Do you know your dark sides?  – Leisurely

Coaching the Leisurely Scale
The dark sides of personality is measured in the Hogan Development Survey. Know your dark side. Coaching the Leisurely.

In the Hogan Development Survey (HDS) one of the eleven scales is the Leisurely scale which measures an individual’s tendency to be overtly pleasant, cooperative, and expect mistreatment and unappreciation.

Individuals with high scores on the Leisurely scale often exhibit a relaxed and easy-going approach to life. They are characterised by a preference for procrastination and a penchant for indulging in leisure activities. This predisposition towards leisurely pursuits can manifest as an excessive use of free time, which may impact productivity and the timely completion of tasks. Despite these potential drawbacks, individuals with a high Leisurely score are adept at treating others with charm and grace, fostering positive interpersonal relationships.

In a professional context, the leisurely disposition can have both positive and challenging implications. On the positive side, these individuals bring a sense of calm and amiability to team dynamics. Their charm can contribute to a harmonious work environment. However, challenges arise when deadlines loom, as a preference for leisure can make it difficult for them to respond promptly to feedback or meet urgent requests. This can create tension, especially in fast-paced work settings.

Navigating the complexities of the Leisurely scale requires a delicate balance. While the charm and relaxed attitude contribute to a positive work atmosphere, individuals need to be mindful of the potential pitfalls. Awareness and strategic self-management become crucial for personal and professional growth, ensuring that the leisurely traits enhance rather than hinder success.

To improve their effectiveness and interpersonal relationships, individuals with high scores on the Leisurely scale can consider the following coaching strategies:

First – Don’t Jump to Conclusions about Trust

It’s important not to jump to conclusions about who to trust. While being pleasant and cooperative, individuals should exercise caution and take the time to observe and understand others before fully trusting them. Building trust gradually and based on consistent actions can help avoid potential mistreatment or disappointment.

Second – Understand the Value of Direct Communication

Not speaking up when disagreeing can be problematic. While it’s natural to want to maintain pleasantness and avoid confrontation, it’s essential to express disagreements or concerns in a more direct and assertive manner. By respectfully sharing opinions and feedback, individuals can contribute to open and honest communication within teams.

Third – Seek Others’ Opinions and Avoid Saying “Yes” When It’s a “No”

To avoid potential misunderstandings and unfulfilled expectations, individuals should seek the opinions of others and be honest about their own feelings and limitations. It’s important to bridge the gap between what one feels internally and what one says or does externally. By aligning their words and actions, individuals can enhance clarity and prevent confusion or anger among team members.

Fourth – Think of Others and Follow Through on Commitments

Leisurely individuals should be mindful of the impact of their actions on others. Failing to follow through on commitments can leave others confused or angry. By prioritising reliability and demonstrating consistency in meeting obligations, individuals can build trust and maintain harmonious relationships within their teams.


Coaching behavioural change for individuals with high scores on the Leisurely scale involves encouraging them to balance their natural charm and cooperative nature with effective communication, assertiveness, and follow-through. By developing these skills, they can leverage their strengths while addressing their shortcomings to become more effective team players and trusted colleagues.


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