The Martyr This person
starts off as the most enthusiastic and active member of the organisation,
happy to give plenty of their time to do quite a few tasks. Extremely reliable,
attending every function, even when ill. This person quickly becomes cynical
because he begins to feel unappreciated and over worked. Offers by other
members to assist The Martyr are refused because he is afraid of losing
control. Typical positions held are Secretary, Publicity or Treasurer.
The Miser This person is generally the organisations treasurer.
Obsessed with finances, the thought of actually allowing any money to be spent
brings him/her out in a cold sweat. The Treasurer generally renders the
organisation impotent in actually achieving anything worthwhile. The Miser is
more protective over the finances of the organisation than of their own. Again,
control freak tendencies are typical of the character of this person.
The Dominator This person says what they like and likes what
they say. Unable to listen to anyone elses point of view because of a
belief that he is always right. Always getting their own way, decisions are
made by this person that override the general consensus of the committee.
Typical position held is Chairperson. Sometimes a bully. Pretty self centred
and never shows any vulnerability. When challenged, will fight like a cornered
The Innovator This person is full of new and creative
ideas. He/she will challenge the status quo and generally accepted procedure.
This person generally gets ignored or is replied to with condescending remarks
from other dominant committee members. Can turn into the quitter below.
The Quitter This person tenders their resignation at the
slightest sign of disquiet. Generally, this person expects everyone (and nearly
always receives) copious requests by other members to please, please stay
on. You do such a good job and we need you replies. This feeds the
quitters ego. Very similar person to The Martyr. Can be any member of the
The Ghost This person has been co-opted onto the
committee others, but has no idea why he is there. This person has no views on
anything and is happy to go along with the flow and make up the numbers. Rarely
speaks and usually feels somewhat out of their depth.
Mediator Generally a rescuer, this person seeks to follow the middle ground
by trying to get folk to agree on a way forward. Does not like conflict, pretty
much always polite to all concerned and always thanks everyone for their
contribution. Often gets caught in the crossfire because sitting the fence
always gives you splinters up your backside.
The Serial Member
This person is a committee addict. Probably sits on many committees of various
unrelated organisations. Loves to be in the thick of it and enjoys the status,
particularly if important office is held. He will often make apologies for
non-attendance due to other commitments or will need to leave early to attend
another meeting somewhere. Generally, this person is pretty ineffective but is
a stickler for protocol and always reminds everyone else of procedure. Can be
very narrow minded and is afraid of change, preferring their own comfort zone.
Typical position held will be Chairperson or President.