Everything you need to know about a Guardian

Guardians at work

Is your Reference Profile a Guardian—or do you work with someone who is?

This course will cover everything you need to know about who a Guardian is, how they work on a team, and how they lead.

Start by checking out this intro video to understand Guardians at a high level.

Introducing the Guardian

  • Helpful
  • Steady
  • Diligent
  • Detail-oriented
Working styles
  • Prefer stable environments
  • Enjoys detailed work
  • Desires time to think through decisions
Caution areas
  • May avoid conflict
  • Can be sensitive to criticism
  • May struggle with ambiguity
  • Resistant to change without clarity

“One of the super powers of being a Guardian is the ability to bring stability and harmony to a team. People look to Guardians to listen carefully to what everyone has to say and think through the benefits and risks of every situation.”

— Sarah Mulvey

Understanding the Factors

Although this course won’t require that you understand the science behind what makes these profiles accurate, you should be familiar with the four factors that drive workplace behavior. Use the interactive below to get a definition of each factor and how variations in the factors will affect someone’s personality.

Common pattern of a Guardian

Understanding the factors will allow you to better understand the common drives we see in Guardians. The image to the right is the most common pattern for Guardians, but don’t be surprised if your pattern varies a little bit. That’s OK! Remember, every person is unique.

Now that we have a better understanding about who you are as a Guardian, the next section will cover where you fit within a team.

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