The Social Leaders
SL stands for social leader, and it refers to someone who enters a state of flow, motivation, and mindfulness when they can successfully guide people to behave as a moral or socially highstanding community.
The Social Worldview
The Social worldview causes us to become aware of meanings, motives and reasons for our history and our character. Social types understand social actions by their character, their environment or their history. Social types can use this social competence to build trust with the people in their community. Social types are experience driven, and tend to know how to behave in order to gain social rewards from their environment. Social types are drawn to the familiar and the known, and prefer to use old knowledge and old experiences to guide their behavior. Social types seek to build a place for themselves in the community, as well as to live up to social expectations. Social types tend to think experientially about the experiences they have, what it looked like, how it felt, categorizing and memorizing it. Because they are often unaware of rules, instructions and hierarchies, they tend to be less incentivized to follow laws and instructions. Social types tend to struggle with escaping old social patterns and feedback spirals. This is because they are instinctually driven to maintain, to restore, and to use old knowledge wisely, causing them to be somewhat nostalgic people. Social types are emotionally driven to connect, to impact the community, and to have good, pleasant experiences. They can also more negatively experience anger, when things don’t work as anticipated, or when people fail at something simple. Besides this, social types can struggle with shame and disgust, which negatively impacts their ability to connect and relate to the world.
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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Social Leaders & Their behavioral variations
You show social leadership when you 1. Guide people on how to behave 2. Think about how things could be made to be more beautiful and 3. Evaluate past decisions and experiences based on how they felt to you, and you engage in this state with a medium high attention span and a fairly high motivation and energy.
You rely on the practical teacher subtype when you 1. Predict how well someone will do at a task. 2. Come up with strategies for how to get people to work for the system, or 3. Question laws and rules that others take for granted, and you engage in this state with a tremendously high focus and attention, but low motivation and energy.
You show empathic fighting spirit when you 1. Enforce moral values and existential beliefs when people seem to waver. 2. Create or join causes or groups to express your existential goals, or 3. Actively support causes you care about when they are questioned by others, and you engage in this state with a tremendously high enthusiasm but a weak attention span.
You show explorative intelligence when you 1. Find new ways to improve your behavior 2. React with your gut to things that seem interesting or complex, and 3. Learn about different methods and tools, and how they can be used, and you engage in this state with low enthusiasm and a weak attention span.
Social types have the highest need for social order. It's important they express their need for symmetry, harmony, and a social identity 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 social types value beauty, connection and being part of a community. Social types engage in various rituals with others, working to connect with and learn about the people that are important to them. They often think about morals, how to behave towards others, and how not to behave, striving to be socially competent and an appreciated individual in the community. More negatively, unhealthy social types can suffer from shame, feeling like they are bad, or like there is something wrong with them, causing them to avoid relationships with others, and to go into hiding. Putting on a social façade, they can sometimes push others away, or be overly rude or hurtful to others, making others feel bad about themselves in order to avoid dealing with their shame. It’s important to be open to others, to be appreciative of others, and to show others you care about them, in order to fulfill your social needs!
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.
Social Leaders are ideally paired with people who share a similar worldview (The social worldview) as they share a similar interest for social norms, behavior, fashion and aesthetics. Leaders also commonly form long-term relationships with Explorers, but teaming up with other temperaments also have their advantages.