What Is DISC
This is a short introduction to DISC, the universal language of behavior. Before we get too deep into what DISC is, let’s start with what it is not. DISC is not about intelligence, values or skills, DISC is not about personality. A common misunderstanding is that DISC measures your personality, that’s not true. Personality is basically everything you are including your values, motivation, emotions, beliefs, habits, attitudes and much more. For this reason your unique personality is very hard to measure.
DISC is only about your observable behavior, it is only about how we act and communicate. DISC is universal in explaining behavior regardless of age, gender, country, culture, industry, organization and position. Let’s have a look at the DISC model. DISC model is based on two interesting axis, with people who are outgoing to the right, and reserved to the left, and people who are more task-focused on the top, and those who are more people-focused on the bottom. That’s the basic framework. Let’s look at the four factors in more detail.
The D stands for dominance, it’s about how you deal with problems and challenges. People use words like direct, forceful, assertive, decisive and aggressive to describe people who score high on the D scale. For those who score low on the D scale, words like peaceful, mild undemanding and cooperative are used.
he I stands for influence, it’s about how you deal with people and contacts. People use words like outgoing, talkative, friendly, optimistic and trusting to describe people who score high in the I scale. For those who score low in the I scale, words like factual, logical, suspicious and pessimistic are often used.
The S stands for steadiness, it’s about how deal with pace and consistency. People use words like relaxed, stable, passive, patient and easygoing to describe people who score high in the S scale. For those who score low on the S scale, words like active, demonstrative, eager and impulsive are often used.
The C stands for compliance, it’s about how you deal with procedures and constraints. People use words like careful, accurate, systematic, methodical and analytical to describe people who score high in the C scale. For those who score low on the C scale, words like independent, opinionated, arbitrary and self-willed are often used.
What DISC Style Are You?
To find out your own DISC style, it’s as simple as completing a short online questionnaire. You enter your code, complete the questionnaire, and approximately 10 minutes later you’ll know your own DISC style. Once you’ve done your DISC debrief you can share it with others. Disc is the world’s most popular assessment tool because this one tool has so many uses. People use DISC around the world for leadership development, communication training, team building, sales effectiveness, recruitment and selection, customer service, coaching and management. Applying DISC to these topics is an easy three-step process. Step one, understand yourself by knowing your own style. Step two, learn and understand other people’s style. Step three, interact with others the way they prefer to communicate for more effective engagement.
To find out more or to sign up for your own assessment, go to www.claritybusiness.ca/DISC