Meet Davide. Davide likes results. He infrequently spends time chit-chatting with co-workers, because he thinks it is a waste of valuable time. When Davide arrives at work he gets right to business – don’t get in his way. Others he works with tend to think he can be a little cold and intimidating, but he sees his behavior as being efficient and doesn’t necessarily see it as an issue. Sometimes his team gets frustrated that he sets a direction and then quickly changes his mind when he gets more information. If you asked Davide’s coworkers what they like most about working with him, they would say he isn’t afraid to make unpopular decisions or tough calls.

How can you tell someone is a Driver communicator?
Even though Drivers can be viewed as intimidating, be careful of stereotyping them as “jerks”. They care about people, but do it by following through and getting things done on time. You can certainly count on a Driver’s dependability. If you think you know someone who is a Driver communicator, use these tips to improve your interactions.

5 Ways to Communicate Better with Drivers

  1. Have a plan. Know what you want.
  2. Execute your plan. Ask for what you want.
  3. Be fast. Get in and get out.
  4. Keep it high. Don’t get stuck in the weeds with detail.
  5. Acknowledge. Recognize his or her intelligence. I have only included a snippet of the assertiveness and responsiveness behaviors of a Driver and what can be done to communicate better with a person of this style.  To use this model effectively I recommend any of the following: