The 15FQ+ Derailer Report is a brief screening tool that identifies individuals whose personalities present a risk of undermining the organisation’s success and derailing team performance. It identifies twelve behavioural syndromes that can impair a person’s performance and present challenges for the team or organisation the individual is working in.
Eccentric – Absent-minded: Disdainful of practical matters, prone to generate fanciful ideas, forgetful, unconventional, lacking realism.
Appeasing– Acquiescent: Passive, unassertive, keen to placate others, requires high levels of support and reassurance, lacking self-confidence.
Suspicious – Mistrustful: Cynical, guarded, prone to be impatient, intolerant and to have difficulty forming trusting mutually supportive relationships.
Volatile – Explosive: tense-driven, lacking in frustration tolerance and social restraint, direct, forthright, temperamental, unpredictable.
Undisciplined – Nonconformist: Not bound by organisational rules regulations and procedures, inattentive to detail, prone to make careless mistakes.
Detached – Disengaged: Distant, aloof, socially inhibited, prone to dislike team work and to avoid forming close personal relationships.
Rigid – Perfectionistic: Lacking expediency, inflexible, wedded to existing systems and procedures, unlikely to take a holistic, strategic view.
Confrontational – Challenging: Lacking in tact and diplomacy, forceful and pushy, domineering, inclined to upset others, insensitive.
Manipulative – Machiavellian: Political, prone to question others’ motive, reluctant to deal with people in an open and upfront manner.
Avoidant – Passive: anxious, prone to self-doubt, threat sensitive, reluctant to express own views and opinions, socially avoidant.
Arrogant – Self-centred: Prone to ‘perform to the gallery’ and show off, opinionated, egotistical, inclined to dominate discussions.
Moody – Sullen: Emotional, changeable, pessimistic, lacking energy and drive, fearful of failure, reluctant to take decisions, dour, forlorn.
While these behavioural syndromes have been developed from research into personality disorders, the Derailer Report is not a clinical tool. Rather, it applies these concepts to the world of work, detailing how these syndromes can affect an individual’s behaviour in work settings.
Although the behavioural syndromes identified in the Derailer Report typically present significant challenges in most organisations and employment contexts, it should be noted that such syndromes can also be characteristic of high achievers. (Such individuals may however require ongoing mentoring and support if they are not to destabilise their colleagues and the organisation they are working in). The Derailer Report should therefore be interpreted in the context of the specific job role that the individual is being assessed for, and with reference to the organisational culture they will be working in.
A Sample of the Derailer Report is below:
Derailer Report Sample