TYPE SIX – THE LOYALIST

Committed, Practical and Loyal.

Sixes are hard-working and responsible. They are also worst-case-scenario thinkers who are motivated by fear and the need for security. They will keep your team, project, and community safe and have a unique skill to play the “devil’s advocate”. They can come up with a solution to just about any problem. Sixes love order, consistency, and the comfort that clear guidelines offer. Sixes can range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

In game type situations Sixes attempt to anticipate all the possibilities which include worst-case scenarios that occur in each shot attempted. They can sabotage positive results by giving a greater focus on their past failed performances.

Here are tips for success in coaching and developing a Six to their full potential:

If your Player is a Six: 

  • Be direct and clear in all communication.
  • Listen patiently when Sixes ask questions and address their concerns.
  • Don’t ignore Sixes when they point out the flaws in a plan. Every leader needs a devil’s advocate on his or her team.
  • Break down tasks into a step-by-step process so new skills appear to be more manageable.
  • Sixes have a strong loyalty and duty to a cause, to the underdog, and to a strong leader.
  • Manage their procrastination by setting timelines and action checkpoints.
  • Reassure them everything is okay between you if the team has a loss, as they can worry that the coach is personally holding them responsible.
  • Sixes can have a hard time making decisions quickly, encourage them to trust their first instinct.  
  • Try not to overreact to their overreacting.
  • Laugh and make jokes with them, this will help them lighten up.

If your Coach is a Six:

  • They are energetic and competitive. They work hard to achieve the goals they have set for their teams.
  • Coaches as a Six are loyal to the players they have chosen and will defend them to the end if needed.
  • Never betray their trust, always be honest and direct.

If you are a Six:

Remember there is as much good out there as there are dangers. Look for the good, because you will always find what you focus on.