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The Classic "S" Style

Highlights of the "Steadiness" Style (as a Co-Worker)

Emphasis: You tend to like to achieve stability and accomplish tasks by cooperating with others.

Tendencies –
  • Loyal

  • Patient

  • Develops specialized skills

  • Enjoys people, wants to help others

  • Performs in a consistent, predictable manner

Motivated by –
Primary Goals
  • Stability and security

  • Avoidance of conflict

  • When in conflict: desires harmony

  • Likes things to run smoothly

  • Wants everybody to do his or her fair share

  • Maintenance of status quo, unless given reasons for change

Fears –
  • Letting people down

  • Rapid change

Value to team –
  • They follow through

  • Team player who is empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others

  • Methodical and consistent when completing tasks

  • Generally a good listener

  • Can be a good salesperson (as promoter of products and technology)

  • Usually cooperative, collaborative, and easy to get along with

Limitations –
  • Can be indecisive, especially when there’s no consensus

  • Can be too accommodating (gives in) and indirect with their own needs

  • Can be resistant to/slow to adapt to new change—especially changes are not explained

  • May hamper creativity with a desire to stick to the rules

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Highlights of the "Steadiness" Style (as a Manager)

If you are an S-style manager, you may have these tendencies:


Strengths –

You tend to be...

  • a good listener

  • empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others

  • good with self-directed work team

  • appreciative of your people and good at communicating your appreciation

  • consistent in your leadership style

Limitations –


You may tend to be...

  • indecisive

  • indirect in your directions

  • hesitant to implement required changes

Development Priorities –

You may be more effective as a manager by...

  • becoming more assertive and direct

  • coping better with change

  • not carrying the burden of everyone’s problems

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