Whilst we know that there is a lot of behavioural diversity in any group of people, it is also clear that there are overall behavioural tendencies which can characterise our perception of a whole country.
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The steadiness (s) style culture
I’d like to suggest two Steady Style countries that seem to have emphasised this lifestyle as a cultural norm resulting in a disproportionate number of such individual styles – Poland and Spain. Both cultures have historically found ways to get along with foreign elements while methodically plodding forward in the direction expected, even though others have often dictated that direction in the short run.
The Polish people are world famous for their friendly, hard-working perseverance despite the obstacles that may confront them. And, the Spanish people make others feel at home while practicing such distinctive customs as their renowned midday siestas. Taking siestas actually allows them to go home to their families during the workday. This is consistent with the preferred slower lifestyle of this temperament, without disrupting the differing customs of guests in their homeland.
Citizens of both countries are known in their native lands and elsewhere for their neighbourhood restaurants and extensive group social activities.
The steadiness style – distinguishing characeristics
Compare the following distinguishing characteristics of the Steady Style which describe people you know who’ve been influenced directly by their own ethnic, social group, or cultural roots:
- Easygoing: calm, measured, low-key behavior and outlook
- Slower paced: wait until they know the steps or guidelines before acting, then move forward in a pre-set manner
- Patient: tend to define themselves by their desire for stable relationships with others; often view problems or concerns as workable
- Predictable: favour routine and stable conditions and practices
- Persevering: likely to stick to a project for longer periods of time or at least until the concrete results have been produced
- Modest: less likely to “blow their own trumpets”, but are often appreciative when others sincerely acknowledge their contributions
- Accommodating: like to get along with others through predictable role relationships
- Neighbourly: prefer friendly, pleasant, helpful working relationships
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