The Kind of Person God Uses to Catalyze a Movement

Traits and Competencies of Effective Movement Catalysts


  • Emanuel Prinz
  • Alison Goldhor


This article reports on the largest-ever empirical research into the person of the effective movement catalyst. The study compared survey results of 147 pioneers who catalyzed a movement compared with a control group of 160 pioneers who did not, surveying respondents in 38 countries across the globe.

The study identifies 15 traits and competencies where effective catalysts rate themselves ≥ 4.5 on a 1-5 Likert scale, and where they show significantly higher self-ratings than non-catalyst pioneers in the same six regions. Some of these traits and competencies challenge the conventional understanding of an effective movement catalyst among movement thinkers.