This article outlines and describes the Candid and Considerate Core Drivers.
The Candid core driver reflects the low pole of Agreeableness.
Individuals who have Candid as a core driver can be described as being upfront, straight talking and tend not to be swayed by others opinions or feelings. They are socially flexible, competitive, and know when to bend the rules to get ahead.
As a strength, Candid individuals tend to be direct and to the point when dealing with others. They prefer to not beat around the bush and are unlikely to be easily swayed by displays of emotion or worry about others’ feelings. The limitations of being Candid is that although they can cope with tough situations, they usually come across as uncaring and too blunt. Candid individuals tend to be socially clumsy, causing offense to others, and missing important social cues.
When leading or working in a team, Candid individuals typically play the role of a “Truth Teller”. That is, they are willing to have the hard conversations and keep people accountable. When leading others, Candid individuals aren't affected by other people's feelings. This helps cut through a lot of noise and distractions and get to the heart of issues. Candid individuals can make tough calls on people and rarely get too tangled in emotions. The downside to this is that their colleagues and direct reports may find them too straightforward and cold, as they “say it how it is”. While addressing conflict in a transparent and open way is helpful to address underlying issues quickly, although practiced poorly it can lead to a toxic culture.
The Considerate core driver reflects the high pole of Agreeableness.
Individuals who have Considerate as a core driver can be described as being caring and compassionate. They are sensitive to others’ feelings, humble and altruistic, and likely to be concerned with others desires more than their own.
As a strength, Considerate individuals are emotionally aware, caring, and sensitive to the needs of others. They are a good listener and tactful, earning the trust from others. They are particularly skilled at maintaining relationships and helping others get along. The limitations of being Considerate is their sensitive nature, as they may shy away from dealing with tough situations. Rather than being direct, they are likely to beat around the bush and not communicate difficult information or feedback. They could be described as conflict avoidant.
When leading or working in a team, Considerate individuals are likely to play the role of a “Empathizer”. That is, their style is oriented towards building harmony and reducing conflict. Preferring to cooperate than dominate, they work hard to ensure the team sticks together and there is group cohesion. Considerate leaders are warm, caring and interested in the needs and feelings of others. As a result, they will be trusted by their team, who appreciate their concern for the wellbeing of the group. The downside to this is that they may prefer to ignore the group dynamics and be afraid to call out tension or challenging relationships. Considerate individuals may struggle to work in environments that have a high degree of conflict.