How to Coach the 'Driver' Personality

They're stubborn, domineering, impatient, insensitive, and short-tempered, with little time for formalities or niceties.

How To Coach The ‘Driver’ Personality
September 26, 2018 Rebecca Dawson

This is our final blog post on coaching the four different personality types in the workplace!

Today, we take a deep dive into the life of the Driver.

This individual is not concerned with how something is done, but what is being done, and what results can be expected. “What” is his or her battle cry. “What’s going on? What’s being done about it? What you should do is …!”

The driver personality is someone who tells it the way it is and is very persuasive. Watch out or you’ll be worn down and bowled over. A driver is task- rather than relationship-oriented and wants immediate results.

What are their strengths?

They’re extroverted, strong-willed, direct, practical, organised, forceful and decisive.

What are their weaknesses?

The Driver can be stubborn, domineering, impatient, insensitive, and short-tempered, with little time for formalities or niceties. He or she can also be demanding, opinionated, controlling, and uncompromising – or even overbearing, cold, and harsh.

How do I coach a Driver?

The Driver’s pleasure is power, control, and respect. His or her pain is loss of respect, lack of results, and the feeling that he or she is being taken advantage of. When communicating with a Driver:

  • Focus on the task
  • Talk about expected results
  • Be businesslike and factual
  • Provide concise, precise, and organised information
  • Discuss and answer “what” questions
  • Argue facts, not feelings
  • Don’t waste time
  • Don’t argue details
  • Provide options

 

If you’d like to learn more about the four personalities, you can download our coaching personalities whitepaper for free here.

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