Purpose, goals, clarity, results.

The Driver-Style Person.

For Driver-style people, concrete goals and tangible results are essential. People with the Driver-style need a sense of purpose, and they prefer to be seen as in control, as competent, knowledgeable, forceful, strong-minded, and self-confident.

Task before feelings

Driver-style people seem to always have clear objectives and they tend to create a sense of urgency, even when in the eyes of others urgency is not required. Driver-style people respond well to timely follow-up, attentive listening, rational reasoning and factual support, and to solutions that reflect an understanding of their personal goals. They subconsciously value all of this over making time to establish personal relationships that go beyond the task. They are clearly facts-focused rather than feelings-focused; in fact, Driver-style people dislike the display of emotions, certainly on the work floor.

Direct, forceful, competitive

Driver-style behavior is perceived as direct, forceful, and competitive; it is a fast paced, results oriented style. Driver-style people prefer a demanding work environment in which they can define their own purpose and goals and orchestrate the results. They do not hesitate to make fast or tough decisions, even if and when contrary to the desires of others.

Always on a mission

Driver-style people may come across as overly task oriented and cold or aloof, especially when under pressure. This is not to say that they have no emotions or empathy. Often, they hide their empathy behind a stern and guarded façade, and their friendliness will surface only after the task has been successfully completed. They always seem to be on a mission. Of-course, driver-style people are as sensitive as anyone else, but they prefer to hide their feelings and emotions from others in their continuous attempts to be seen as strong and in control of the situation.

Driver-style people appear as strong-willed, focused, and goal oriented. Obviously, these traits are to be considered as their strengths, however, like with any personality, if tipped out of balance, those positive traits may easily turn into liabilities.