Social talents

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.
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  • 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
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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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