This article outlines and describes the Laid Back and Driven Core Drivers.
The Laid Back core driver reflects the low pole of Extraversion’s Proactivity subfacet.
Laid Back individuals can be described as fairly easy going and happy to see where life takes them. They prefer to get along with others rather than always compete and win. They are not particularly goal-orientated and instead are relaxed about life and their ambitions.
As a strength, Laid Back individuals are are comfortable with others taking the lead. This means they are good team players. They are willing to do the work as it comes and probably think there is a lot more to life than work. Laid Back individuals are not too concerned about being in charge or getting to the top of the pile. That said, Laid Back individuals are not very ambitious and they are less likely to be noticed for promotion or advancement at work. They tend to be unclear about their goals or direction in life. As a consequence of this, others may see them as lacking ambition or unconfident. They may frequently need to be reminded that in life it helps to set goals and track progress towards them.
When leading or working in a team, Laid Back individuals are likely to play the role of a “Supporter” — easy-going and not concerned with social status. They seek out roles where they are attempting to support, not control or dominate, their teammates. Their relaxed and easy going nature will be well received by teammates. All this said, such dispositions can get in the way of the team’s goals as they may not fully appreciate the importance of deadlines or be willing to “dig deep” when faced with daunting challenges. They will need to recognize when they have to invest effort to match that of their teammates. Similarly, their tendency to be uninterested in competition and achieving stretch goes should be occasionally counterbalanced with explicit attempts to demonstrate their value to the team.
The Driven core driver reflects the high pole of Extraversion’s Proactivity subfacet.
Driven individuals can be described as competitive and ambitious. They like to take charge and will get frustrated when other people go too slow. They have bold goals and will work hard to achieve them. Others may describe them as competitive, dominant and energetic.
As a strength, Driven individuals are people who like to take charge, lead others, and are very ambitious. They are not interested in just taking part, they play to win. They usually find themselves in positions that allow for responsibility, and enjoy the chance to move upwards in their career or work. Despite these strengths, being Driven is not without its limitations. While being driven and competitive is good, championing their own ideas or dominating others may get in the way of them forming relationships that would otherwise help them achieve their goals. Similarly, people may perceive Driven individuals as too focused on their own goals or competing with people on their own team. They should take the time to listen to other people's ideas, share credit and be open to critical feedback.
When leading others or working in a team, Driven individuals will play the role of the “Navigator”. This role involves them setting the direction and goals for the group. Their colleagues will likely experience them as motivated, focused and driven. They bring energy and direction to the team and will always be wanting to do more. They will likely find themselves filling a leadership role, providing direction and purpose to others. This is an important element of every team. Their motivation and drive can cause challenges as they do not appreciate that not everyone moves at the same pace, nor do they always want to deliver stretch goals. Teammates may find that Driven individuals overreach, become bossy or set unrealistic goals. They need to remember that not everyone can sustain such focus and determination.