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  • Lions are born leaders
  • Lions like to accomplish things with immediate results
  • A Lion’s time frame is NOW
  • Lions are decisive, but may not consult others
  • Lions want the Reader’s Digest length communication (bottom line)
  • Lions often feel threatened by questions
  • Lions are not afraid of pressure or confrontation
  • Lions are bosses (or at least they think they are)
  • Lions love to solve problems
  • Lions want directives followed without questioning
  • Lions demand allegiance
  • Lions love to change things; while you’re away they’ll rearrange the room
  • ​Lions are doers

Relational Challenge for Lions:
Once Lions roar, others can become afraid or intimidated by them. People keep them at an emotional arm’s distance because they seem distant, angry, unapproachable or all three. The challenge for lions is to not compromise their hard-sided strengths while adopting some soft-sided traits.


  • Otters just want to have fun
  • Otters are great at motivating others to action
  • Otters tend to avoid confrontation at all costs
  • Otters focus on the future (“Trust me, it will work out!”)
  • Otters are tremendous networkers (but won’t know anyone’s last name)
  • Otters are susceptible to peer pressure
  • Otters are excitable
  • Otters are cheerleaders
  • Otters love to talk
  • Otters want to be involved in decisions
  • Otters are optimistic
  • Otters enjoy off-the-wall humor
  • Otters’ key phrase is “lighten up!”
  • Otters have a strong desire to be liked
  • Otters are soft and encouraging with people
  • ​Otters can have 25 best friends​

​​Relational Challenge for Otters:
Otters find it easy to be soft on people. It is also easy for them to be soft on problems. Otters need to learn to say “No” and provide the hard-side balance of healthy boundary setting.


  • Above all, Golden Retrievers are LOYAL!
  • Golden Retrievers have a strong need for close relationships
  • Golden Retrievers have a deep need to please others
  • Golden Retrievers have hearts full of compassion
  • Golden Retrievers often react strongly to sudden changes
  • Golden Retrievers define the word “adaptable”
  • Golden Retrievers hold stubbornly to what they feel is right
  • Golden Retrievers will have only a few close friends, but they will be deep friendships
  • Golden Retrievers can absorb incredible emotional pain and still remain committed
  • Golden Retrievers can be indecisive
  • Golden Retrievers are great listeners and encouragers
  • Golden Retrievers are great procrastinators
  • Golden Retrievers are empathizers
  • Golden Retrievers need to be prepared for change
  • Golden Retrievers are soft in attitude and action while possessing courage and strength
  • Golden Retrievers are quite relational

Relational Challenge for Goldens:
Goldens’ strong tendency toward the soft-side of love can lead to issues of co-dependence and enabling. Goldens need to learn to balance their natural soft-side with some hard-side qualities.


  • Beavers keep a close watch on their emotions
  • Beavers actually read the instruction manuals and then alphabetically file them
  • Beavers like to make careful and intentional decisions
  • Beavers like to use their critical thinking skills to solve problems
  • Beavers live by the motto, “Let’s do it right.”
  • Beavers often turn anger inward
  • Beavers tend to focus on the past
  • Beavers like maps, charts and organization
  • Beavers provide great quality control
  • Beavers have deep feelings for those they love
  • Beavers have high standards and like rules and consistency
  • Beavers will slow down under pressure
  • Beavers need a non-critical atmosphere to do their best work
  • Beavers need praise of their character as well as of their accomplishments
  • Beavers go “by the book”

Relational Challenge for Beavers:
Beavers make wonderful employees, friends and family members, but an out-of-balance Beaver tends to relate only on the hard-side of love and relationships, which puts them at risk for losing at love. Soft-sided traits need to be incorporated into their relationships.

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