In today’s modern world, close friendships play an increasingly important role in men’s lives. Gone are the days when guys couldn’t open up in front of their male counterparts – in this era of ‘man-hugging’ and ‘bromances’, it’s now almost compulsory to provide your mates with support, advice and occasionally even a shoulder to cry on. But what type of friends should you keep closest for a happy and successful life? According to a new study from Chivas Regal, there are in fact six personality types that tend to make up a typical bunch of mates, each taking on a different role to complement and balance the group. The six man types are:
The Pilot – he may not admit it, but he’s the leader of the group. Popular, in the know and successful in his career, he provides leadership and stability for the group.
The Explorer – finger always on the pulse, he inspires the group by seeking out the latest band or movie to watch.
The Rock – solid and dependable, his friends are his life. He’s the closest to being the soul of the group and values hard work, commitment and common sense.
The Hero – a natural leader with a clear sense of morals and a willingness to stand up for what he believes is right. But be warned – if one of the group members plays up, he will deal with them accordingly!
The Wit – the life and soul of the party. Always at the centre of the group, making people laugh with jokes, mockery and self-deprecation. Determined to make the most of every moment.
The Coach – articulate, emotionally intelligent and a great listener. He understands the needs and feelings of individual friends and always offers a shoulder to lean on.
The findings of the report also reveal that these six personalities can be seen around the world in not only friendship groups but in many successful sports teams where coaches often pick different archetypes to find balance and harmony.
Bill Black, coach for the Team GB Volleyball and Triathlon teams, agrees, “We would not be looking for the characteristics to make up a team in the first place. They tend to come to the fore over time, and the coach will act accordingly to develop elements which are useful for the squad.
“Ideally, I would have one of each type for a team, with the exception of The Rock. Otherwise trouble may brew. Opposite poles attract, but men of the same type can come into conflict”.
Which man friend are you? Let us know and find out more in the full report here: www.chivasfriendshipreport.com