Colorful Personality- RED "The Worker"

October 22, 2008

If you are red, you are usually an extrovert, hot tempered, quick, and strong-willed. Reds are often self-sufficient, which can be a positive and negative trait. The positive side is that reds are able to get a lot accomplished on their own. The negative side is that they feel they don’t need anybody, which can lead to a tendency of pride. They are decisive and opinionated. They thrive on activities. They do not need stimulation from the environment because reds are the simulators with plans, ideas, and ambitions. They work well under pressure and they do not worry about what others think. Reds have strong convictions and will take a stand on social injustice. They like to be challenged, have a keen mind, well organized, they recognize opportunities, motivated, extremely focused, capable of making sound instant decisions, and usually succeed where others fail. The reason they succeed when others fail is because they are not quitters; they outlast others. They are born leaders.

On the other end of the spectrum, reds are the least emotional developed temperament. They show little compassion and are usually embarrassed by the tears of others, and can be bossy. They are optimistic and rarely expect failure. Reds need to be careful of their home life because of their lack of emotional interest. Love is not high on their priority list. Also, due to their attitude of self-sufficiency, they are difficult to reach for Christ; since they find no need to ask for help.

Habits – They are speed demons, they try to get more accomplished in a given period of time. They hate yard work. If they do it, it will be done in a frenzy; neatness is not their thing. If you notice a yard that has all the hedges cut to the root, the yard belongs to a red. Their philosophy is, “If you have to do it, you might as well do it once a year!” Their menu seldom varies from day to day. Reds focus and gulp their food down. They are the first to finish eating. They hate detail, so they assign others to do the detailed work.

Work – Careers require leadership, motivation, and productivity. Committee meeting and long-range planning bores them. Reds are doers! They are developers by nature. They are entrepreneurs because they formulate and can venture out in new areas. They get bored with things quickly because they eventually have to deal with details. Because reds tend to be self-sufficient, they do not delegate. They like to see quick results. If they do not see the results, they become critical of others and tend to do the work themselves. If a red can learn to delegate, they can become even more successful because they can handle a lot of things at one time. This is a red’s philosophy on business, “I’d rather get a number of things 70 to 80 percent finished than a few things 100 percent completed.” A red’s primary weakness as a leader is that he is hard to please and tends to run over people. If the red could only see how much they are admired by others, they could get more productivity out of others by patting them on the back and encouraging them more often. Instead, they resort to criticism thinking this will stimulate and inspire more effort.

Reds do well in sales, teaching, sports, politics, and preachers. Over time, there have been many red leaders; some good and some bad. The factors that determine the good from the bad are morals, values, and motivations. They are not successful because they are smarter than others but because of their strong will, determination, and drive; others are prone to cave in.

Biblical reds – Paul was a red! He was a leader of the early church. He could press through more challenges and difficulties than most people. Before he was saved, he pushed others around, beat, and killed many people. Due to his self-sufficient temperament, he was powerful and prideful; he did not see the need for this Jesus. Yet while traveling on the road to Damascus, Paul had an encounter that changed his focus (Acts 9:1 – 22 King James Version). God used his temperament (strong will, determined, focused, leader, dogmatic, and long suffering) to accomplish God’s will and purpose for the church. Paul’s red temperament, refocused by the power of the Holy Spirit, made him a success in the creation of the early church.

This information has been taken from Patty Fant’s book WHO AM I?  For more information on the Color Signature Series, please contact Christian Management Consulting.  We provide the test you would take to discover your Color Signature as well as provide training for you and your organization on how to use this information effectively.  Please be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting for more information or to order the WHO AM I book by Patty Fant.



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About the Writer:


Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.



  1. Can you provide some information about where I can see a copy of Patty Fant’s Who Am I? book? Is this related to the DISC or the Meyers Briggs? Thanks!

  2. Yep, and a little bit of red too 🙂

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