PL stands for practical leader, and it refers to someone who enters a state of flow, motivation, and mindfulness when they are explaining rules, order, and structures to others.
The Practical Worldview
The Practical worldview causes us to become aware of systems, laws, and formal means of controlling the environment. Practical types understand actions and events by how they work and what their functions are. They seek to understand how to maintain objects, tools, and how to follow-through accurately on the tasks they have. Practical types are task-driven, and tend to pursue money, status, or some kind of profession or line of work.
Practical types are drawn to the familiar and to the known, and prefer to utilize old knowledge accurately in the present situation, than to experiment with new methods. They seek to build a place in society, a house, a family, and security to make them feel safe. Practical types understand how power affects people and how formal rules and constraints control our behavior and carefully study the power and rules that guide their environment. They help or find ways to make sure people live up to rules or laws.
Practical types are traditional and nostalgic and move with a sense of rhythm. They coach and instruct people on how to complete various tasks and how to use various tools. Practical types are instinctually driven to repeat, restore, and maintain stability, and become angry when stability is threathened somehow. Practical types are emotionally driven to improve, to work hard, and to be powerful, causing them to sometimes become anxious if they fail at these tasks.
The Leader Temperament
Introverted and determined
Leaders are careful and cautious. They can consciously focus their attention for long durations of time. They can ignore things that bother them, and focus on things that they consider important or related to their goals. Leaders are sensitive to unexpected changes, so they prepare for what is to come. Leaders are goal-oriented, and work at their best when they feel certain of what to do and how to move forward. Uncertainity inhibits their motivation and energy but allows them clarity and enhanced focus, making them analytical and strategical in a specific field. Leaders can be incredibly productive but lack consistency and make errors more easily than other types. Leaders are driven to become more aware and to learn more as well as to control their response to what they learn. They take their time to make decisions and need to step back to think when trying to understand new information.
They excel at reflecting back on a situation to find relevant information for present problems. They offer a guidance to others and are driven to assume responsibility for the group and the people around them, but find it tiresome to intervene directly in other's lives. They tend to need time to process their thoughts, but are good at explaining their thoughts accurately to others.
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Practical Leaders & Their behavioral variations
You show practical leadership when you 1. Guide people on what their tasks or chores are 2. Rehearse the instructions before you take on a task, and 3. Evaluate people’s decisions and behavior based on if they lived up to the rules and requirements you follow, and you do so with a fairly high focus as well as motivation and energy.
You rely on the social teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how other people could behave in the future. 2. Come up with strategies for how to handle possible social risks. or 3. Question social traditions and values that others take for granted, and you do so with a tremendously high concentration, but an overall low motivation and energy.
You show intellectual fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce methods or improvements even when they are questioned by others. 2. Create projects or groups for the ideas or tools you are interested in, or 3. Actively stand up for new methods or projects when other people question them, and you engage in this state with a high enthusiasm, but a weak concentration.
You show explorative empathy when you 1. Find new meaningful changes 2. React with your gut to things that seem meaningful or profound, and 3. Use your instincts to know why another person feels a certain way, and you engage in this state with a low enthusiasm and a scattered focus.
Practical types have the highest need for security and order. It's important they express their need for routines, stability, and labour, in order to maintain their health and motivation.
As a Leader, it’s important for your emotional health & your focus to:
- Try to make up your mind or to set some goal, even when uncertain.
- Try to set stepping stones towards your goal to measure your progress.
- Try to analyze and note your current success rate and your current status.
When Leaders engage in mindsets similar to those of the Teachers, they gain a heightened focus but a lack of motivation. When Leaders instead engage in the mindset of the Fighters, they gain a heightened motivation, but a lack of focus. If Leaders are forced to rely on the mindset of the Explorers, they lose both motivation and focus.
In relationships, healthy practical types value routine, power, and respect. They have other people’s backs, supporting and letting other people know they can be trusted. They go by a code, making them be seen as reliable and respectable. They seek to build their character and to honour their commitments, and they want others to show them they are respected. Unhealthy practical types can become disrespectful in relationships, beating down on others and making others feel weak. It’s important that they deal with their anger and their feeling that they aren’t given enough for the things they contribute to the world. Make sure you get your physical needs, as well as your physical needs, exercise, and economic security, in order to maintain healthy relationships with others!
Leaders give us a sense of direction. They help us find a resolve and a goal. They make good mentors, helping us understand past events and decisions. We often consult them to understand problems we are facing. They help us make reality of plans and fantasies, pushing us in a direction. But leaders sometimes forget others have a free will, trying too hard to control others decisions and behavior. It's important for Leaders to maintain their need for direction, goals, as well as their need for understanding themselves and the choices they have made so far, in order to maintain healthy relationships with others.
Practical leaders are ideally paired with people who share a similar worldview (The practical worldview) as they share a similar interest for structure, order and rules. Leaders also commonly form long-term relationships with Explorers, but teaming up with other temperaments also has it's advantages.