Quote: “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
- S. Internal purpose, steadfast through endless adversity, strengthens/heals others,
- W. Disregards environmental constraints in problem solving, difficult to identify class in organization, will be out-performed by specialty classes.
- O. inconsistent performance or personalities, people/organizations lacking direction
- T. conflicting belief/performance beliefs,
Clerics have a deep sense of purpose in their lives. They know that the universe is far bigger than themselves, and they know they have a specific role to play. Clerics know they have a very special skillset, and will look for places where they will be of most use and strengthen others.
Clerics seek truth through observing the simple things in life and meditating upon them. Lifes trials are just a way to apply their devotion. Clerics know that going through valleys give way to greater peaks of truth. This belief gives them an outstanding ability to endure trials, opposition, and disappointments in their journey. They are long suffering, resolute, and determined. Clerics serve their cause and follow a clear path to see it done.
Clerics value others and will seek to help them grow, both in the organization and in their personal lives. Clerics have insight that will cut to the heart of a matter in any dilemma and will use this ability to assist others. They will be able to speak the truth plainly and can phrase it in such a way as to be accepted by others. When pressed however, clerics are uncompromising in their ideals and convictions and are not afraid to confront others with their convictions.
Despite having an even temperament about life’s trials, very few clerics hide away from the world in cloistered monasteries. Clerics see it as their responsibility to strengthen those around them in the real world and to give them the fortitude to carry on. Clerics can heal broken bones, remove illness, and even bring people back to life. These skills have to be used in the real world to be most effective.
This sense of responsibility also causes clerics to be fierce combatants. They will defend the weak and protect the ideals of the company. They will go to great lengths and personal sacrifice to ensure that their troupe is safe and growing.
Clerics have a certain distance from the effects of the world. They don’t withdraw from adversity, but they are insulated from it. They believe in their purpose and are comfortable with the process of seeing it come to fruition. This means that the cleric tends to be calm in adversity and focused amidst “the noise and haste” of the world. They will continue to produce consistently in a variety of environments, and others often find the cleric in the eye of the storm, content and productive.
2. Words of Creation
Clerics have within them the ability to affect great change and restoration in an organization. They heal the hurts and feelings of oppression others feel in their journey. Clerics give others greater perspective about the situation and help them see their role in context of something bigger. This clarity helps others get back to work and see meaning in their job. This miraculous cleric ability helps remove any number of maladies or infirmities that may afflict the team.
Another factor that plays into the cleric’s effectiveness is her self-sacrifice. Clerics seem to draw upon an almost endless reservoir of resolve and power. Their dedication to an ideal will allow them to press on, even at great personal expense. In fact, clerics are further empowered by this sacrifice. It acts to reinforce their commitment to their ideal and will galvanize team members to work even harder. This makes clerics extremely tough to “keep down;” the more pressure and oppression a cleric faces, the stronger they seem to become.
4. Divine Intervention
The cleric will always seem to be on a guided path as she performs her duties. Circumstances will tend to favor the cleric and tough situations will tend to work themselves out. Even in the face of catastrophe, the cleric is able to keep her resolve. She knows that she is exactly where she needs to be and that everything will be okay.
People are naturally drawn to the cleric, whose understated magnetism brings others together and helps them get along in a collaborative whole. Thanks to her quiet charisma, people often turn to the cleric for encouragement in their difficulties, and clerics create a community of people to share each other’s burdens and unite behind a common goal. This sense of common purpose helps the team be more confident and productive.
Clerics make strong individual contributors in any organization. The cleric is not likely to be your best performer or fastest problem solver, but she will persevere when most other classes would give up. Once she understands what is expected of her and how to do the job, the cleric will tirelessly apply herself to excellence in the role. But clerics show their true value in times of extreme pressure and adversity, as they handle the pressure well and are often the calm voice of reason in a maelstrom.
Clerics will be the backbone of long standing companies. They perform consistently and tend to set the median performance level for the group. Other classes may outperform the cleric for a time, but most will burn out or become restless past a certain point; the cleric is far less fickle and needs very little hand-holding.
Since clerics take the broad view on a problem, they can calm down others who are stuck with a narrower view. Clerics enjoy being able to steady their team; they increase everyone’s productivity and job satisfaction. They will take others aside to encourage them or to show them how to do a better work. It is important to let the cleric have these times for council. Some managers may take offence to the notion of having a conversation that doesn’t seem directly related to work; however, these “clerical” conversations are important to the success of the company and appropriate.
