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Ambition & challenges
The extent to which the person is competitive, is willing to strive to be successful and looks for challenges.
Focus on achievements

Focus on achievements

  • very ambitious
  • competitive
  • strongly driven
  • focus on challenges and achievements
Is driven by achievements such as sports or academic performances. Wants to be socially successful, has a competitive nature. Is strongly motivated, likes challenges and wants to perform well. May find it hard to find a balance between work and private life; focuses strongly on his career and being successful. Can be fanatical and dissatisfied with too little challenges, in which case he may look for a different work environment.
Possible Pitfall:

  • ambitious with a sense of perspective
  • healthy drive to perform well
Has a healthy drive to perform well without losing a sense of perspective. Finds a proper balance between work and private life. Will make a career move if he finds an interesting challenge but rarely puts work or winning in the first place.


  • content
  • leveling
  • sense of perspective regarding success and achievements
Is driven by contentment and rather happy with things as they are. Tends to see winning, success and achievements in perspective and focuses little on career advancements. Is loyal to his work environment, particularly if it is hardly competitive. Tends to be leveling rather than competitive and generous towards other people's success.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person adapts and conforms to different surroundings.


  • sticks to rules and frameworks
  • guided by formality
  • principle and integrity
Is driven by a tendency to adapt to rules and frameworks in force; likes to comply with procedures, values and guidelines. Tends to be formal. Wants to do what is right and socially acceptable; sticks to the principle “a deal is a deal”. Is usually regarded as a person of responsibility and integrity by her peers. May be too strict in applying rules; finds it hard, sometimes, to read between the lines. Usually wants to meet other people's expectations.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between formal and informal
  • applies rules when needed
Sticks to rules and frameworks within reason; usually complies with guidelines and standard procedures but deviates from them when necessary. Is adequately responsible. Accepts bureaucracy to a certain extent, is able to be informal in appropriate situations. Responds well to reasonable expectations others may have but dares to ignore unreasonable demands.


  • independent of rules and informal
  • adventurous
  • groundbreaking
Has little need for rules and standard procedures; is flexible applying them. Tends to be informal and to dislike bureaucracy. May be groundbreaking and bend existing rules creatively. Sometimes walks away from responsibilities; is seen as an adventurer by others, someone who goes her own way. Is hardly affected by other people's expectations, not eager to meet them – even if they seem reasonable.
Possible Pitfall:
Breaking the rules
The extent to which the person dares to react in a confrontational manner and sets verbal boundaries.


  • confrontational
  • assertive
  • guarding boundaries
  • easily agitated
  • explicit
Needs to clearly set and guard her boundaries. Has a strong sense of justice, likes to come up for a cause. Often responds assertively, fends strongly for himself and others. Dares to confront others and to engage in conflicts. Shows annoyance when irritated, may be intolerant and sometimes appear aggressive. Wears his heart on his sleeve and addresses tensions, frictions and other annoyances that others may be afraid to bring up – which often clears the air.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between preventing strife and being confrontational
  • proportionate in response
  • reasonably tolerant
Is able to find a balance between confronting other people when needed and preventing strife; to be either confrontational or diplomatic. Knows when to be tolerant and when to show his teeth. Usually responds in a proportionate manner when in conflict; only gets agitated and upset when provoked. Can be forgiving.


  • very controlled
  • forgiving
  • less assertive
  • tolerant
  • not easily upset
  • de-escalating conflicts
Has strong self-control, will not easily get upset or respond angrily. Is tolerant and forgiving; rather avoids confrontations, may walk away from a conflict. Wants to keep the peace. Acts cautiously in order to maintain harmony; tries to de-escalate crises before they intensify. Often lacks assertiveness, is unclear setting boundaries and may be brushed aside easily.
Possible Pitfall:
Decision making
The extent to which the person takes clear positions, makes and stands by decisions.


