Compatibility Series: Musketeer, the Helpful 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 Musketeer athlete type, also known as the “Helpful 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.

  • The Musketeer may feel that the Rocket uses people, and rushes their decisions.
  • A Rocket will ignore the Musketeer’s signs of disapproval, and these factors will result in there being some moderate friction between the pair overall.
  • It will be important for the pair if the Rocket is aware of how the Musketeer feels about their actions by engaging in conversations and discussions with the Musketeer about what they are doing that the Musketeer disapproves on.
  • For the Musketeer, it would be best if they are less judgemental of the Rocket and also are less defensive around them.

  • There isn’t likely to be much conflict or friction between the Musketeer/Maverick pairing.
  • However, the Maverick may take advantage of the Musketeer, who likes to help others, especially teammates and friends.
    • The Musketeer may feel that the Maverick talks to much, but that won’t bother them too much.
  • The Maverick needs to ask the Musketeer for help and their opinion, especially if the Maverick is thinking about a change in direction. The Maverick needs to talk less and listen more when dealing with the Musketeer, and sometimes, in general.
  • For the Musketeer, it’ll be important to speak up and tell the Maverick what they are thinking, they also need to do things at the same pace as a Maverick, or risk getting left behind.

  • When you have an Ice and Musketeer pair, there will be moderately low level of conflict between the two.
  • The Ice will believe that the Musketeer is too forgiving of others when someone does something wrong to them.
  • Musketeers will see the Ice as too competitive and “hyper” about things. Musketeer will encourage the Ice to be more social which might help build Ice’s confidence.
  • In this pair, the Musketeer will help an Ice if they are going through a tough time.
  • It’s best for the pair if the Ice is more patient with the Musketeer, especially in terms of tending to their feelings, rather than being in a big hurry while focusing on their tasks.
    • The Musketeer can help Ice be less self-critical and encourage them to “stop and smell the roses”, instead of always pushing towards their goals.
  • Musketeer focuses on relationships and feelings whereas Ice tends to focus on the task at hand.

  • Much like the Trailblazer and the Eagle, the Trailblazer and Musketeer may run into problems because of the Musketeer’s focus on being pragmatic vs the Trailblazer being idealistic.
  • Musketeers will see Trailblazers as reckless, and out of touch.  The Musketeer might voice warnings and concerns. Often, the Trailblazer will laugh off the Musketeer’s reservations, but not always.
    • The good thing about the relationship between Trailblazers and Musketeers is that Trailblazers will heed the warnings of Musketeers, and Musketeers will find Trailblazer’s perspective refreshing.
    • Trailblazers should use a Musketeer as a sounding board, and a Musketeer should ask a Trailblazer for help when it’s time to come up with an idea.
  • Trailblazers and Musketeers will do a good job with team building and bringing others together, because they both enjoy having people open up and share their personal thoughts and feelings with them.

  • A Musketeer and Eagle will generally get along well, but the relationship could become unhealthy because the Musketeer will act as an enabler if the Eagle has a problem.
  • They have a good balance, because the Eagle dwells on the past, but the Musketeer will help them focus more on the present.
  • To the Musketeer, the Eagle will seem cold-hearted and selfish.
  • The Eagle may  secretly wish to be more like the Musketeer, but this doesn’t necessarily lead to them liking the Musketeer.
  • Just like other athlete types, it will help if the Musketeer is frank with the Eagle.  A Musketeer needs to resist the urge to help the Eagle who comes to them over and over again with the same problem.
  • The Eagle can help the Musketeer plan and organize their tasks, however; the Eagle should try  to be less rigid about things like a schedule when the two are working together on something.
  • If there is an Eagle on your team who is dwelling on a mistake they’ve made on the field in the past, having them talk with a Musketeer, who will help them shift their focus to the present and the future, can benefit both parties.    

  • When two Musketeers are working together there is low amounts of conflict and friction, and the two could become very close friends.
    • However, this could not be a great pairing if the situation requires decisions to be made before they take action.
  • The pair of Musketeers should both be on the lookout for when one of them is helping other so much that they aren’t looking out enough for themselves, since that is a tendency of doing so.
  • One of the two should be in charge of reminding the pair of deadlines and other downfalls if action and decision is delayed by the other in the pair.

  • 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 .  

  • Engineer and Musketeer pairings are suboptimal because neither one can make a decision, even though in most cases, the Musketeer will rise to be the alpha in this relationship.
  • Musketeers will try to help Engineers at first, but will eventually give up if there isn’t progress quickly.
  • There will be moderate conflict between the two, but it will vary. There will be times  when they are close, but times of conflict and dislike will over a long period of time. Over time, the tension will begin to build between the two.
  • The Musketeer should offer the Engineer encouragement and point out things that the Engineer can be positive about when they are upset.
    • Musketeer should be honest with the Engineer, but should try not to be blunt with them, the Engineer will respond better if the  message is delivered gently.
    • Not only that, but the Musketeer should help the Engineer make decisions, particularly when urgent action is needed.
      • The Engineer should ask for the Musketeer’s help when dealing with  difficult sorts of situations.
2018-09-13T15:36:11+00:00Compatibility, Series, Tips|