Think – bossy! As a kid administrators are always organizing the other children into teams, for work or for play. These are the people who wants to make up the rules and come up with the ideas. These are our administrators.
Definitely one of the speaking gifts as opposed to a serving gift, administrators are talkers. They have been endowed by God with the ability to see what needs to be done, figure out what supplies or other resources are necessary and lay out a plan to get it done. This is the gift that pulls all the others together and gets them organized.
Administrators make great leaders
Administrators are leaders, and good ones too, as long as they strive to develop some tact and sensitivity to guide and temper their drive to achieve. Administrators don’t understand hurt feelings, they are emotionally pretty stable and can’t figure out why yelling at someone for not following orders might hurt the other person’s feelings. It wouldn’t bother them too much to be yelled at, why should it bother anyone else? Not terribly sympathetic, they need work on compassion. They also need to be taught a bit of humility. Like perceivers, Administrators can get a bit caught up in their own intelligence, and decide that they can do pretty much anything they set their minds to. Because they can. More than most gifts, the Administrator has the most go-getter ambition of any of the gifts, plenty of perseverance and the natural intelligence to figure out whatever they need.
Administrator in Action
My son’s friend, Tyler is an Administrator with a very strong perceiver gifting. He doesn’t have a lot of strengths in the serving gifts though. He knows what needs to be done, he knows the right way to do it, but lacks the natural empathy and ‘warmth” of a people person, traits that seem to be stronger in the serving gifts. He’s a leader in his Boy Scout troop, he has a lot of really good ideas and knows how to organize the boys to carry out those ideas. Unfortunately he’s not very good at being one of the gang, so to speak, and the rest of the boys generally ignore him. Which is a shame because he is a great asset to the troop. If you have a child like that, you can’t just send him out to play and tell him to just be friendly. They really don’t know how that works, it doesn’t come naturally to them.
Administrators in childhood
Even very young children with strong administrator gifts often get along better with adult than with their peers. They are mature for their age, have good vocabularies and higher than average intelligence. The biggest challenge for Administrators is their lack of focus. They start with good intentions, but get pulled off track and will put things off, procrastinate, because something more interesting has caught their eye.
Doer of projects
Likes new challenges, hates boring routines
Strong willed, independent thinker