This article outlines and describes the Reserved and Outgoing Core Drivers.
The Reserved core driver reflects the low pole of Extraverion’s Gregariousness subfacet.
Reserved individuals can be described as independent, introverted and someone who is comfortable with their own company.
Reserved individuals are naturally quiet, thoughtful and aware of their presence when interacting with others. They will appear as a good listener and as someone who doesn’t waste time on small talk and meaningless chat. They can be trusted to work alone. In fact, this is when they will do their best work. Their introverted nature may restrict their ability to form the kinds of relationships and connections that will help them develop professionally. Further, their tendency to be independent, may be perceived as being socially aloof or uninterested in others. This can be potentially lead to feelings of awkwardness or frustration as others struggle to get to know them.
When leading or working in a team, Reserved individuals will typically play the role of “The Thinker”. That is, someone who holds back from the common view and help the team by practicing careful reflection. As they keep their own counsel and aren't easily swayed by popular opinion, others will value their perspective. While other members of the team might easily go along with the popular opinion, and fall prey to peer pressure or groupthink, Reserved individuals will be the one to carefully reflect on the evidence at hand and form an independent opinion. All that said, being less sociable than most, Reserved individuals can seem distant or hard to understand. This can result in the individual remaining on the periphery and will need to make an effort to connect and network with the team. Further, in times of stress and adversity their independent nature may mean they hold back, which can get in the way of the team achieving its goals. Reserved individuals need to be reminded that while it may not feel comfortable at first, collaboration is an effective way to solve difficult problems.
The Outgoing core driver reflects the high pole of Extraversion’s Gregariousness subfacet.
Outgoing individuals can be described as extraverted, sociable and someone who enjoys being around new people.
People are likely to find Outgoing individuals as stimulating company due to their social energy and ability to form relationships quickly. They are good meeting new individuals and building new connections. Confident, they are good at being the center of attention. That said, this can become overwhelming and leave others feeling exhausted. Outgoing individuals need to ensure that they remain alert to social cues, and practice listening and taking turns in conversations to ensure that relationships can deepen and not feel one sided.
When leading or working in a team, Outgoing individuals tend to play the role of the “Connector”. That is, they bring people together, build team relationships, grow its network and foster a culture of collaboration. In a team, they use their natural ability to connect with others to help teammates get to know one another. They also skilled at drawing out quieter members of the team. Together, these actions help different perspectives be shared and heard. Nonetheless, their chatty and social may overwhelm the team, and not leaving enough room for others to contribute. Further, they may confuse talking with doing. Rather than focusing on getting the work done, they may first reach for meetings, conversations and talking. It is important that they consider that too much collaboration is problematic and remember to give people their own space.