Stress and the McQuaig Temperament Scales (part 2)

Stress and the McQuaig Temperament Scales (part 2)

This is the second blog in a two-part series that looks at how an individual’s underlying temperament impacts their stress levels.

In part one we focused on the Dominant <> Accepting and Sociable <> Analytical scales. Click here to see part one.

Today we will look at:

  1. Relaxed <> Driving
  2. Compliant <> Independent scales.

Common activities that people with different McQuaig traits will find stressful are listed below.

Relaxed

People who are strong on the Relaxed Scale are patient and steady-paced. They will find stress in activities where:

  • They are thrown a lot of last-minute surprises
  • Schedules need to be flexible and the playing field changes constantly
  • There are tight deadlines and constant pressure

Driving

People who are strong on the Driving Scale are change agents with a high sense of urgency.

They will find stress in activities where:

  • The job entails a great deal of routine
  • Their manager is not open to suggestions for change
  • Projects have long time lines and they receive little feedback in the short term

Compliant

People who are strong on the Compliant Scale are structured and do things by the book.

They will find stress in activities where:

  • They are constantly being asked to bend the rules
  • Un-precedent decisions need to be made
  • Outside-the-box solutions are expected

Independent

People who are strong on the Independent Scale are self-reliant and unstructured.

They will find stress in activities where:

  • Tasks require a strong focus on detail
  • The environment is highly structured and policy-driven
  • Many approvals are required before moving forward

While a broad range of factors may contribute to an individual’s stress levels, important attention needs to be paid to the nature of the work itself.

A potentially high performer who is in a role that they are not temperamentally suited for, may feel anxiety, under perform and may eventually leave.

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About the Author:

Michael GravelleMichael Gravelle is a consultant for The McQuaig Institute. In addition to being featured in The Globe & Mail and Profit Magazine, he has written numerous articles on selection and assessment for such publications as The HR Professional, The Canadian Retailer and The HR Reporter.