The DiSC model is a straightforward yet powerful way to depict four main styles. These personality characteristics are abbreviated as D, i, S and C and stand for:
- Dominance direct, strong-willed and forceful
- Influence sociable, talkative and lively
- Steadiness gentle, accommodating and soft-hearted
- Conscientiousness private, analytical and logical
Every individual – regardless age, cultural background, educational level etc. – is a mix of all four styles by nature. Yet, every person has his or her own unique style. And these styles can be measured as to reveal the associated priorities: the eight words around the DiSC circle.
For example, John has a D style with Challenge, Results and Action as his priorities. And Mary has a combined iS style, prioritising Enthusiasm, Collaboration and Support. Meanwhile, Peter has a combined CS style prioritising Accuracy, Stability and Support with an added priority of Action.
Whilst more in-depth information is available, the proper understanding of one’s individual profile is key: on one hand it provides for greater self-awareness, whilst on the other hand it reveals the priorities and differences of others. Practical strategies and tips are given on how to deal with these for achieving a more effective co-operation.
The magic is therefore found in revealing one’s own individual style and then learning the ways how to interact more productively with the other styles.
DiSC assessments can be easily managed and completed online, which takes 15-20 minutes. Reports are generated quickly and feedback is presented to the participant in line with his/her level and duties, e.g. as team member, line manager, department leader, sales person or chief executive.
Whilst all Everything DiSC® solutions are suitable for use as independent tools, they are sometimes applied in conjunction with other personality assessment tools like Myers Briggs (MBTI).