Pacesetter (Overextended Pattern 13 A)
Outlier Personality Types

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Introduction:

The Outlier family is associated with patterns that lay outside the national norm. This means everyone in the Outlier family will see less of themselves in those around them simply because you don’t see these styles as often as you see the 15 styles associated with the 4 families.

Strengths:

The Pacesetter pattern requires a responsible atmosphere and their approach is interrogative. They fear being distracted, reproved, or being second best depending on the intensity and over and under extensions (listed below). They can be preoccupied with gaining authority and control (The Taskmaster – Over Extension), setting the example (The Pacesetter), or keeping people in line (The Troublemaker – Under Extension). They work very hard, get things done on time, are very deliberate, are no nonsense, logical, factual, finishers. The Pacesetter is introverted and left/right brain integrated (conflicted). They are quiet and detachedly curious while withholding emotional reactions.

Overextended Pattern – Taskmaster 13 A:

The Taskmaster (sociopathic tendencies) will force committments from others rather than seeking to develop satisfying relationships; impeding the gradual development of productive activity by being impatient and critical. They demand extraordinary efforts from others, showing little consideration for possible burn-out of these people; singling out those who resist by giving them the cold shoulder. They discipline hard, backing them up against the wall giving them little or no opportunity to save face. They pin people tightly, causing them to react with fight and hostility. They stifle creative people with excessive demands that any new or imaginative ideas must be subject to their rigorous examination; failing to accommodate others; causing them to turn away and become loyal to the Taskmasters opposition.

Under-Extended Pattern – Trouble Maker 13 F:

The Trouble Maker (sociopathic tendencies) will force committments from others rather than seeking to develop satisfying relationships; impeding the gradual development of productive activity by being impatient and critical. They demand extraordinary efforts from others, showing little consideration for possible burn-out of these people; singling out those who resist by giving them the cold shoulder. They will say “no” without providing any explanation; generally being viewed by others as undemonstrative; finding it difficult to sell their ideas or to generate any enthusiasm in others. They will cut short the comments of others; finishing their sentences for them, expressing a desire to move on to more “important” things. They will lose support from those who contend that they are abrupt and inflexible. They show little to no interest in pleasing others, projecting, instead, a stubborn and opinionated position; perhaps having concern for people, but lacking the skill to express it.

Weaknesses:

The Pacesetter will be impatient with those who dilly-dally. They prefer to ignore uncooperative people; excluding them from important considerations and will give cursory attention only to the exact role they could assume in the project. They minimize personal contacts with others; avoid developing deep ties with people, fearing loss of time and prefer to work quietly and alone. They are impossible to read and are by and large frustrated with most people types. They are cold, blunt, tactless, and find it very difficult to cultivate relationships or create any buy in to their ideas.

Romantic Relationships:

The Pacesetter desires a serious relationship with no head-games. They are looking for mutual respect; appearing willing and compliant to a loved one and are relatively easy to live with. They are far less emotional and will hold inside difficult conversations until they cannot any longer. They will choose to side step touchy-feely situations. They can be matter of fact and blunt when upset. They will live and act as if their brain is in constant transition; looking frustrated with simple things. They need someone they trust, but find it difficult to trust anyone. They struggle with intimacy even though they can be passionate.

Friendships:

The Pacesetter seeks friendships that are uncomplicated, built on trust, and require no maintenance. They are introverted and will resent the use of valuable time that is needed in social activities. They will depend upon others to manage their social life and tend to be highly misunderstood by casual listeners. They will project sharply defined interests and will turn some people off by their frank demeanor. They will be quick to identify distinctions and inconsistencies in the conclusions of others and use others’ shortcomings as a reason to avoid personal involvement with their activities.

Parenthood:

The Pacesetter desires an organized environment; willing to assist in efforts to make the home attractive and functional; they enjoy children and are serious about their upbringing; appear calm and low-key when disciplining children. They may be somewhat uninvolved in fruitless activity being content to stand by and watch. They like to read and be separate for periods of time. Extended (see above) patterns within this style can be verbally brutal, abusive, or condescending toward children. They will develop children without getting emotionally attached or highly involved. They can be smug and will expect the children to fail rather than succeed.

Career Paths:

The Pacesetter seeks to understand complex problems; appear impatient with routine details once the project gets underway; become more cooperative when given an efficient support staff; use intuition rather than pure logic to increase their understanding. They prefer engineering, systems development, medical science, and conceptual consultation.

Workplace Habits:

The Pacesetter habits include wanting guarantees of minimal interference, insisting on proving “hunches” with supporting data, invent methods, and prefer to leave building and production processes to others.

Conclusion:

The Pacesetter can be difficult to work with overall and extremely difficult if the style is over or under extended. They are intolerant of others who are over-emotional or bluff their way through life. They deal with people in blunt ways seeing them as more an object than a person. They make choices based on thinking and less on feeling. They implement solutions, seldom counting the cost of personal wellbeing in terms of time and energy.