  • decides quickly and sticks to decisions
  • enterprising
  • problem-solving
Is driven by initiative and a desire to take decisions quickly and efficiently. Likes to solve problems effectively and gets to the point without delay. Holds strong opinions and sticks to decisions, which he tends to make without first consulting with others. Responds impulsively when confronted with a choice, considers few options before deciding and has a strong sense of urgency when doing so..
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between deciding quickly and reconsidering
  • able to change opinions
Finds a balance between holding a position and taking a decision quickly on the one hand and reconsidering and consulting others on the other hand. Usually takes a decision on the basis of sufficient evidence and strives to reconcile conflicting interests. Changes opinion when confronted with convincing arguments and may come back on decisions once made. Prefers to solve problems within a reasonable time, without acting impulsively..


  • nuanced
  • consults and considers
  • sometimes indecisive
Likes to consider different points of view and various facts and circumstances before taking a decision and takes time to do so. Prefers to act and decide after consulting with others and strives to reach consensus first. Tends to wait for other people's decisions and listens carefully to their arguments. Has little difficulty going back on decisions once made. Sometimes risks remaining in a consideration and consultation phase without coming to a decision or arriving at it too late.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person acts powerfully and dominantly.


  • leading
  • dominant
  • convincing
  • decides or influences decision-making
Is driven by powerful action and likes to lead and be influential within a team. May be dominantly convincing and directive; likes to make decisions for and set directions for others. Is usually very visible, strongly determines the overall atmosphere and may come across as authoritarian, thus provoking resistance..
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between influencing others subtly and dominantly
  • functionally directive
Finds a balance between influencing others subtly and doing so more dominantly; knows when to convince others of his will and when to comply. Moderately determines the overall atmosphere within and direction of his team, and will define terms and guidelines for others when necessary. May be directive without becoming authoritarian.


  • influences others subtly
  • arouses little resistance
  • indirect impact
  • compliant
Feels little need for others to follow her; may have difficulty convincing others dominantly of her ideas, interests or views. Will try to exert influence in a subtle manner, usually arousing little resistance from others and having a more indirect impact. Is careful not to brush other people aside and usually compliant. Will leave others to determine the overall atmosphere and direction in which to go.
Possible Pitfall:
Energy & action
The extent to which the person has the energy to perform tasks and to achieve goals.


  • enterprising
  • impatient
  • easily bored
  • full of initiative and enthusiasm
  • very energetic
Has a strong need for action, is very enterprising and full of energy to perform tasks and achieve goals. Likes to get a move on. Is productive and enthusiastic, usually feels up to anything and takes initiative, sometimes too quickly. Sometimes feels other people or circumstances are in his way. May be impatient, easily bored and restless. Strongly focuses on action, may risk making mistakes or being reckless.
Possible Pitfall:

  • moderately energetic
  • balanced between inner peace and need for action
Has a healthy need for action and sufficient enthusiasm; finds a balance between taking things on and stepping aside for a while. Takes initiative in time without pressuring others. Is usually patient enough to wait for others and for matters to come together. Is able to speed up and to slow down.


  • peace of mind
  • calm
  • sitting on the fence
  • patient
  • cautious
  • deliberate
Is driven by his own peace of mind. Is patient, calm and tends to sit on the fence; usually allows others to take initiative, is more of a follower. May feel that others are going too fast or wanting too much. Rarely acts immediately; tends to be cautious and risks making few mistakes. Will not easily get ahead of things and is well able to slow down and save his own energy.
Possible Pitfall:
Gives way to others
The extent to which the person likes to stand out and leans toward extravert behavior.
Stands out

Stands out

  • expressive
  • notable
  • optimistic
  • flamboyant
  • noticeably present
Is more extraverted, driven by self-expression. Likes to be noted, to be the centre of attention; likes to talk about his own experiences. Is usually optimistic and shows a certain flair. Has a sense of humor, uncomplicated self-confidence and a positive sense of self, may be impulsive. Is potentially charismatic, knows how to present himself, is noticeably in the foreground. May draw attention away from others and come across as self-satisfied.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between drawing attention to self and others
  • presents reasonably well
Finds a balance between expressing himself and allowing others to be in the forefront. Presents himself reasonably well, shows flair and makes jokes at times. Is not afraid to be in the limelight but doesn't have to be; knows when to step back.

