Undergraduates in the Park and Recreation program at Columbus State University conducted a temperament survey using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II to identify the temperaments/leadership styles of 50 randomly chosen Park and Recreation professionals within GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Park Association). The Keirsey divides individuals into four main temperaments: Guardian, Artisan, Idealist, and Rational. It is the duty of every leader to evaluate himself or herself in recognizing strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, and limitations. Of the 33 respondents, 73% tested as Guardians, 12% as Artisans, 6% as Idealists, and 3% as Rational. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are more specifically described as Guardian Supervisors. According to http://www.keirsey.com, Guardian Supervisors are squarely on the side of rules and procedures, and they can be quite serious about seeing to it that others toe the mark or else face the consequences. They do not hesitate to give their stamp of approval, nor do they withhold their directions or suggestions for improvement.

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Chris Bryant, Trannie Carter, Larry Coates, Robert Dwyer, Kelly Folden, Gary McCormick, and Trevor McCarthney are undergraduate students in the Department of Physical Education & Leisure Management (PELM) at Columbus State University. They undertook this research as a part of a class project under the supervision of PELM instruction, Michaell K. Taylor.

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