The dark side of personality, measured by the Hogan Development Survey (HDS), consists of qualities that emerge in times of increased strain. Left unchecked, these can disrupt relationships, damage reputations, and derail people’s chances of success. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognize and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

When the pressure’s on, the line between strength and weakness isn’t always clear — drive becomes ruthless ambition, and attention to detail becomes micromanaging. The dark side of personality derails careers and companies, but it doesn’t have to. Organizations around the world rely on the HDS to identify derailers that disrupt or interfere with effective performance.

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The Hogan Development Survey is a proven assessment tool that uses 11 personality scales and 33 subscales to help leaders recognize shortcomings, maximize strengths, and build successful teams.


seem calm to the point of appearing to lack passion or urgency

display dramatic emotional peaks and valleys regarding people and projects


seem trusting to the point of naïveté

are negative or cynical and expect to be betrayed


are willing to take risks without adequate risk assessment

are reluctant to take risks, regardless of risk assessment


are too concerned about the feelings of others

are indifferent to the feelings of others


appear to lack an agenda or direction

are passive-aggressive and agenda driven


appear to lack self-confidence and resolve

seem assertive, self-promoting, and overly self-confident


are conservative, compliant, and likely unadventurous

are impulsive, limit testing, and at times, devious


are modest, unassuming, quiet, and self-restrained

are attention-seeking, dramatic, and socially prominent


are practical, rely on routine, and often lack new ideas

may seem impractical, unpredictable, and offer unusual ideas


have poor attention to detail and tend to over delegate

may be inclined to micromanage


are overly independent and seem to resent authority

are excessively eager to please superiors