Gives way to others

  • unnoticeable
  • prefers to be in background
  • gives room to other people
Is more introverted, prefers to operate in the background and stay out of the limelight; is fairly common, unnoticeable. Hardly presents himself and may have difficulty opening up to others; allows others to be in the foreground and tends to respect their behavior. Only says what he thinks is relevant and necessary; is unlikely to reveal anything he shouldn't.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person is willing to help and support others.


  • very accommodating
  • philanthropic
  • likes to facilitate
  • expects little responsibility from others
  • service oriented
Is driven by helping and supporting others; responds strongly to other people's needs by providing care and assistance. Acts out of devotion and without self-interest; may risk acting against his own interests. Likes to be there for others, do something extra for them, provide service. Usually finds it hard to say no and to delegate; tends to take over other people's tasks. Expects or demands little responsibility from other people.
Possible Pitfall:
Taking over

  • functionally prepared to help others
  • focused on his own responsibility
Is prepared to help others when the situation asks for it; finds a balance between assisting and delegating. Knows when to say no and when to make an extra effort; will be either accommodating or formal, depending on the situation. Stands up for his own interests reasonably well. Depends on other people's responsibility when he feels they can handle it.


  • sticks to the point
  • expects people to take their responsibility
  • delegates and transfers duties
Assumes that other people can take their own responsibilities and are self-reliant. Adopts a business-like attitude; is more likely to provide a service when he will benefit from it. Stands up for his own interests; may not sufficiently take other people's needs into account and may come across as self-centered. Transfers duties and delegates with ease. Is not naturally inclined to help or assist others.
Possible Pitfall:
Independent thinking & acting
The extent to which the person needs autonomy and independence in forming her judgments and actions


  • free-thinking
  • autonomous
  • strong own views and opinions
  • mostly self-depending
Is driven by autonomy and freedom of thought. Likes to form his own opinions, views and judgments. Prefers to act independently without too much deliberation or taking other people's views into account and without having to account for his decisions. May be less transparent or accessible, sometimes self-depending or headstrong – which can cause resistance. Can be quite unconcerned regarding other people's views and opinions and is not easily managed or directed; likes to do his own thing, regardless of team spirit or culture.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between freedom and collectivity
  • and between independence and accessibility
Finds a balance between guarding his own freedom and working in other people's interests; understands the importance of deliberation and working together with others but has a distinct impact in a team. Finds a balance between making decisions independently and being open to other people's views and opinions; respects those views but will draw his own plan when he is convinced of doing the right thing. Is willing to share his thoughts with others, fairly transparent, and willing to account for his actions when necessary.


  • functionally team-oriented
  • collegial
  • likes deliberation
  • transparent
  • easily managed
Is driven by collectivity and working towards a communal goal. Likes to deliberate and to work together with his team; is accessible and prefers a collegial harmony. Is an easily managed team player who adapts easily to a group. Tends to follow other people's view; depends on leadership and other team members, may be easily influenced. Has no difficulty accounting for her actions; is transparent. Is sensitive to other people's positions and interests; tends to wait for consensus or approval from others before acting.
Possible Pitfall:
Easily influenced
Need for status
The extent to which the person needs to be held in high esteem and demands recognition for her work and achievements.


  • presentable
  • sensitive to compliments and status
  • rather proud
  • desire to be noticed
Is driven by receiving recognition for his own work and achievements. Values personal status highly. Needs to be complimented and appreciated personally. May find it hard to deal with criticism and feedback – even if it is constructive. May seem somewhat self-satisfied. Usually values a decent personal appearance; likes to look good and presentable.
Possible Pitfall:

  • presentable
  • sensitive to compliments and status
  • rather proud
  • desire to be noticed
Is able to see personal recognition and status in reasonable perspective but cannot completely do without. Responses reasonably well to feedback and criticism. Is motivated rather by constructive feedback than by sharp criticism; tone is important. Doesn't need recognition from everybody but appreciates an occasional compliment and is extra motivated by approval from the people around him. Understands the importance of a decent and presentable personal appearance. Likes to be noticed to some extent.


