DiSC® profiles explained: At KnowledgeWorkx, we view DiSC® as a psychometric tool that is to be used as part of a holistic solution. A means to an end rather than something to be used as a stand-alone tool. Here you will find an outline of what it is and how you can use it to advance your company.
What is DiSC®?
The letters DiSC® stand for quadrants that are key pointers to peoples behaviors. It helps you to figure out who you are and what your drivers, fears and objectives are as you collaborate with other people.
"D" is for Dominance
If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile test, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having a 'D' style means for you than what is presented here. But this can be a handy page to link to and to let others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.
People with the 'D' style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results.
A person with a "D" style
is motivated by winning, competition and success.
prioritizes accepting challenge, taking action and achieving immediate results.
is described as direct, demanding, forceful, strong willed, driven, and determined, fast-paced, and self-confident.
may be limited by lack of concern for others, impatience and open skepticism.
may fear being seen as vulnerable or being taken advantage of.
values competency, action, concrete results, personal freedom, challenges.
control of audience
Needs others who:
weigh pros and cons
deliberate before deciding
recognize the needs of others
When communicating with the 'D' style individuals, give them the bottom line, be brief, focus your discussion narrowly, avoid making generalizations, refrain from repeating yourself, and focus on solutions rather than problems.
DiSC® Classic Patterns: Developer, Results Orientated, Inspirational and Creative
"i" is for Influence
If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having an 'i' style means for you than what is presented here. But this can be a fun page to link to and have others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.
People with the 'i' style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.
A person with an "i" style
is motivated by social recognition, group activities, and relationships.
prioritizes taking action, collaboration, and expressing enthusiasm.
is described as convincing, magnetic, enthusiastic, warm, trusting and optimistic.
may be limited by being impulsive and disorganized and having lack of follow-through.
may fear loss of influence, disapproval and being ignored.
values coaching and counselling, freedom of expression and democratic relationships.
victory with flair
friendship and happiness
authority and prestige status symbols
Needs others who:
concentrate on the task
develop systematic approaches
prefer to deal with things instead of people
take a logical approach
When communicating with the 'i' style individual, share your experiences, allow the 'i' style person time to ask questions and talk themselves, focus on the positives, avoid overloading them with details, and don't interrupt them.
DiSC® Classic Patterns: Promoter, Persuader, Counselor, Appraiser
"S" is for Steadiness
If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having an 'S' style means for you than what is presented here. You are welcome to link to this page to share this information with others. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.
People with the 'S' style place an emphasis on cooperating with others within existing circumstances to carry out the task.
A person with an "S" style
is motivated by cooperation, opportunities to help and sincere appreciation.
prioritizes giving support, collaboration and maintaining stability.
is described as calm, patient, predictable, deliberate, stable and consistent.
may be limited by being indecisive, overly accommodating and tendency to avoid change.
may fear change, loss of stability and offending others.
values loyalty, helping others and security.
power through formal roles and positions of authority
maintenance of status quo and controlled environment
Needs others who:
react quickly to unexpected change
become involved in more than one thing
apply pressure on others
work comfortably in an unpredictable environment
help to prioritize work
are flexible in work procedures
When communicating with the 'S' style individuals, be personal and amiable, express your interest in them and what you expect from them, take time to provide clarification, be polite, and avoid being confrontational, being overly aggressive or rude.
DiSC® Classic Patterns: Specialist, Achiever, Agent, Investigator
"C" is for Conscientiousness
If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having a 'C' style means for you. But this can be a useful page to link to and have others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.
People with the 'C' style place an emphasis on working conscientiously within existing circumstances to ensure quality and accuracy.
A person with a "C' style
is motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge, showing their expertise, and quality work.
prioritizes ensuring accuracy, maintaining stability, and challenging assumptions.
is described as careful, cautious, systematic, diplomatic, accurate and tactful.
may be limited by being overcritical, over-analyzing and isolating themselves.
may fear criticism and being wrong.
values quality and accuracy.
Needs others who:
delegate important tasks
make quick decisions
use policies only as guidelines
compromise with the opposition
state unpopular positions
initiate and facilitate discussions
When communicating with the 'C' style individual, focus on facts and details, minimize "pep talk" or emotional language, be patient, persistent and diplomatic.
DiSC® Classic Patterns: Objective Thinker, Perfectionist, Practitioner
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