Procrastination and Personality Styles

Procrastination and Personality Styles

The styles presented here come from Corporate Coach U’s Personal Coaching Styles Inventory that was developed by CoachWorks International.


“Presenters know everyone who is important; they love to talk to anyone about anything. Being animated, energetic, and spontaneous, they like to have everything be fun. They are excellent communicators and can be very persuasive. They like variety, are curious and sometimes impulsive.”

Because Presenters love new ideas, creativity, and excitement, they love to start things, but lack the energy/interest/focus to finish them and will procrastinate with the details. This is the typical adrenalin junkie.


“Directors like to be in control. They are results oriented and possibility thinkers. They can see the strategic advantages and orchestrate the actions to beat the competition. They have a lot of drive, make good leaders, and are assertive and outspoken.”

Because of the Directors’ need for control, they will postpone tasks that someone else has decided upon, or tasks where the end result is questionable.


“Strategists are the thorough, painstaking, hardworking tacticians. They are expert analysts and problem solvers. They follow the rules and think things through slowly and carefully, questioning and evaluating nearly everything and everybody.”

The need for all the facts and the need for time to mull things over will cause Strategists to put things off until the last possible moment.


“Mediators are those personable people everyone seems to like. They are experts in their field and are sought out for advice because of that expertise. They make everyone in the group comfortable; they are patient and tolerant of other people.”

Because Mediators want to ensure that everyone is content and happy, they will put off public presentations, and will postpone activities that have potential for conflict.

Which of these procrastination styles do you relate to?


Instead of concentrating on what is not going well, it works far better to focus on what is really working, and discovering how to have more of that. A creative way to get to what you want more of, is to use the Appreciative Inquiry method. Click here to link to an article What is Appreciative Inquiry”.

If you are the leader of a team you might want to experiment with appreciative inquiry in your group planning. Click here to link to an article  “Appreciative Inquiry with Teams” The process gives team members energy, enthusiasm and optimism, a rare commodity in large organizations these days.

The questions below provide an example of the appreciative inquiry approach specifically designed to get beyond procrastination. Try it!

Coaching Questions to Stimulate Reflection About Your Life

Appreciative Inquiry Questions

  1. Can you describe a time when you were so excited, alive and committed about a project that you just dove in and got it completed immediately? Extract principles of success. (Discover)
  2. What possibilities for success do you see in this? Where could you go with this? (Dream)
  3. What needs to happen so that success can occur? (Design)
  4. Are you committed to do what it takes to have what you want? What does that look like? How will you know you have been successful? (Deliver)

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