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My Personal Leadership Vision and Role as a Provider

David Keirsey talks about in his book, Please Understand Me II, the role and purpose of a Guardian. According to Plato, Guardians were the ones to keep watch over the activities as well as the attitudes of the people in their circle. They held morally correct beliefs, as well as being alert to both the needs and the perils of others. Guardians are also able to store large amounts of information which they can later bring up in a conversation if needed. Facts such as birthdays, people’s names, parents and family members, deaths, social or civic events, etc. can be recalled which may lead to other topics of information as well. It is the storage, retrieval, and effortless association of such data that makes Guardians the most comfortable at conversation of all the types (David Keirsey,1998).

After taking the Keirsey Temperament Sorter self-assessment test and following the instructions as listed in the text, I had found out that the four letters that it came down to were ESFJ, which stood for extraversion, sensing, feeling, and judgment. This was the abbreviation which was used in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which identified me as a Provider Guardian. According to what was listed in the Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, it was these Guardians which took it upon themselves to arrange for the health and welfare of those in care. These Guardians are also the most sociable of all the Guardians. This is why they do well in institutions such as churches, schools, and other social places.

I feel like the characteristics identified in being a Provider have played a big role in my previous life experiences. I tend to be very sociable amongst my peers in school, as well as group of friends I have outside of school. I also try to keep in touch with the small community I have in church. If for any reason someone wanted to know what was going on within that certain community, or group of friends, etc. I...
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