DiSC Styles

Discover the Everything DiSC styles and what they mean

Everything DiSC Styles

The DiSC® model is a world renowned profiling tool that describes a person’s behaviour and explains why we act as we do in various situations. Understanding the DiSC® model and our own DiSC® style enhances our self awareness and increases our opportunities of working well with others.

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D – Dominance Styles (DC,D,Di)

Priorities: getting immediate results, taking action, challenging themselves and others

Motivated by: power and authority, competition, winning, success

Fears: loss of control, being taken advantage of, vulnerability

Limitations: lack of concern for others, impatience, insensitivity

How you can bring out the best in the Dominance style:

  • Get to the point quickly
  • Do what you can to respect their need for autonomy
  • Avoid small talk
  • Be clear about rules and expectations
  • Whenever possible, let the person initiate action
  • Demonstrate your own competence
  • Display independence
  • Focus on results

i – Influence Styles (iD, I, iS)

Priorities: expressing enthusiasm, taking action, encouraging collaboration

Motivated by: social recognition, group activities, friendly relationships

Fears: social rejection, disapproval, loss of influence, being ignored

Limitations: impulsiveness, disorganisation, lack of follow-through

How you can bring out the best in the influence style:

  • Show that you are open to collaborating with them
  • Talk about the bigger picture rather than the details
  • Be friendly
  • Appreciate the value of their energy and enthusiasm
  • Seek ways to recognise them so they feel well liked and appreciated
  • Emphasise the positives
  • Listen
  • Be more informal

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S – Steadiness Styles (Si, S, SC,)

Priorities: giving support, maintaining stability, enjoying collaboration

Motivated by: stable environments, sincere appreciation, cooperation, opportunities to help

Fears: loss of stability, change, loss of harmony, offending others

Limitations: overly accommodating, tendency to avoid change, indecisiveness

How you can bring out the best in the Steadiness style:

  • Show warmth and concern for their feelings
  • Take an easy-going approach
  • Respect that they might be more cautious
  • Show that you care
  • Offer support
  • Consider people’s feelings when making decisions
  • Avoid being forceful
  • Create a more predictable and orderly environment

C – Conscientiousness Styles (CS, C, CD)

Priorities: ensuring accuracy, maintaining stability, challenging assumptions

Motivated by: opportunities to use expertise or gain knowledge, attention to quality

Fears: criticism, slipshod methods, being wrong

Limitations: overly critical, tendency to overanalyse, isolates self

How you can bring out the best in the Conscientiousness style:

  • Focus on facts, logic and the details
  • Expect some scepticism
  • Allow them time for careful analysis
  • Avoid focusing on emotion
  • Expect criticism and know they will be sensitive to criticism
  • Know that they may not enjoy socialising
  • Back up what you are saying with evidence and data
  • Appreciate their need to constantly raise standards

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Each individual has their own unique DiSC style and priorities. (The ‘priorities’ are the words around the outside of the Everything DiSC map. These priorities are different depending on the Everything DiSC application) All styles are equally valuable and everyone is a blend of all of the styles.

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