DiSC Personality Types
Understanding your own DiSC personality type/behavioural type, is the first step to becoming more effective when working with others. Learning other people’s DiSC personality helps you identify their priorities and how they differ from yours.
Where do you think you are on the DiSC model?
Ask yourself the following two questions:
1. Are you more Active or Thoughtful?
2. Are you more Questioning or Accepting?
Combine your two answers, which letter quadrant do you fit into on the below DiSC model?
The Four Main DiSC Personality types
The four main DiSC personality types are categorised as
D – Dominance
i – influence
S – Steadiness
C – Conscientiousness
Everything DiSC is differentiated from other DiSC profiles by its little ‘i’.
The D style is motivated by results, action and challenges. Listen to the podcast to learn more about the ‘D’ style.
A person with a D style
- Enjoys winning and individual success
- Taking on challenges and taking action
- Obtaining immediate results
- Is direct, strong willed, forceful and can be stubborn
- Isn’t interested in the details
- Can be impatient
- Fears being taken advantage of
- Finds it harder to display sensitivity
When communicating with the D style, be brief and direct and focus on the solutions rather than problem.
The i style is motivated by enthusiasm, action and collaboration. Listen to the podcast here to find out more about the ‘i’ style
A person with an i style
- Is optimistic
- Likes to work in collaboration with others
- Is very enthusiastic, upbeat and has high energy
- Expressive in communicating
- Seeks approval and popularity
- Quite often impulsive with a lack of seeing projects through to completion
- Enjoys group activities and meeting new people
- Values friendship
- Can be overwhelming
- Can be disorganised and misses details
- Fears rejection or being ignored
When communicating with the i style, don’t overload them with details, be upbeat and focus on the positives, allow them time to talk and discuss their opinions.
The S style is motivated by support, stability and collaboration. Listen to the podcast here to find out more about the ‘S’ style.
A person with an S style
- Place high value on support
- Are good listeners
- Patient and accommodating
- Is dependable and consistent
- Gives in too easily
- Avoids expressing their true opinions
- Fears letting people down
- Can be indecisive and slow to respond to change
- Dislikes confrontation
When communicating with the S style, be polite, personal and clarify your expectations.
The C style is motivated by Accuracy, stability and challenge. Listen to the podcast here to learn more about the ‘C’ style.
A person with a C style
- Places a high priority on accuracy and details
- Experts in their field
- They are starter-finishers
- They are systematic and logical
- Value quality and high standards
- Are rational and diplomatic
- Enjoys opportunities to increase their knowledge
- Fears criticism and being wrong
- Can isolate themselves
- Can be slower to make decisions
- Can be overly sceptical
- Display strong emotions if under pressure
When communicating with the C style, provide them with all of the details, be thorough and be patient.
Everyone is a blend of all four DiSC Personality types
Although you may show a strong inclination for one/two styles, everyone is a blend of all four DiSC styles, so you may show behaviours from each of the other quadrants and are able to adapt your styles accordingly, although some may be easier to adapt to than others. All DiSC personality types are equal and valuable in their own ways and can be influenced by factors such as life experiences, education and maturity.
The DiSC model can be further divided into 12 different regions where a person’s dot may be located.
Di: convincing and daring
iD: animated and inspiring
iS: upbeat and lighthearted
Si: supportive and agreeable
SC: modest and unassuming
CS: quiet and self-controlled
CD: unsentimental and matter-of-fact
DC: resolute and strong-willed
A dot’s distance from the edge of the circle shows how naturally inclined a person is to encompass the characteristics of his/her style. The further away from the centre the dot is (e.g near the edge of the circle) the stronger that person’s inclusion to that particular style. No dot location is better than another. Your DiSC profile will detail more about your particular style and your stressors and motivators.
For more information on DiSC and the benefits click here.
- Increase self-awareness
- Assist with personal development
- Learn more about others
- Improve performance
“…Without doubt Everything DiSC is by far the most valuable tool I have ever come across. Everyone should know about and use the model and no workplace should be without it.”
Thérèse Hoyle, Leadership Coach and Education Consultant, Therese Hoyle Consultancies
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