Enthusiastic, fast-paced, and engaged.

The Expressive-Style Person.

Enthusiasm, adaptability, and fast pace are seen as key characteristics of the Expressive style. The Expressive-style person appears to be engaged, future-focused, a holistic thinker, a motivator of others, and direct and open regardless of the situation.

Assertive, outspoken, opinionated

Expressive-style behavior is perceived as assertive, outspoken and resourceful: an intuitive person who will usually emphasize interaction and involvement with others when working toward a goal.

High intensity, high impact

Expressive-style people thrive in a lively and stimulating work environment. They tend to gravitate toward ambitious and highly visible projects. People generally respond well to their outgoing and socially active approach toward any project they undertake. They can become dramatic and may play to the crowd a bit too often. The Expressive style is a high impact style that usually elicits an intense response from most people.

Energetic, resourceful, creative

The Expressive leadership style is characterized as energetic, resourceful and creative. Expressive-style people are highly engaging in rallying colleagues to support a task. They are supportive and collaborative, particularly when their goal is at stake. Masterful at making connections between events, people, and situations, they communicate insights quickly and passionately. Expressive-style people can however easily lose interest in a project if it no longer appeals to them.

High visibility, no routine

Leadership is premised on influence and persuasion rather than on position, power or tight controls. The value placed on motivation and persuasion, constitute an important aspect of the Expressive style. However, quite frequently, he or she will focus on highly visible tasks to the exclusion of the day-to-day routine work in order to gain recognition and advancement.


Expressive-style people prefer to be a team leader whenever possible. Expressive people may however be perceived as impatient and unreasonable when under pressure, especially when other do not follow or have objections against their ideas and pace.