The Fiery Red Manager

What are the pros and cons of having a Fiery Red preference?

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To kick off an Ali Stewart & Co training programme we always start with Insights Discovery to help people understand themselves, understand others and learn about how their personality preferences affect their behaviour.

So we thought we would take a look at the positive (good day) and not so positive (bad day) behaviours of managers based on their personality preference.

This post gives an insight into the Fiery Red manager.

What is Fiery Red energy?

This colour preference is charactarised by the following adjectives:

  • Competitive
  • Demanding
  • Determined
  • Strong willed
  • Purposeful

They are active and move in a positive and forward direction. They have a strong determination that influences those they interact with and are single-minded in their focus on results. They approach others in a straightforward manner and will value competence, efficiency and effectiveness. When dealing with this type of manager they would prefer you to be brief, be bright and be gone!

What I appreciate about this energy

I’ve had a few managers like this and they can be extremely useful in that they will protect you from any nonsense coming down from the top. You are unlikely to be doing mindless stuff that gets you nowhere because your manager would have categorically said no. They will also defend you and the team to others if you do something wrong or make a mistake – then they will tell you off loudly.

When Fiery Red energy gets in the way

Once we understand the gifts of a Fiery Red manager we will appreciate that when these strengths become overused this energy can get in the way of high performance. On a bad day they will get in at 9am and by 9.05 they have left a trail of destruction behind with the receptionist in tears and a puzzled look on their face as if to say “What did I do?”. This manager under pressure will leak the following behaviours:

  • Aggressive
  • Controlling
  • Driving
  • Overbearing
  • Intolerant

Fiery Red energy and Liberating Leadership

The Fiery Red preference means that there will be a focus on high challenge rather than high support. This means that the team can be run ragged. If it were a horse it might be ridden until it keeled over. The challenge for the Fiery Red energy is to adopt a more supportive role, and take on board the softer skills that are required to develop a high performing team.

What is your experience of a Fiery Red manager? We would love to hear your thoughts.

You may also be interested in reading about:

The Sunshine Yellow Manager

The Earth Green Manager

The Cool Blue Manager

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7 Responses to “The Fiery Red Manager”


    Excellent blog well done. Interesting when you understand the colour energies to identify those you work with it is such a powerful tool to help you understand what makes people tick and how to get the best from them. We all have something special to offer in our own way, one man’s nightmare may be another’s gold.

    • Andy Britnell

      Thanks for your comment Emma.

      You reminded me of the quote ‘If we knew what made people tick we wouldn’t get so wound up!’

      Insights can unlock the gold and prevent the nightmares :)

  2. Lee Hamilton

    Entertaining, what’s the prognosis when I have a fiery red and a cool blue on the same team of equal seniority?

  3. Ali Stewart

    Hi Lee – these things are sent to try us!

    Understanding and valuing differences certainly helps.

    Communicating with each in the way they prefer to be communicated with allows each person to shine and be appreciated, otherwise the raw behaviours can grate, as you know.

    And all types are equally valid!

  4. Jim McCall

    I am an earthy green manager.
    My greatest challenge is working with fiery reds. I simply cannot understand them and they sure don’t understand me.
    My experience has shown me that they can be malicious and go after people they don’t like.
    Having said all that my objective would be to try and find one who has understanding of the insight idea and work together (as a green would like to do) to become a really power positive force in the company. I dream on………..

  5. Ali Stewart

    Hi Jim
    Hmm, an Earth Green manager struggling to work with Fiery Red types…. I love your comments, your frustration is palpable!
    I’ve come from having 100% Earth Green energy (and therefore zero Fiery Red!) myself, and over the last 11 years I’ve been trying so hard to value the gifts my opposite type. My Insights Discovery profile has really helped me, and now I use Fiery Red as my second preference – it is very liberating.
    It is well within your grasp to become that really power positive force in the company, it needn’t just be a dream . Great leaders tap into all four colour energies … just shout if you would like a chat.

    If there are any Fiery Red managers out there who can comment about their struggles with Earth Green energy – it would be great to hear from you!

    Best wishes


  6. Carolien

    Hi all,

    I am definitely fiery red. I can understand Jim. I now have someone in my project team who I think is earthy green. I perceive her as passive, not taking initiative, not being fully committed to her job, not taking ownership… It is very difficult for me to figure out what drives her. I easily tend to give up and think she just doesn’t have it in her. And as a result of her passiveness, I just put more pressure onto her which probably has the opposite effect. Could I be wrong here?


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