DiSC© is a powerful tool that is easy to understand because it simplifies the complexity of human behavior. The concepts are easy and anyone who has the desire to learn more about themselves can apply these to the workplace.
The DiSC© model was originally created by Dr. William Marston in the 1920’s. During his research and work in psychology, emotions, and behavior, he identified four “primary emotions” and associated behavioral responses, which today we know as Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientious or more familiarly as DiSC.
In the workplace, you will notice that each style approaches their work with different priorities and stress triggers that shapes how they approach their work. Knowing more about your own style will help you to make more meaningful connections with others whose style is same or different from your style.
Let’s break down the four personality or behavioral styles in a way that most of us can easily understand because we either are one or we personally know one or more styles.
Variety in the type of work they do is critical for people who like to plan and who can’t do the same task for hours on end. “D”’s are big picture risk takers, who do an excellent job of juggling various tasks and integrating different ideas into a cohesive whole. Their communication style is direct, and they will share their opinion on an issue without hesitation. You will notice they like to work with little or no supervision. This style is at their best when they can serve as the leader
People with the “I” style are often high-energy and enthusiastic and able to influence with humor, stories, and appealing to people’s emotions. They are a powerhouse of passion and can brighten up the workplace, home, or social gatherings with their desire to see people feeling happy and productive. This style is all about relationships and enjoys an unstructured environment with the opportunity to try new methods and alternatives. People enjoy working with this style because they are free spirited and most often willing to take risks.
The Steadiness style is highly organized, detail-oriented, and organizes tasks sequentially. They often find flaws in presentations that were overlooked by others, and they are great at project planning. This style likes to make lists and will sometimes write tasks on their completed "To Do" list just so they can mark them off as ‘Done’. Relationships are important to the “S” style. Show that you are open to ideas and that you like them and their work. They are loyal team players and are often thought of as hardworking, reliable, and patient.
Someone who is a Conscientious style thinks very linear and analytical. They want "just the facts without the fluff," and have never met data they didn’t like. When you work with a “C”, notice how they analyze every decision and direction. Getting it done is not the goal; getting it perfect is. Productivity is at a slow and steady pace. A “C” prefers to receive information and reports in writing, and in detail. They like to generate systems that allow for efficiency and efficacy. The C style is goal-driven and doesn’t want to stop until the work is completed.