What are Drivers?

If you found our download guide on Kahler’s Five Drivers interesting, you might also want to consider your personal drivers.  We’ve put together this simple questionnaire to help you identify which of the five driver types you naturally have a preference for.  Or more likely, which blend of drivers you have.

This is not a researched or validated questionnaire, more a bit of fun for you to consider your strongest drivers – and the pros and cons of each one.

Answer the following questions by indicating Yes, No or Occasionally next to the question, we’ll do some maths and give you your results.

Be Perfect people draw energy from doing the ‘right’ things. We aim for perfection in everything, check carefully, produce accurate work and set high standards. The drawback to this driver is sometimes we miss deadlines because we are still checking our work.

We tend to have a weak sense of priorities and insist everything is done perfectly.

This working style means we are nice to have around because we are so understanding. We use intuition a lot and will notice body language and other signals that others may overlook. The drawbacks to this are serious, we avoid the slightest risk of upsetting someone.

We may be so cautious with criticism that our information is ignored.

People with Hurry Up styles like to do everything as quickly as they can, which means we get a lot done. We are energised by having deadlines to meet, and always seem able to fit in extra tasks. However, give us time to spare and we delay starting until the job becomes urgent.

This can backfire because in our haste we make mistakes.

Be Strong individuals have the ability to stay calm in any circumstance. We are driven by the need to cope with crises, difficult people, and will work steadily through any workload.

However, our desire to have everything under control means we can come across as aloof and may not always ask for help.

Try Hard people are enthusiastic, we get involved in lots of different activities, and tend to volunteer for things. We are energised by having something new to try. But sometimes we turn small jobs into major projects because we want to chase every possibility.

We may even become bored with the detailed work that follows, even to the point of leaving work undone so we can move on to a new, exciting activity.