  • humble
  • attaches little value to personal status
  • temperate
  • responses well to feedback
Is driven by a moderate view on his own achievements and hardly depends on personal status and recognition. Is rather humble and not overly sensitive to compliments – which he doesn't really need. Is hardly motivated by status or recognition. Tends to be temperate and see his own status in perspective. Deals well with feedback and criticism, even if it is personal and not particularly constructive. Performance and appearance may seem somewhat careless or too casual.
Possible Pitfall:
Need for support
The extent to which the person needs support from the people around her.
Appreciates support

Appreciates support

  • grateful for help
  • need for understanding
  • asks support easily
  • likes interest
Strongly needs agreement, support and understanding – especially in case of stress or adversity. Has an urge to be heard and understood. Values and depends on a warm and sympathetic atmosphere; appreciates sincere interest, is grateful for help and support. Likes to work in a team where people fend for each other. Will easily ask for support; may feel things in life are „against' him.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between need for support and independence
  • knows when to ask for help
Finds a balance between need for support and desire to be independent; knows when to ask for support and when to start something new by himself. Has a certain need to be heard and understood or to share his thoughts and experiences with others but doesn't depend on such conditions.


  • independent
  • presents as tough
  • needs little support or guidance
Is driven by independence; needs little agreement, help or understanding in order to function. Presents as tough even when facing serious adversity; may seem less sensitive. Usually functions without any support or guidance; may lose out on his team's potential by not sufficiently addressing its support or back-up. May risk taking on too much himself. Demands little energy or attention from others when attempting something new.
Possible Pitfall:
Order & structure
The extent to which the person needs a structured approach, order and neatness.


  • well organized
  • accurate
  • neat
  • methodical
  • meets appointments
  • may be rigid
Is driven by structure; likes to start with a plan, tends to be efficient. Is accurate, has an eye for detail, likes neatness. Has difficulty handling hectic situations, chaos and sloppiness. May find it hard to think outside the box; likes to stick to existing structures and frameworks, may, therefore, come across as rigid. Turns chaos into order; prefers to work in a neat and tidy environment. Is usually on time and meticulous in meeting appointments.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between focus on detail and bigger picture
  • sufficiently flexible
Finds a balance between focusing on the bigger picture on the one hand, and working methodically and with focus on detail on the other. Is mostly able to handle chaos and hectic situations. Knows the importance of method but is flexible enough to adapt to changed circumstances. Is able to focus on details when necessary. Values being on time and meeting appointments sufficiently.


  • focused on the bigger picture
  • creative
  • sometimes sloppy
  • flexible in method
Is driven by a focus on the bigger picture and by flexibility; has strong creative and innovative powers. Has little eye for detail, may even be sloppy. Handles hustle and bustle well; goes with the flow. Has little need for a structured, methodical approach, is flexible in terms of method. May lose sight by planning insufficiently and be consequently inefficient.
Possible Pitfall:
Changes priorities
The extent to which the person persists and perseveres.


  • tenacious
  • likes to work on and get things done
  • to overcome obstacles
Is driven by perseverance; likes to work on intently, to stick to a task or project in order to get it done. Follows a certain direction even when facing severe adversity; will try to overcome any obstacles. Is unlikely to look for easy alternatives or to give up; may risk pursuing dead ends. Is intrinsically motivated to work hard and to finish a project successfully.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between tenacity and ability to let go
  • knows when to continue and when to give up
Usually finds a balance between working hard and persisting on a job on the one hand and acknowledging defeat and letting go on the other. Is unlikely both to give up easily and to pursue a dead end; will look for alternative directions when facing adversity, depending on the situation. Has a healthy work attitude and usually finishes what he started.