The only thing to be wary of in dealing with clerics is their devotion to following the rules explicitly. Make sure you don’t write down any rules to processes you don’t want followed closely, as clerics will follow it to the letter. Clearly defined objectives are important to the cleric; they don’t take change lightly or quickly.
Clerics make competent managers. They focus on the team and are excellent at getting the best out of their people. However, unless the cleric’s mission is on how to drive profits (which is rare), she may be more interested in developing the team than accomplishing the task. Further, a cleric’s insight and strength is drawn from within. This means that she will often not be aware of environmental issues at play when considering a problem. This can lead to uninformed decisions and poor production. It is important to make sure that clerics in management positions are given all the context needed to make informed decisions.
1. Illuminated Vellum
Clerics are passionate and steadfast in their work and can perform extremely repetitious, tedious, or strenuous work for long periods of time. Furthermore, they have intrinsic reasons to produce high quality and accurate work. They view their work as an act of service which serves to better the whole organization. Clerics take great pride in this and will take great pains to see the job done perfectly.
2. …A Lamp Unto Thy Feet
Clerics will find the solution or solve the problem when others are likely to get stumped. They are able to cut to the heart of the matter and find a way to be successful. These solutions may not be the most creative or farsighted, but they will be pragmatic and effective. When other means for solutions fail, look to the cleric. They won’t let you down.
3. Finish the Race
Clerics are solid work-horses and will serve as the backbone of any organization. They are not likely to overshadow the more specialized contributors in either creativity or quantity, but they will be able to produce consistently for as long as it takes. Their work can be trusted to abide by the code and be rock solid against errors.
4. Many Missions
Clerics are well-suited to both conceptual (introverted) or environmental (extroverted) individual contribution roles. In this way, they are extremely versatile in an organization. They can handle detailed and isolated environments and be trusted to produce quality work, while at the same time they can interact with customers and see solid results. Clerics empathize easily with customers and make them feel comfortable and understood. Customers know that the cleric is on their side and are likely to trust them in business interactions.
5. Sacred Magisterium
The cleric’s contribution and integrity does come at a price. The cleric is devoted to their ideals, processes, and procedures. They see these rules as a way to keep the order and see that the best work gets done. As a result, clerics can become extremely rigid if they feel their ideology has been violated or if others aren’t being held to the same rigorous standard. They will speak out against this inconsistency and will not back down until they see it fixed.
Working in Groups
1. Gilead’s Balm
Clerics are able to encourage others and give excellent advice. They know how to deliver truth in a way other people can accept and help them better their situation. This advice could be in areas outside of the context of work, but it will ultimately speak to what others need at the time, which will strengthen and ultimately help the team be happier and more productive.
2. Aura of Calm
Clerics have an air of calm and purpose around them that enables them to fill the role of group peacemaker. They ease tension in collaborations, negotiations, and team events. The cleric considers all viewpoints and acts as the voice of reason amidst discention. Her presence allows others to focus on the issue at hand and avoid inflammatory interaction.
3. Impassioned Pulpit
When speaking on a subject she believes in, the cleric is persuasive and poignant. She will help others overcome their apprehension on starting something new or challenging, and she motivates others to pull together and buckle down to get through difficult situations. Though her presentations are not likely to be as dynamic as the more charismatic classes, the cleric combines effective speaking with consistent action. It their actions reinforce their message which inspires others to act.
4. Rebuke Evil
Clerics passionately defend their company against outside influence, distraction, and error. They have meditated on what is right for the company, and will proactively protect their teams from the distractions from others, unreasonable management, and quarrelsome customers. The cleric will ensure that her team stays on the straight and narrow path to success; clerics can be trusted to be good stewards for both staff and company resources.
5. Sheep from the Goats
Those within the cleric’s vision, purpose, or ethos will find her an amazing asset in every aspect of the business. However, those outside of this alignment may find the cleric inflexible, unreasonable, and relentless. The cleric will use a firm hand to oppose the things she views as wrong and is quite comfortable causing strife if she needs to do so. In these instances, others can find the cleric obstinate, condescending, and confrontational. It is important to know the cleric’s expectations in a given situation which she will no doubt have no trouble telling you.
