This article outlines and describes the Passionate and Stable Core Drivers.
The Passionate core driver reflects the low pole of Emotional Stability.
Passionate individuals can be described as someone who feels things deeply, is alert to what can go wrong and is always concerned they haven't done well enough. They are likely to be prone to feelings of stress and anxiety, and highly critical of themselves and others.
Passionate individuals appear to others as sensitive, thoughtful and concerned about how they come across. They willingly seek feedback and advice about things that are of concern, great or small. Passionate individuals feel things more intensely than others and are quick to pick up on problems and worries. They are rarely satisfied and are often critical of themselves. Being self-critical, Passionate individuals might seem too focused on themselves, or even needy and emotionally volatile. They may lack confidence and worry needlessly about things, which can cause others to lose faith and feel discouraged. When the pressure is on, they need to better practice self-control and stress management.
When leading or working in a team, Passionate individuals typically play the role of the “Guardian”. They help the team be aware of risks and problems, and are alert to dynamics and situations that can derail performance. Since they are rarely satisfied, they welcome feedback and suspect that things can be done better. Others will also recognize their passion to make things better. That said, their teammates may find that their passion becomes tiring or too intense. Their negative feelings can be contagious and bring others down. Last, their urgency and energy can strain relationships as people can perceive them as being too reactive or negative.
The Stable core driver reflects the high pole of Emotional Stability.
Stable individuals can be described as being calm and easy going, free from excessive worrying, and steady in the most difficult circumstances.
Stable individuals are seen as well-adjusted and calm. Such individuals are less likely to be depressed or anxious, staying even-tempered in tough situations and tending not to worry too much. Being free of anxiety means they may have a calming effect on those around them. The limitations of being stable is that they may overlook emerging problems or downplay real risks and other’s concerns. They may come across as being too laid back, indifferent or lack urgency. This ultimately leads them to miss signals that indicate a new approach is needed.
When leading or working in a team, Stable individuals will play the role of the “Chiller”. They help the team stay cool and composed. They keep a level-head under pressure, and others turn to them to help stay calm. They remain relatively unaffected by the ups and downs of team life, helping the team stay focused when things are going sideways. When under pressure, they are able to provide perspectives that are unclouded by powerful, and ultimately unhealthy, emotions. Stable individuals can use this ability to be the voice of reason and calm when others are reacting emotionally. Despite these strengths, their calm demeanour may be perceived by their team as being out of touch or disconnected from the important challenges facing the team. As such, they may discount feedback or criticism rather than using it as an opportunity to develop as a teammate and as a leader.