Changes priorities

  • lets go easily
  • tends to change course easily
  • difficulty with final stretch
Prefers to work smart rather than hard. Has little difficulty letting go of things, particularly if they seem tiring or unsuccessful; risks abandoning projects prematurely unless externally motivated. Often finds it hard to finish something; tends to chose the path of least resistance, to look for alternatives when facing obstacles, to change course.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person values a practical and useful approach and adopts a practical attitude.


  • very practical
  • focused on usefulness
  • efficient
  • calculating
  • solution oriented
Is driven by a practical mentality and by attaining results. Likes to make to best use of means and money, is focused on not wasting anything; tasks and actions have to have added value. Is calculating, efficient and solution oriented. Attaches little value to rituals and special occasions if they don't account to anything extra. Is only interested in theory if it is feasible and adds something to everyday practice.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between theory and practice
  • understands value of rituals
  • both abstract and concrete
Pays attention to both practice and theoretical background; will make a cost benefit analysis when necessary. Recognizes the importance of means and money but understands the value of rituals, symbols and special occasions at the same time. Is able to focus both on abstract and concrete concepts and realizes a good theoretical basis may enhance everyday practice.


  • theoretical
  • sensitive to symbols and rituals
  • not calculating
  • abstract
Is driven by a theoretical framework, focuses more on abstract than on concrete aspects. Hardly prioritizes means and money; is not necessarily focused on added value. Values rituals, symbols and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries without looking for a pay-off. Tends to be more interested in everyday practice when it is based on a theoretical framework.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person is focused on (defined) goals and results.


  • very much result and goal-oriented
  • focused
  • difficulty changing course
Strongly focused on attaining results, likes to work towards concrete goals and stick to them. Is likely to determine objectives and depend on their course; may feel lost when not given a clear direction and given little possibilities to follow the one of his own. May have difficulties diverting from a set course – even if objectives are unlikely to be attained.
Possible Pitfall:

  • fairly goal-oriented
  • needs some direction
  • able to digress from objectives
Has no outspoken preference for objectives but is unable to quite function without. Needs a fairly clearly defined goal to work towards but knows when to turn into an alternative direction. Is able to improvize when necessary and to handle both clearly defined and vague objectives. Likes to know generally what is expected but doesn't necessarily need to know the ultimate goal in detail.


  • process-oriented
  • improvising talent
  • changes course easily
Is focused more on processes than on attaining results. Commits little to set goals and hardly sticks to them. Is well able to handle vaguely defined objectives; improvises or changes course with ease. May lack a sense of direction but dares to engage in projects without having a clear purpose. Sometimes risks not attaining desired results
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person respects and looks up to other people.


  • respectful
  • sense of hierarchy
  • takes advice well
  • admires other people’s achievements
Is driven by admiration for people who inspire or intrigue him. Is sensitive to superiors' positive recognition. Has a strong sense of hierarchy; wants to be recognized and liked by people he respects and regards as knowledgeable. Is easily advised by them. Is ready to admire others and express his admiration.
Possible Pitfall:

  • is able to handle hierarchy
  • balanced between showing respect and striving for equality
Finds a balance between striving for equality and defending his own position on the one hand and showing respect to superiors on the other. Stands his own in hierarchical situations and dares to approach and go against superiors when necessary. May be impressed by other people's status; knows when to take advice and from whom. Will sufficiently recognize and admire exceptional achievements.


  • strives for equality
  • sees hierarchy in perspective
  • approaches superiors easily
Focuses on his own position and likes to see relations based on equality; is unlikely to look up to other people's achievements or to compliment those people for them. Sees any hierarchies in perspective, is hardly sensitive to them. Has little respect for „important' people; is hard to impress or to influence by other people's authority. Has little difficulty approaching people, regardless of their status.
Possible Pitfall:
Responsibility & leadership
The extent to which the person wants to be in charge and take responsibility.


