Compatibility Series: Knight, the Protective Athlete Type

The relationship between players on a team can go a long way in determining success. Mutual understanding leads to more effective communication and a greater feeling of trust amongst teammates, allowing them to play with more confidence in each other, and therefore enabling them to focus on their own responsibilities during game action.

In order to build this understanding, it is important for athletes to understand that their teammates may think differently than they do. Not everyone has the same mentality, drive, focus, or mindset.

While treating others the way you would like to be treated is seen as the “Golden Rule”, in actuality, the best way to handle things is treating others in the way they would like to be treated, because there isn’t any guarantee that the way you would like people to treat you is the same way others would like to be treated themselves.

This is because nearly all of us are different. Understanding these differences and finding out ways in which to handle and manage them are the key to improved team-building. With the eight athlete types, there is an established baseline of understanding.

In this series of articles, we will look at the compatibility of each athlete type, and how they can work to better their relationships, despite some extreme differences in mindset and mental make-up.

Please note that this series is written for peer-to-peer relationships, meaning it is meant for relationships of people of equal status. This means that parent-child and coach-athlete relationships will not necessarily fit these descriptions. 

For this article, we will focus on the Knight athlete type, also known as the “Protective athlete type” and how compatible they are with the other seven types, and what they can focus on to improve some of their weaker connections.

  • In this duo, the Knight will defer to the Rocket, which is something beneficial for both in the pair.
  • The Knight may feel that the Rocket needs to be more serious about things, but overall there isn’t much strain in a Knight/Rocket relationship.
  • Knights can bounce their ideas off a Rocket, which often helps the Knight lighten up a bit.
  • The Rocket should communicate the seriousness of situation to Knight, whether the situation gravely serious or lighthearted.  This helps Knight gain perspective because Knight typically thinks Rocket takes most things lightly.

  • On average, there is moderate levels of conflict between the pair but this can vary a great deal between different pairs of Mavericks-Knights.   
  • Knights and Mavericks are opposites, but their traits compliment each other well.
    • The Maverick is talkative, and the Knight is a great listener.
    • Knights don’t have a need for a lot of social interaction, but the Mavericks do.
      • Some of these pairs will make great friends.
  • Mavericks can use the Knight as a sounding board when facing tough decisions, using the Knight’s opinion as a guiding principle, but the Knight should do the same.
  • In the Knight’s case, this will help them become more flexible, instead of adhering to the principle no matter what the circumstance.

  • Ice/Knight duos won’t have loads of conflict, but that doesn’t really mean that their relationship is healthy. Like the Engineer/Engineer combination– the Knight and Ice, when paired, will throw themselves a pity party.
    • Both in this duo will a poor job of rallying back from a mistake.
  • The Knight will be territorial and possessive. The Ice will feel the Knight is hiding something or holding something back from them, trying to not become closer friends.
  • It will be beneficial for both parties if the Ice tries to get the Knight to open to them and talk about things they want to get off their chest. The Knight should also encourage the Ice to see the silver lining when they are going through a difficult time.
    • After a tough loss, the Knight and Ice athletes together can help each other get through those deep emotions.

  • Trailblazers are much more social than Knights, and Knights will wish Trailblazers would respect limits and boundaries more, causing moderate friction between the pair.
    • To avoid serious conflicts, the Trailblazer should definitely try to respect the boundaries a Knight sets up.  
  • To a Trailblazer, the Knight will seem territorial and possessive.
  • Although it may not seem like it, Trailblazers should realize that Knights want to open up and share, even if they don’t show it. It can help if a Trailblazer opens up and shares first, not prodding them into sharing what they don’t want to.
  • If a Knight gets into a situation where they feel trapped or boxed in (no good options), the Knight should discuss the situation with the Trailblazer to gain insight into additional options and approaches.

  • Knights and Eagles will make a good pair, and see relatively low levels of conflict– they can peacefully coexist.
  • A Knight may see the Eagle as a bit insincere, and the Eagle could view the Knight as a bit of a slob or couch potato, but this is not highly likely.
  • For this relationship to function as well as possible, the Eagle needs to cut to the chase when speaking with the Knight. By the Eagle realizing that the Knight is similar to them (and vice versa), that they are both principle driven, can be a way for the 2 types to bond.
    • The biggest difference between the two is that the Knight’s principals are from within, where as the Eagle bases their principles  off of societal expectations. This means they both will need to respect each others views, be tolerant.
  • Having a Knight and Eagle on the same team talk about their values with each other can help them bond, while also allowing them to better understand how their teammate is wired.
  • The Knight needs to try harder to be tidy, organized and considerate of details when living or working with the Eagle.

  • When these two get together, there will be moderate friction most of the time.
  • The Musketeer will let the Knight make most of the decisions, and the Knight will often want to play things by the rules.
    • Because of this, there are times when the Musketeer wishes the Knight would make some exceptions in this regard.
  • To the Knight, the Musketeer is too social, and to the Musketeer,  they think that Knight is unfriendly to most people.
  • It is likely that the pair will have a small number of mutual friends, if any at all. This means they will go their separate ways whenever possible.
  • Musketeers should choose words more carefully when speaking to the Knight, because the Knight will read too much into the Musketeer’s remarks.
    • Not only that, the Musketeer should be more assertive and vocal when a decision needs to be made by the pair.
    • The  Musketeer should also make an honest attempt to invite the Knight and bring them out to more social events.
  • For their part, Knight should make some exceptions when the Musketeer asks to do things differently from the way they normally do things– based on protocol and guidelines.
    • Knights need to send clear signals to Musketeer when the Knight would like  to be included in the Knight’s social activities, or when the Knight wants the Musketeer to open up and share personal information .  

  • A pair of Knights is a very compatible duo, and they won’t come into conflict very often.
  • They will both be very private, and any irritation with the other will come from petty things.
  • To help the relationship,   each should speak up quicker when there are things that are bothering them.
  • They should also both strive to improve communication between each other by engaging each other and asking questions if they aren’t sure of what the other said.
    • When working together on something, they need to both be clear about each of their distinct responsibilities. This should include basics like when, where, who, etc. for each task.  This is because each Knight thinks the other Knight will take care of it, called diffusion of responsibility.

  • When there is an Engineer and Knight, the Knight will arise as the alpha in the duo.
  • Knights will feel that the Engineer is slightly lazy or too laid back about things.
  • The Engineer feels that the Knight doesn’t care about their struggles.
    • The Engineer will also feel like the Knight always gives the same old  answer to how they should handle their problems.
    • This will be the cause of some moderate friction between Knights and Engineers.
  • Even if the Knight thinks that it is obvious what the Engineer needs to do, the Knight should throw out some options and then state which one they think the Engineer should try.   The Knight should take a problem solving approach to this, exploring options but also offering their opinion about which option is best. The Knight should not cram this opinion down the Engineer’s throat.
    • Engineers should ask for the Knight’s advice when making decisions and dealing with problems.  
2018-09-13T15:36:36+00:00Compatibility, Series, Tips|