Leading modules


Module 2 “Am I a leader?” – Leadership skills

Unit 3: Being proactive?
Characteristics of Proactive and Reactive people

In this sub-unit we are going to see the characteristics of the two types of behaviour, presenting them in the table below:

Proactive  Reactive  
DO NOT BLAME anyone or anything 

MAKE their choices based on values 

Value based choices 

Stay focused on their values 

Take action about things they can control 

Take responsibility 

BLAME circumstances and conditioning 

MAKE their choices based on feelings 

BUILD their lives around others’ emotions 

Find difficult to stay focused as they are dependent on others 

Complain about things which are out of their control 

Reflect on the above characteristics, and remember them while establishing your team you will be working with.

characteristics of proactive and reactive people

According to Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 habits of highly effective people, “Reactive people are often affected by their physical environment. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn’t, it affects their attitude and performance. Proactive people carry their own weather with them.”

On the other hand, when we talk about proactive people, we need to bear in mind, that they concern themselves with things are inside their sphere of influence, instead of getting disturbed by things they do not have control about.