  • likes to be responsible
  • takes initiative
  • directive
  • in control
  • makes group decisions
Is driven by a desire to be responsible for people and projects and to assert influence over them. Likes to be in control, to take initiative. Tends to be directive and to adopt a responsible role within a team; feels that role becomes him best. May be overly controlling, or try to maneuver himself into a leadership position. Has difficulty delegating. Often makes decisions he feels are necessary for the team; may come across as insensitive.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between taking responsibility and letting it go
  • leading or following when necessary
Finds a balance between taking responsibilities and allowing others to take charge. Is able to delegate or pass on tasks but is unlikely to do so without having a good reason. Takes charge in certain situations; knows when to follow somebody else. Will usually accept a superior's decisions but is likely to revolt when he feels a decision is wrong or unreasonable.


  • usually compliant
  • malleable
  • accepting decisions
  • sometimes resigned
  • easily managed
Releases responsibilities with ease; has little difficulty delegating or passing on tasks. Tends to be pliable and compliant; easily acknowledges someone else to be in charge. Prefers other people to lead and take important decisions, is likely to accept the outcome. May be too resigned.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person has self-esteem and mental stability


  • confident
  • sometimes possibly overconfident
  • optimistic
  • resilient
Is driven by self-confidence and mentally very stabile. Can take on a lot, rarely suffers from emotional outbursts and is not easily unbalanced. Can handle emotional experiences well, is resilient and usually optimistic. Is rarely hindered by fear of failure and usually daring but may walk away from taking responsibility for mistakes and risk being overconfident.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between being resilient and sensitive
  • realistic
Has sufficient self-confidence, finds a balance between bouncing back readily and letting a situation sink in. Is mentally stabile and usually understands a mistake's consequences. Is realistic and sufficiently self-critical, can handle mistakes and is usually not held back for fear to make them.


  • avoids mistakes
  • aware of their consequences
  • self-critical
Is driven by avoiding mistakes, may tend to perfectionism or suffer from performance anxiety. Is sensitive to overall atmosphere and to external (especially negative) impressions, emotionally involved and likely to lose his cool after a stressful event. Takes matters personally, sees a mistake's consequences readily and tends to blame himself for it; is very self-critical.
Possible Pitfall:
Sociability & contact
The extent to which the person needs friendship and social contact.


  • very social
  • amicable
  • team oriented
  • communicative
  • potential networker
Is driven by friendly relationships and a need for contact; is focused on social networking and communication. Values friendships greatly and likes to invest in them; is more than willing to help and assist friends and needs to be on good terms with them. Is at ease with other people, likes to bring people together; is a potential networker. Regards new people easily as friends, is usually friendly and intrinsically team oriented. Tends to be more motivated when he is part of a team.
Possible Pitfall:
Overly familiar

  • balanced between focus on himself and others
  • fairly communicative and team oriented
Finds a balance between building and maintaining relationships on the one hand and working by himself other. Is fairly team oriented but has no difficulty being alone. Invests healthily in friendships and contacts but not at any cost; knows when to be to the point and when to be amicable. Is unlikely to see a friend in everybody. Likes to communicate to a certain extent but knows when to be quiet. Values social events and networking but is unlikely to lose himself in such activities.


  • individual
  • likes solitude
  • functional communicator
  • reserved
  • selective in relationships
Needs to maintain a limited number of relationships; is individually oriented, likes to be alone. Values quality in friendships, not quantity. Communicates when needed and only what is necessary; is rather reserved than amicable when meeting with other people, has the ability to be quiet. Prefers smaller groups over crowds; may be a bit stiff or shy among other people. Evaluates people carefully before regarding them as friends, applies strict criteria for friendships, is cautious in selecting relationships.
Possible Pitfall:
Social empathy
The extent to which the person has a, not necessarily functional, intrinsic interest in people‟s problems and in analyzing other people‟s behavior.


