Results: Q2 Boss

Behavior Questionnaire Results

To better understand how behavior was determined for the person you have chosen, we recommend that you read about Psychological Associates’ Dimensional Model of Behavior.

Q2 Manager: Avoids/Low Regard Behavior

Based upon your responses, when scored against our Dimensional Model, your manager most often exhibits an avoids/low regard style of behavior. This style of management would be positioned in the Q2 quadrant of our Dimensional Model. In our terminology, your manager is displaying Q2 behavior.


Key Characteristics of Q2 Manager Behavior

Q2 tries to stay out of the line of fire — the best defense is to find a deep trench and stay in it! Q2 behavior is all about keeping the status quo.

See if any of these Q2 behaviors seem familiar:

  • Postponing decisions. Putting off a decision is a safer course than making one.
  • Keeping at a distance. When a manager’s behavior patterns fall in Q2, he/she is seldom seen and little heard.
  • Displaying reluctance to change. Traditional, safe, tried-and-true methods are the usual solution to any problem for managers retreating to Q2 behavior.
  • Giving little feedback. Q2 rarely lets direct reports know where they stand, one way or the other. Undesirable behavior is seldom punished, desirable behavior seldom rewarded.


Other indicators of Q2 behavior:

  • Displaying pessimism about improving peoples’ performance
  • Using fear of higher authority to get results
  • Maintaining the status quo.


Suggestions for Dealing with a Q2 Boss

  • Move slowly. Suggest small steps. Go easy on change, new ideas, and innovation.
  • Don’t be too sociable.
  • Gain trust by your actions.
  • Put proposals in writing—allow time for revision.
  • Don’t surprise him.
  • Employ open-end questions, pauses, and brief summaries. Go easy on closed-end questions.


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