 

Character Qualities

Orderliness vs. Disorganization
Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve the greatest efficiency.

Initiative vs. Unresponsiveness
Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.

Responsibility vs. Unreliability
Knowing and doing that which is expected of me.

Humility vs. Pride
Recognizing that nothing I have achieved could have been done without the investments of others in my life.

Decisiveness vs. Double mindedness

The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.

Determination vs. Faintheartedness
Purposing to accomplish the goals I am given in the allotted time regardless of the opposition.

Loyalty vs. Faithfulness
Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.


A teacher imparts wisdom, maturity, and skill to others, validates direction and ensures completeness

Character Qualities

Self-Control  vs. Self-Indulgence
Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right in all areas of my life.

Reverence vs. Disrespect
Honoring those in positions of leadership because of higher authorities they represent

Diligence vs. Slothfulness
Investing all my energies to complete the tasks that are assigned to me.

Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness
Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.

Dependability vs. Inconsistency
Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.

Security vs. Anxiety
Structuring my life around what which cannot be destroyed or taken away.

Patience vs. Restlessness
Taking the time that is necessary to properly resolve a difficult situation.


A provider is resourceful, prudent, thrifty, and constantly ensuring the best use of all available resources.

Character Qualities

Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness
Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard.

Thriftiness vs. Extravagance
Not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary.

Contentment vs. Covetousness
Realizing that true happiness is not hindered by material conditions.

Punctuality vs. Tardiness
Being ready to begin each task at the appointed time.

Tolerance vs. Prejudice
Accepting others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degrees of maturity.

Cautiousness vs. Rashness
Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.

Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness
Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.


A server sees and meets othersí practical needs, freeing them to accomplish their goals, and invests time and energy in their success.

Character Qualities

Alertness vs. Unawareness
Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right responses

Hospitality vs. Loneliness
Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and fellowship with those around me.

Generosity vs. Stinginess
Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need.

Joyfulness vs. Self-Pity
Not allowing unpleasant conditions to control my attitudes.

Flexibility vs. Resistance
Not becoming attached to ideas or plans which could be changed by my authorities.

Availability vs. Self-Centeredness
Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving.

Endurance vs. Giving up
The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.


An idealist must have unimpeachable integrity, be open to correction, be willing to identify problems as they arise, and speak the truth boldly.

Character Qualities

Truthfulness vs. Deception
Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.

Obedience vs. Willfulness
Cheerfully carrying out the directions and the wishes of my authorities.

Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy
Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.

Virtue vs. Impurity
The moral excellence demonstrated in my life as I consistently do what is right.

Boldness vs. Fearfulness
Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.

Forgiveness vs. Rejection
Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and bearing no grudge against them

Persuasiveness vs. Contentiousness
Guiding vital truths around anotherís mental roadblocks.

1994 Character Training Institute