  • intrinsically empathetic
  • very diplomatic and intuitive
  • natural listener with social antennae
Has a need to understand other people's character, motivations and experiences. Is sincerely interested in others, intrinsically empathetic, sensitive and well able to sympathize or to see through others. Has well developed social antennae. Approaches other people's feelings tactfully; has no difficulty putting himself in someone else's place. Tends to ask further questions, listens carefully. Is very intuitive and has well developed diplomatic skills. May let other people's problems prevail too much and have difficulty taking decisions that have tough consequences for others.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced intrinsic and functional empathy
  • fairly intuitive and diplomatic
Finds a balance between empathizing with others intrinsically and functionally; will not lose himself in other people's problems but is reasonably sensitive to them. Will communicate frankly or with sensitivity for the other person's feelings, depending on the situation. Listens and asks further questions to a certain extent. Is fairly intuitive and diplomatic. Knows when to let people's personal interests and when to let business interests prevail. Dares to make tough decisions that may have a negative impact on others when necessary; is able to present them tactfully.


  • straightforward and functional
  • responds to visible behavior
  • focused on business interests
Focuses on facts and functionality; responds to concrete, visible behavior. Can be blunt in his communication; is very straightforward, may seem to lack subtlety. Is straightforward in his approach; is usually only empathetic when functionally required. Has no difficulty placing business interests before other people's personal interests and feelings. Has little difficulty making unpopular decisions or communicating tough messages that may have negative consequences for other people.
Possible Pitfall:
Stress management & pressure
The extent to which the person can manage pressure and stressful situations.


  • very stable
  • sometimes stoical
  • sees problems and complaints in perspective
  • immune to stress
  • delivers under pressure
Is driven by excitement. Handles external pressure very well; is stable, not easily unbalanced even under severe pressure. Is unlikely to regard complaints or problems as urgent; sees problems in perspective, sometimes plays down larger problems. May come across as stoical or indifferent. Works better under constraint or with deadlines; has difficulty functioning in a dull or quiet environment. Tends to leave a task alone until the very last moment.
Possible Pitfall:

  • handles stress well without being stoical
  • pays attention to most problems
Is able to handle both stressful and uneventful situations, and to perform under a certain amount of pressure. Will not immediately lose her cool when put under stress but is unlikely to remain stoical under all circumstances. Is perceptive to complaints and problems and tends to respond to them adequately; prioritizes or pays attention to them depending on the situation. Works best in an environment where pressure and excitement are balanced with peace and calm.


  • need for peace and calm
  • committed
  • prioritizes problems and complaints
  • concerned
Has a strong need for a peaceful and calm work environment in order to perform. Pressure and hectic situations may lead to an emotional response, even to panic. Is very committed; quickly sees the urgency of problems and complaints – even minor ones. Is unlikely to ever play them down or put them in perspective; will rather prioritize them out of concern. Has no difficulty with uneventful circumstances.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person needs variety.


  • need to spread attention and for variation
  • easily distracted
  • curious
  • oriented at surroundings
Is driven by variety and variation in tasks and surroundings. Often likes to do something new and avoids beaten tracks. Possesses a pioneer's mind and innovative powers and may, therefore, have difficulties with concentration and with setting priorities. May be easily distracted but has little difficulties being disturbed at work. Is open to change and new things. Is curious and interested in the unknown. Has an eye for his surroundings and usually a helicopter vision.
Possible Pitfall:

  • focus and variation balanced
  • healthy curiosity
  • reasonable attention for surroundings
Is able to either spread his attention or focus on a limited number of tasks. Prioritizes when necessary and is able to concentrate when the situation calls for it. Appreciates stability but handles change reasonably well. Has a healthy interest in new matters and experiences and a reasonable eye for his surroundings.


  • sharp focus
  • little need to spread attention
  • concentrated
  • loyal
Is driven by focus on tasks and surroundings. Is well able to concentrate, finds it difficult to be disturbed. Prefers to work on a limited number of tasks and rather finishes something before engaging in something new. Sets priorities easily. Occasionally loses sight of his surroundings due to his strict focus. Has little need for new or unknown experiences and some difficulty with change as such. Rather sticks to what is familiar and is, therefore, a loyal employee.
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