Do you know your dark sides? – Imaginative

Coaching the Imaginative scale
The dark sides of personality is measured in the Hogan Development Survey. The dark side of personality Imaginative

The Hogan Imaginative scale is one of the eleven scales in the Hogan Development Survey (HDS), which is a measure of the dark side of personality. The Imaginative scale measures an individual’s creativity, unconventional thinking, and ideation. It assesses the extent to which individuals offer creative solutions and divergent perspectives.

Those scoring high on this scale often exhibit a remarkable capacity for innovation, bursting with imaginative ideas that can inject vitality into professional environments.

Individuals with high scores on the Imaginative scale bring a unique flavour to problem-solving, offering original solutions that may challenge conventional norms. Their creativity becomes a valuable asset in situations requiring ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking. This trait, when harnessed effectively, can lead to breakthrough innovations and a dynamic approach to challenges.

However, the Imaginative scale also presents potential drawbacks. High scorers may occasionally proffer opinions or solutions prematurely before a comprehensive understanding of the problem is achieved. Their enthusiasm for creative thinking might lead them to overlook the need for a structured assessment. Striking a balance becomes crucial to ensure that their innovative ideas are well-timed and grounded in a solid understanding of the context.

In the context of professional development, the Imaginative scale underscores the importance of fostering creativity while instilling a sense of timing and discernment. Recognising and channelling this trait can lead to a workplace enriched with fresh perspectives, original solutions, and a culture that values creativity.

However, a thoughtful approach is necessary to mitigate the risk of untimely or impractical contributions, ensuring a harmonious integration of imagination into the broader landscape of personal and professional growth.

To enhance their leadership effectiveness and improve relationships with others, individuals with high scores on the Imaginative scale can consider the following coaching strategies:

First  – Seek out feedback

Your ideas may not be as apparent to others. Seek feedback to improve comprehension and assess the personal cost of being eccentric or non-conforming.

Second – Use one-to-one conversations

Focus on communicating ideas in one-on-one settings, not groups, and avoid “shooting from the hip” when presenting ideas. Be aware of the difference between your intention and the impact it may have.

Third – Be realistic

Practice evaluating the applicability and implementation of your ideas when working with others, walk through your ideas in a step-by-step fashion, making sure to cover every step from idea to implementation, in order to determine the applicability of your ideas.

Fourth – Team composition

Try surrounding yourself with people who can execute your ideas and make sure each idea comes with a practical implementation plan.


High scorers often believe that others find their unique perspectives and creative fantasies charming and engaging. While their strengths lie in creativity, imagination, and problem-solving, their shortcomings may include poor communication and ideas that are too “wild,” leading people to lose confidence in their judgment.


For those in search of additional insights into unexplored dark sides or seeking guidance on refining coaching strategies, our team is ready to provide support. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here whenever it suits you.

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