Management and Motivation
1. Walk Through the Valley
Managers are encouraged to respectfully challenge clerics in their convictions. The cleric will appreciate the challenge and will feel vindicated in overcoming the trial. This will strengthen the cleric and help her overcome greater obstacles in the future. Seek out new areas to help a cleric grow, as she might not pick opportunities for herself. Clerics are worth stressing and testing; like fine metals purged of impurities in a furnace, they will not only survive but increase in value to the organization.
2. Rightly Divide Truth
Take time to identify clerics in an organization. They are often harder to identify than the more outgoing classes because of their steadfast, focused nature and natural tendency to shun the spotlight. It is worth taking the time to draw a cleric out, however. They are the most steadfast and collaborative people out of the classes and act as a cornerstone in building long-lasting and productive teams.
3. Doctrinal Resonance
It is important to identify the internal beliefs of the cleric and give her tasks that are in alignment with her goals and purpose. In these areas, she will need almost no encouragement or supervision. Clerics are driven, focused individuals, and they help others achieve great things along with them. Conversely, placing a cleric in positions she doesn’t believe in will cause great strife for all involved. The cleric will speak out against policies she objects to and will perform poorly as a result.
4. Standard Bearer
If you have successfully identified a cleric and see her as a good fit for your organization, use the cleric to promote company culture and values. The cleric will take it very seriously and go out of her way to embody the virtues of the organization. Clerics are comfortable leading company culture activities, growing membership, or the adoption of new policies which align with their beliefs.
5. Holy Orders
Try to limit cleric’s exposure to more chaotic personalities or classes. The cleric often has trouble understanding how others contribute in ways that differ too much from her own method of contribution. In such cases, the cleric may spend too much time trying to correct the behavior of co-workers and not focusing on her own work. This can become a larger problem if the cleric is in a management position, and companies run the risk of losing diverse skillsets and opinions due to prolonged clerical error.
“Oh! I’m so sorry! I’m late and in a hurry…I didn’t mean… will it be okay? Oh, wouldn’t you know I would mess things up so soon on my big day…,” Aeryn stammered.
“What’s more important about this day than any other?” the groundskeeper asked as he kneeled, inspecting the fragile limbs of the injured sapling.
“Don’t you know?” Aeryn blurted, astonished. “Today is the initiation for new clerics of Bearn. The holy ones are pledged to serve the realm. They… they stand against injustice, poverty, and strife, heal the broken, minister to the weak, and bring home the lost. They lead great congregations and cause sweeping changes in areas of darkness!” Aeryn’s voice rose in excitement.
“Sounds like quite a group,” answered the groundskeeper. “Tell me,” he said, fishing out a ball of twine from his kit, “How do these mighty clerics perform such heroic deeds?” The groundskeeper handed the twine to the anxious looking Aeryn and gestured to the recently-injured tree.
“What? Please, sir, I don’t have time to play in the garden,” Aeryn fidgeted, torn between duty and conscience. “I’m very late, and if I am not where I am expected to be, I may not be admitted to the ranks of the clerics. They are always on time and submit to their superiors. They wouldn’t tolerate me being late to the such an important event.”
“Oh, surely a cleric of the realm wouldn’t turn her back on an old man trying to repair these roses for the high cleric of Bearn on this festive day. Besides, your hands will get bored if they don’t have something to do while you regale me with heroic cleric deeds.” The old man’s eyes twinkled as Aeryn reluctantly smiled. She accepted the twine and approached to repair the limb.
“Well…” Aeryn began. “I don’t know how the clerics find their great charges, but I know they never tire and are quick to do good. I’ve always wanted to be part of something bigger. When I was a child, I saw the procession of initiates pass by my house with their sparkling white robes and gold filigree. There seemed to be so many of them, like an unending stream of godliness. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a cleric.”
“You do good work,” the groundskeeper remarked as he inspected the mended limb. “If you wish to be a cleric of the realm, look for the tasks you can do every day to make your environment better. It’s not about great deeds, child, it’s about truth. You become great only when you become small. We are not called to great crusades and missions, but we serve where we are and enrich those around us. The greatest deeds are done in secret and with a tender heart. Leave the grand gestures and inspired missions to the paladins.”
Aeryn considered, eyes thoughtful, then suddenly jumped like she’d been poked with a stick. “What do you mean, ‘we’ are not called? Wait…who are you?” Aeryn’s eyes grew as the realization dawned on her face.
The man smiled broadly. “My name is Joshua of Baern, and this is my garden, dear child. You just had your first lesson in being a cleric of the realm. Come, let’s walk to the cathedral. I believe they are waiting for us.”