The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

Kara Powell | Aug 2, 2012

Most days I feel like I’d be lost without the amazing folks who surround me. I’m so grateful for the team of friends, colleagues, mentors, and students who sharpen me and make me who I am.

I think that’s why this Forbes blog on “The 6 People You Need in Your Corner” so resonated with me. The author describes 6 folks that can make you better:

  1. The Instigator: someone who pushes you and makes you think.
  2. The Cheerleader: the person who’s in your corner, believing in you.
  3. The Doubter: the “Devil’s Advocate” who asks tough questions.
  4. The Taskmaster: the person who demands you get work done.
  5. The Connector: the networker who helps you develop new relationships and partnerships.
  6. The Example: your mentor and hero.
There are some pretty cool Venn diagrams that accompany each of these profiles, so I encourage you to check out the blog itself.

As you read these descriptions, I’m guessing there are already folks that come to your mind that fit some of these categories. We can thank God for those people.

But in which of these categories was it toughest for you to think of someone? Why do you think that is? What difference would that person make in your life or ministry? What can you do to nurture relationships with one or more people who fit that profile?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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